What happens when charity meets fun?
Rushey Green Time Bank’s goal is to reduce social isolation by encouraging people to get involved with the local community by offering time and skills. The currency they deal with is time, so for every hour you spend helping someone, you are entitled to an hour’s help in return. It’s about connecting people and building a network of people who support one another when they need it.
Reading about their work The Chandos Manager Max was keen to support their work. ‘That’s why we decided to run two games nights whose profits go to the charity’.
‘Rushey Green Time Bank (RGTB) was our main inspiration’ says Max, ‘We are a Pub, we are community based, so I have always liked the idea of doing something for charity. During those nights every pound is collected in a jar, then all the money is sent off to RGTB. The Chandos pub has steadily been raising money for the Time Bank – around 10 pounds a week – attracting the help of many local customers. Their sights aren’t set there, Max hopes to hold some bigger community events in support of the charity over the coming year.
Families, young people, regular clients: everybody is invited to join The Chandos for some ‘drinks, fun and laughs’ while contributing to an important cause and supporting a close community.
Chandos hosts two events: a ‘Monthly pub music quiz’ and a ‘Thursday Lego challenge’. In the first one, contestants will have to test their musical knowledge, answering as many question as possible. The winner will then be awarded with a series of carefully selected prizes.
In the second, competitors are given a theme – often related with Christmas – and a specific time frame – one hour – to build the most impressive structure, thus creating an entertaining story. At the end of the challenge, a jury rates every creation and announces the winner.
Each ‘pint of Lego’ costs £1 and all the proceeds goes to Rushey Green Time Bank, helping to build ‘happier, healthier communities’.
Article by Jessica Ciucci