In exchange for free time helping the community, volunteers in Buckinghamshire can enrol onto adult learning courses.

The programme, run in conjunction with national charity Spice, aims to provide a way for local people to become more involved in their communities. Across the country, more than 16,000 people have benefited from using Time Credits.

Volunteers can spend their Time Credits on any adult learning course excluding work-based learning, all weekend courses and those courses which result in a qualification at Level 3 or above. Courses last from one-day to one-year, and most classes are two hours long. To view adult learning courses, please click here.

To book a course, you will need to work out how many Time Credits you need by calculating the hours of the course. For example, if the course has 20 hours, 20 Time Credits should be used. Payment cannot be a mixture of cash and Time Credits. Any supplements, exam fees or materials must be paid for separately. There is also a separate £10 annual registration fee for all learners that will be required to pay upon enrolment. If you are on a means tested benefits, you may be able to get help with costs, please click here for more information.


The Chair of Buckinghamshire County Council, Val Letheren, with Yves, one of our Maths volunteers, at a reception to celebrate the contribution of volunteers to the work of the Council.

To enrol onto a course, phone 01296 382403 or enrol in person at any adult learning centre. Please let staff know you are paying with Time Credits and hand over or post the correct amount of credits for your chosen activity.

How do I become a volunteer with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning?

If you would like to become a volunteer and register for Time Credits, please contact us on 01296 383470 or email volunteer@buckscc.gov.uk. Application forms will then be sent to you to complete. All of our volunteers must have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to work in our Skills classes. This will be arranged for you and is free of charge. Information and training will be provided to support your volunteering role.

Time Credits in Buckinghamshire are part of Prevention Matters, a partnership between Buckinghamshire County Council, the District Councils, the local community and voluntary sector and the NHS.

Prevention Matters aims to support vulnerable adults, including older people, adults with disabilities, those with chronic health needs, and/or poor mental health. Volunteers will earn credits for supporting activities such as befriending, volunteer driving or running local interest groups.