TIMEBANKING is a way of trading skills in a community.
INSTEAD OF DOLLARS, time credits are used as payment. You earn time credits for the work you do, and then use them to 'buy' another member's time to get the services you need.
EVERYONE'S TIME IS EQUAL. No matter what type of work is done, one hour always equals one time credit. 1 = 1. Every person is equally valued.
Everyone has skills to offer. Things that we are good at, things we enjoy. Sometimes people feel they have no spare time. But if we do things we like, and get another member to do the things we don’t enjoy so much, everyone benefits! Some offers and requests on the TimeBank are: cooking, sewing, gardening, child minding, transport, wood stacking, computer help, music lessons, storytelling, and companionship, to name but a few. Get creative!
Timebanking originated in the USA in the 1980s from the work of Edgar S Cahn. Since then it has spread worldwide. Project Lyttelton set up New Zealand’s first TimeBank in 2005. Timebanking continues to grow with TimeBanks popping up all over New Zealand.
Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank is set up to strengthen our community in Lyttelton and around the Harbour. We want neighbours to meet each other, feel confident helping each other and to grow in awareness that we are a community growing strong together.
Click on the “Join the TimeBank” link under the TimeBank logo on this page, to sign up. If you don’t usually use a computer, then phone us on 03 328 9093 or visit us at the Lyttelton Info Centre. After an orientation, and 2 character references, you will be up and running.
The Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank is a community strengthening tool that became a surprising partner in emergency management during the earthquakes in Lyttelton. Read Developing Local Partners in Emergency Planning and Management: Lyttelton Time Bank as a Builder and Mobiliser of Resources during the Canterbury Earthquakes to understand the important role that the Lyttelton Harbour TimeBank played in promoting community resilience.