The Bank of Time (BT) is a network of citizens who share part of their time on activities or services (without the intermediation of money) with others (members of BT). It is a time -sharing network that has its origins in the ancient "barter system" of rural areas. The BT project in Parla has been running since October 2010, with the following objectives:
- Improve the quality of life of citizens through the exchange of services, networking activities.
- Promote positive values: self-esteem, confidence, communication, participation, reciprocity, equality and interculturalism.
- Create meeting places where people approach and exchange knowledge, skills, experiences etc.
- Achieve social networks and emotional ties between the neighbours to contribute to the prevention of social isolation, loneliness…
Of the 90 members 21% are foreigners from Colombia, Ecuador, Guinea, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia. Of exchanges that have arisen, 37% have been between mixed couples (national and foreign).
Among the services offered are actions related to care for people with special needs, education, leisure and sport, languages, sewing, housework, transportation, computer repair.