A TIME bank scheme where people exchange skills instead of money has got under way.

More than 60 people attended a launch event in Richmond and 30 people and two organisations have already joined the project, which works on the basis that one hour of help to another member of the bank earns one time credit. The credit can be spent on the services and skills offered by other members.

Services being offered include hairdressing, piano playing, manicures, aroma-therapy, reflexology, painting and yoga.