Kate spreading the word about value of TimeBank

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By Mick Jensen

Kate White is hoping to get Mid Canterbury on the TimeBank South Island map.Kate White is keen to spread the word about TimeBanks and eager to establish one in Mid Canterbury.

Instead of dollars, time credits are used as payment for services in the TimeBank. Credits earned for the work you do can then be used to “buy” another member’s time and services.

Mrs White, an Ashburton relief teacher, said a TimeBank offered a positive network of services and was a useful tool to connect communities.

The concept could save people time and money, reward organisation volunteers and also help reduce community isolation.

“Everyone in the community has something to offer and every person is equally valued in the TimeBank.

“It might be gardening or window cleaning services, providing conversation for a new immigrant to practice English, or giving golf advice, the list is endless – it’s about doing the things you like,” she said.

Mrs White said she was at the “dream stage” of setting up the TimeBank here, but hoped that an upcoming workshop in Ashburton would also get others excited about the project.

Going forward, it was hoped to establish a website and develop the membership process.

The TimeBank would be managed through a tailor-made software package.

“I’m more than happy to give up my time to be the co-ordinator and to help facilitate the process of matching needs with services.”

been inspired by the initiative after attending a conference in Lyttelton where a number of TimeBank groups had shared their stories.

Annelise Hall from the Lyttelton TimeBank will speak at a workshop at Ashburton Trust Event Centre on June 1 (1pm until 2.20pm).

For more, contact Kate (midcanterburytimebank@gmail.com) or visit the Mid Canterbury TimeBank Facebook page (Facebook.com/groups/1237590779623344).