NUSHO builds sustainable volunteering projects in communities in order to address social isolation and encourage inter-generational working leading to a greater respect & understanding of all age groups.
This is achieved by setting up time banks were individuals share their time, skills and knowledge with others in their communities without pecuniary gain. For every hour spent helping someone they earn one time-credit. These credits can be exchanged for help for themselves from the time bank
Our Social and Environmental Activities
NU Social Health Organisation (NUSHO)is a Charity no. 1152251. NUSHOs main object is:
To develop the capacity and skills of the members of socially disadvantaged communities in the UK in such a way that they are better able to identify, and help meet, their health and wellbeing needs and to participate more fully in society through the use of the time banking philosophy.
(Socially disadvantaged people are those people who have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice or cultural bias because of their identity as a member of a group without regard to their individual qualities. This definition also includes economically disadvantaged people whose assets and net worth fall below the UK poverty line.)
NUSHO promotes the Social prescription for health through the Timebanking model. To address low level mental health, health screening and promotion and engagement and peer support.
Evidence that advocates the value of Timebanking can be found in a thesis Gregory (2012), stated that:
Time banking supplies a means for coping with social ills, whilst helping to develop members confidence and capabilities.
Wilkinsons (2005) research suggested that time banking addresses psychosocial ill-health and offers a foundation for building a wider campaign for change. Therefore it can be suggested that time banks operate within a framework which not only facilitates local resilience, but also creates space for asking why the need to be resilient.
NUSHO is funded by small grants and donations. These donations pay for the equipment and materials that may be needed for time bank members to carry out activities such as gardening, litter clearing, painting, transportation for medical appointments and shopping for elderly neighbours, etc