Internationally acclaimed speaker Sarah Bird, CEO of Timebanking UK will address a public meeting in Clonakilty Hotel on 12th December at 8pm. This meeting forms part of a strategy to introduce a successful Timebank project into West Cork.

In Timebanking, TIME is the currency and Timebanking encourages everybody to help those in their community. So for every hour that someone gives to help someone else they will receive an hour in return and they can spend that hour at the Timebank for themselves. That could be in the home, in the garden, walking the dog – it can be anything. It is a great way to get to know people and help each other out in the community by giving as much or as little as you wish.

Timebanking is a worldwide phenomenon which has achieved very impressive impacts in diverse communities throughout the world achieving Meitheal, social activity, positive community involvement and improved standard of living for many members.

Core Values of Timebanking include:
• We are all assets: Every human being has something to contribute.
• Redefine Work: Some work is beyond price but needs to be honoured.
• Reciprocity: Helping works better as a two-way street.
• Social Networks: We need each other to reweave communities of support, strength and trust.
• Respect: Every human being matters.

To give you an idea of the possibilities, here are the kinds of exchanges our Timebank members can become involved with – escorting people to appointments , shopping or doing small jobs for people, doing simple housework, minor home repairs or gardening, helping out with childcare and babysitting, telephoning people who are lonely, visiting people, letter writing and help with form filling, sharing skills in music, baking, fitness, computers, knitting, gardening, sewing… the list is endless…..

  • A survey of Timebanking activity found:
  • 89% would recommend joining Timebank to a friend.
  • 74% agree that Timebanking has improved their quality of life.
  • 53% have developed new skills through Timebanking.
  • 68% agree that Timebanking has made them feel better in themselves.
  • 67% agree that Timebanking has reduced their loneliness.
  • 43% agree that Timebanking helped them do more regular physical activity.
  • 83% agree that Timebanking helped them make more friends.
  • 64% agree that Timebanking helped to increase their trust in diverse groups.

Quote from a Timebanking member: “Timebank was a support net for me when I was most isolated. I feel more connected to my local community now – it is lovely being with such a diverse network of nice people”.

All are welcome to attend our meeting in Clonakilty Hotel on 12th December at 8pm. Please invite your friends.

See www.hOUR-Timebank.ie or contact 023 886 9118 for more details.

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