East Yorkshire's TimeBank to see folk sharing skills, from ukulele lessons to digging the garden
RESIDENTS will be sharing their skills in a new community drive being launched across the region.
The TimeBank scheme in Hull and the East Riding will involve members exchanging their skills and time.
For every hour a member gives, one credit is awarded and deposited in a time bank, which can then be withdrawn when that person needs some help.
Currently, the organisers are working with businesses and neighbourhoods to build up a network of time banks across the region ahead of its launch.
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Kate Macdonald, TimeBank co-ordinator, said: "This is the first time bank in this area and with the current climate of economic hardship, there couldn't be a better time to help people to help each other."
Everyone's time is equal, irrespective of the skills that are traded. Services offered can range from giving a guitar lesson or digging the garden, to keeping someone company.
No money changes hands and benefits are not affected.
The range of skills on offer so far includes knitting, sports coaching and ukulele lessons.
Ms Macdonald said: "We're really excited about getting people involved in making their communities better places to live, connecting people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to meet and enabling people to get things done.
"We want to hear from people because together we can make it happen."
The TimeBank group is interested in working with different communities and groups.
These can include neighbourhoods, businesses, schools and communities of common interest, such as those with long-term health conditions who have an interest in supporting each other.
Orchard Park residents met recently to discuss a proposed new time bank for their area.
A presentation about another scheme for Kirk Ella, West Ella, Willerby and Anlaby will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 7.30pm, in the Methodist Church, Willerby Square.
Lou Duffy-Howard, co-ordinator for the group, said: "It's a fantastic idea for the area.
"Lots of people do things for each other and it's great they can get credit for their work now.
"I like the way that everything is treated as equal. Nothing is more valuable.
"People I have spoken to have said what a great idea it is and that it could help bring back community spirit.
"If lots of people join in this area there will be a greater local choice of exchanges and people can use their credits anywhere in the world where there is a time bank."
For more information, e-mail Kate Macdonald at kate@timebank hullandeastriding.co.uk, visit www.timebankhullandeastriding. co.uk or call 01482 222778.