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Bridge2Rocks Timebank


Time Banking is a way of trading skills in a community. It uses time, rather than money, as the measurement tool. Members of a Time Bank share their skills with other members within the community and are given time credits for the work they do.  With the credits they gain, each member can ‘buy' someone else's time, and get the service they need.

Why Join a Time Bank?

Time Banking adds a richness to Time Bankers' lives. As a concept it brings ‘wealth', in the form of friendship, caring for one another, having our needs met from within our own community and getting help with things we can't do.

Skills that are often taken for granted are valued - especially non-market economy skills - like mothering, basic home help and caring, friendliness, listening.

In Lyttelton as a result of the Time Bank we can see a tighter community forming. Friendships are forming between people of different backgrounds who would not usually have met. The elderly are being cared for and the skills they share are valued. Special needs people are encouraged to participate.

Time Banking builds relationships and trust in a community. Everyone has something they can contribute to the wellbeing of the whole.

Everyone's Time is Equal

With Time Banking everybody's time is equal, no matter what type of work is done. 1 = 1. If you give one hour's work, you receive one hour time credit. If you have another member do one hour's work, they are paid one hour time credit. Every person is equally valued.

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Read the latest news

Times are changing for not-for-profit organisations.  The global and New Zealand economic landscape has changed which has resulted in goods and services being exchanged, valued and created in different ways.  This is particularly true in Christchurch where in the last year not-for-profit organisations have had to adapt swiftly and make major changes to meet the needs of their organisation, staff, clients and members.  

Collaborative consumption has seen an increase in sharing, bartering, gifting and trading.

Timebanks have proven to be a successful mechanism in dealing with such difficult times and are part of the internationally growing movement of groups working collaboratively and mutually to maintain or expand their services.