How To Refer Your Client

Step 1: read the Introduction for referral agencies (right)

Step 2: read the Guidelines for participants (below)

Step 3: copy the Application Questions (below) with your answers and send to us:


We will confirm if the opportunity is currently available and invite your client to joining meeting.

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Introduction for referral agencies


TimeBuilders activities can be defined as:

  • Projects that create purposeful work for volunteers on a flexible basis, working together to fulfill a need in the community.

  • Groups that share hobbies and skills.

Participating in TimeBuilders is best for people who want to make a change in their lives, who need a period of inspiration and a challenge through which they can build confidence. Our ethos is based firmly on the idea that purposeful volunteering and feeling valued for your contribution is the best foundation for making changes in your life.

All our activities are run by volunteer leaders, none of whom are qualified or trained in supporting vulnerable people. This means they must be comfortable with the number of and type of participants in their activity. They may not always have the capacity include everyone who would like to join.

The guidelines below will help you to discuss the best options for your client.

 TimeBuilders Taster Session 

 Friday May 24th 1:30pm

 at St Mary's 

 no need to book 


 a chance to try something new 

 learn about TimeBuilders 

 chat to staff 

Guidelines for Participants

for each project



FoodCycle Project

Our volunteers prepare and serve meals for anyone at risk of hunger, with food that would otherwise be wasted. Volunteers need to work in a team, follow instructions, communicate clearly and do a variety of tasks, from stirring soup to laying tables, and doing the dishes. Cooking experience is not necessary.

*Limited space in the kitchen means that there are fewer suitable places for those who need supervision/support worker. Wednesdays 10-2pm.

Growing Communities Project

Our volunteers grow vegetables and maintain community gardens. Volunteers need to be prepared to work in a team, follow instructions, get their hands dirty, sometimes work in cold and wet weather. Gardening experience is not necessary.

*Some opportunities for people with supervision/support worker.

Mondays 2-4pm & Thursdays 10-12pm.

Solace Women's Card & Jewellery Making Group

The group informally make crafts, sometimes to sell. Leaders provide guidance and inspiration. Pay £1 for materials.

Mondays 10-12am. 

Speak English Programme

Our volunteers deliver informal conversation groups to people starting to learn English. Volunteers need to be confident in speaking, listening, encouraging the learners. Teaching experience is not necessary.

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fridays 10-12am



Community Workshop Project

Our volunteers run a community workshop where members make and mend using waste timber. Volunteers need to work in a team, follow instructions, be trained in woodwork skills and capable of working safely. *not suitable for people who have difficulty in retaining learning, or working independently.

Various days.

Art for Wellbeing Group

The Group allows people to practice all sorts of art, without instruction or tutoring. The group is run by volunteers from CAST who aim to support those on a journey of mental health recovery. Materials are provided.

Mondays 2-4pm.

Creative Writing Group

The Group allows people to practice creative writing with inspirational excersises provided by the host. The group is run by volunteers from CAST who aim to support those on a journey of mental health recovery.

Wednesdays 1.30 -2.30pm 

Sewing and Textiles Group

The group practice sewing knitting and textile craft. Participants share skills without a specific tutor. Sometimes the group prepare items to sell.

Tuessdays 1-4pm

Litter-pick Team

Our volunteers make a difference to the local streets, tidying and picking litter. Volunteers need to be prepared to walk for two hours, picking litter with a 'grabber' and carrying a bin bag, dressed for cold and wet weather.

Mon 2-4pm, and Wed 10-12pm.

Walking Group

The Group plans easy going walks for 2 -3 hours. participants need to be prepared They meet at St Mary's. Wednesdays 12.45.

Family Choir at St Mary's

The Choir rehearses and performs popular songs, all abilities are welcome, no singing experience is needed. Its an informal choir with an experienced and inspirational leader.

Wednesdays 3.30 - 5pm.

Application Questions

To help us process your referral please answer these questions and send to us:

1. Your organisation's details

2. Your client's initials

3. The extent of your responsibility to your client

4. Your proposal for your client's participation with TimeBuilders (capacity/project/group)

5. The support your client requires.