Timebank is a bank of hours where people can exchange time, skills and services. No money changes hands.
We recognise that each person has talents to share, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbours help one another. For every hour that you help meet the needs of another member, you earn a time credit for the exchange. This time credit can then be redeemed for services from others, and the cycle of give and take continues.
Timebanking creates links and relationships which help knit a community together. Membership is inclusive and open to all. Everyone’s time is considered equal and every person has something to contribute.
Some examples of timebank trades include gardening or home help, teaching skills such as languages or musical lessons, financial advice, rides to the airport or hospital, haircuts, workshops … the possibilities are many. Members can donate their time credits to the community chest to provide services for those who need them.
Timebank Raglan was started in 2012 with three main goals:
- Strengthen the fabric of our community.
- Serve people and give them a means to serve.
- Establish new relationships and meet real needs of our community members.