Charging time not money for your skills with Timebanking
THERE will always be things in life we are great at and things we are bad at, and free community service Timebanking works with that idea.
Northern Rivers Community Gateway runs Timebanking, a program that allows community members to offer services and ask for help from others at the cost of time, not money.
Volunteer and program coordinator Lenore Eastment said service opportunities were limitless.
"It could be to get your lawn mowed, it could be to get some sewing done, some people do knitting, cooking ... babysitting, dog walking," she said.
Other suggestions include computer repairs, language tuition, painting, cooking lessons, pool cleaning or gardening.
"Members can then look at what others want, and if they're in a position to be able to help, they contact them and discuss the details," Ms Eastment said.
"Then the other side of it is to put up what it is you're offering to do."
It's as simple as give an hour, receive an hour.
Ms Eastment said Timebanking could fit into any work schedule.
"Even busy working people can become part of it," she said.
"Then you've got people who are looking to do voluntary work and this is a way they can be rewarded for it."
When Ms Eastment became the program coordinator last year Timebanking Northern Rivers had 25 members.
It has since climbed to 60 members and she's confident it will continue to grow.
To sign up, visit www.timebanking.com.au and create a username and password to access the system.
If you don't have access to the internet or a computer, call the Community Gateway on 6621 7397 and ask for Ms Eastment, who will help you register.
Timebanking Northern Rivers extends from Byron Bay to Grafton.
The program is offered through the Community Gateway, but as a statewide program it is run by NSW Government Family and Community Services.
It is currently active in 70 communities.