Long Term Conditions Timebank

Being diagnosed with a long term condition such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, arthritis or mental health can be a challenging time for the person concerned. And there may be times when a person needs additional support to help them manage their condition.

Timebank South West is working with the Clinical Commissioning Group, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth University to develop a Long Term Conditions Timebank (LTC) that offers, one to one support to people.

We have trained and DBS checked volunteers from all walks of life, who will support you:

  • to learn about and manage your long term condition
  • by being a listening ear
  • to make and stick to, short term goals
  • to build social links through Timebanking

Who is it for:

Anyone who has a newly diagnosed or existing long term condition and needs a bit of support in managing their condition. A health practitioner may suggest the LTC Timebank and refer you to us or you can call us direct and we will arrange to meet you at a date, time and venue convenient to you, to listen to your needs.

LTC Volunteers are:

  • friendly, caring, calm and non-judgemental
  • someone who you can talk to confidentially
  • practical and helpful
  • someone who can help you find out more about your condition and arrange appointments with medical or other services
  • someone who can help you decide what you’d like to do to feel healthier
  • someone who can help you to find activities that will suit you and, if you want, who can go along with you so that you don’t have to go on your own

What are the benefits:

  • A better understanding of your condition will enable you to manage it well, so you can get on with enjoying your life
  • Increase your confidence and reduce anxiety
  • Meet new people and make friendships
  • Take part in activities that you enjoy doing
  • Gain better sense of health and well-being
  • You are in control as to what happens and when
  • It’s non-clinical