The Team

As a properly constituted SCIO Portobello Timebank is run by a ‘board’ (as defined in our Constitution) and there are currently seven ‘charity trustees’ appointed to the ‘board’ as detailed here. Any member can become a ‘charity trustee’ and take part at meetings. We are always on the lookout for volunteers, so if you’re a member and interested in joining the board, please make yourself known to one of us.

Frank Ledwith – chair (co-opted August 2019 and elected 29/09/2019)

Previously a committee member since January 2017 after joining the timebank in October 2016.

Kirsty Carver – secretary since the timebank launched in early 2013.

Having been involved in the Timebank from day one I’ve seen how it has grown and developed mainly by our members but also through sharing our Timebank experiences and hearing about other Timebanks in Scotland. I love the way each member’s involvement is different, some are dippers, only using it for social events others are so embedded they feel like the Mr Downes who I lived next door to as a child – some have become close friends too. I joined a hopeful group in 2012 and helped launch the Timebank in early 2013, I’d just moved to the area, recently had a baby and wanted to have a greater network locally – happily everything fell into place. I’ve exchanged hairdressing, lifts in my car, help moving & lifting and lots of loans and received massage, jewellery making skills, help decorating, bike maintenance… the list is endless.

James Carver – treasurer since November 2016.

I joined the timebank in 2015, in part because I found myself with more free time because of a job move. Almost straight away I was impressed by how much the Timebank did for me in terms of motivation, meeting people and getting some edible benefits (my weakness). Whether it be digging up paving slabs, scarifying lawns or doing a minor bit of DIY, it really cheered me up and in return I got jams, biscuits, cakes and some chat! As a fan of conservation and a hater of litter I began organising some timebank litter cleans around Portobello and again, I was amazed by the impact we made, the enjoyment of my fellow timebankers picking up litter and the gratitude of local residents. These have continued to expand and we now also support the Friends of Brunstane Burn initiative in Joppa.

Josephine Petersson – charity trustee from June 2018

In  October 2017 when we moved to Portobello I met Frank (our chair) at a stall in Portobello market and he quickly recruited me to Timebank which I much appreciate. My sense of community is considerably enhanced and have met many inspiring and amazing locals.  My cake baking has much improved and the joy of sharing is invaluable. When it was suggested by Irene (previous chair) if I would consider joining the committee I was delighted. I’ve had multiple exchanges from re-learning to thread a singer sewing machine (from 1915) to mending and patching, making Christmas decorations…. The list and possibilities goes on. One of my main interests is the ‘Environment’ and the well being of our planet and those who live on it, animal, vegetable and other.  I’ve become increasingly involved in community gardening and hope we can continue to develop further ‘waste’ patches for the benefit of all. Currently I’m involved with 4 sites.

Clodagh Ross – charity trustee from April 2019

I joined Timebank in 2017 having moved to Portobello from Newhaven in 2014. It sounded like an interesting way of getting to know people and to potentially make some sort of contribution in the community. Since joining, my main offers have been cat feeding and helping out on the coffee stall at events. Since lockdown, I have also been one of the scone bakers for the virtual coffee mornings. My main successful requests have been garden related: the installation of a water butt, my pride & joy, getting a new hook in the wall for my washing line, and help taking a fence down.

Richard Wright – charity trustee from August 2019

I helped Irene Thomson with membership admin from October 2018 before being co-opted to the committee following Irene’s departure in July 2019. My main role is membership secretary (new memberships, hourworld admin and induction), but I also help with the newsletters, and look after this website. I joined the timebank in 2014 seeing it’s strength in building community. I’m in the Litter Clearance and Conservation Groups, and enjoy fixing and restoring various tools and equipment for members. Occasionally I do small DIY jobs, though I usually have plenty of that at home!

Anne Stevenson – co-opted December 2020

I love the fact that we are a community within a community! It’s definitely the best thing I’ve joined since moving to Portobello in 2016. The best bit for me is the friends I have made! Every time I go out for a walk, or to the market, I will bump into a Timebanker and have a chat. I have provided help with sewing, fixing a sewing machine (also had mine fixed), dog walking, chicken sitting, enormous wing making, camper van advice, amongst other things. I’ve received some darning, help washing my conservatory, advice for leaky windows, how to look after my bike, plant cuttings, and I’ve given a talk on happiness at the Dalriada and helped at the Village show.