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Wales Millennium Centre announces a new partnership     

Wales Millennium Centre announces a new partnership

On Wednesday 15 April, 260 school pupils and community members attended the matinee of the award winning stage adaptation The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, through a time credit scheme offered by the company Spice and supported by Wales Millennium Centre. This performance marked the beginning of a new partnership between Wales Millennium Centre and Spice, a company that supports communities and schools in developing time credit systems.

Cantonian School (in Fairwater), Woodlands High School (in Ely) and Hawthorn High School (in Pontypridd), as well as 80 community members from Llanelli, Cardiff, Newport and Rhondda Cynon Taff were given the opportunity to see the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestselling book The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time as part of the time credit scheme offered by Spice, a company that specialise in delivering this scheme across communities and organisations in South Wales and England. Spice’s work in Wales has been enabled through funding from the Interreg IVB NWE programme as part of the Community Currencies in Action project (CCIA).

The time credit scheme works on a simple hour-for-hour basis: for every hour that a volunteer gives back to their community, they earn one Time Credit. By ‘earning’ time credits, through giving time up to their community or school, volunteers are then rewarded with physical time credit notes that they can spend with Spice’s partners.

Sarah Roberts, Creative Learning Manager at Wales Millennium Centre said “Becoming one of Spice’s partners gives us the opportunity to welcome children and community members to the Centre who may have never visited us before. We're looking forward to developing existing relationships with schools taking part in the time credit scheme as well as beginning new relationships with others; and we hope to help provide some lasting memories for those taking part.”

Steve Williams, Spice Schools Manager said “We are really excited to be starting a relationship with Wales Millennium Centre and are looking forward to giving our members the opportunities to access shows, events and much more at the Centre.”

Working closely with schools, communities, housing associations and health services, Spice have over 18,000 members across the UK who give a huge amount of hours into their community. In the simplest way possible – the time credit scheme rewards volunteers for the hours that they put in to making their community a better place. They are a fantastic tool for encouraging people who may be new to volunteering and also provide a system for organisations to work together to exchange their skills and resources.
 
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