Feb 01 2011

Roxeth Time Bank

Good at decorating but hopeless with computers?  Speak fluent German, but need help with a spot of gardening?  If any of those apply to you, or even if you don’t, you may be interested to know about something called the Roxeth Timebank.  According to www.timebanking.org, “A time bank is a new and exciting way for people to come together to help others and help themselves at the same time. Participants ‘deposit’ their time in the bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to ‘withdraw’ their time when they need something done themselves.”

So it’s more than just a one to one relationship with someone – you don’t have to find a gardener who wants to learn German, for example… You just do provide your particular skill, and then when you need help with something, you’ve got the necessary hours already credited and ready to use.

Why have a time bank?

“Market economics values what is scarce – not the real work of society which is caring, loving, being a citizen, a neighbour and a human being.” – Dr Edgar Cahn, founder of international time banking movement

There is a market economy in which money drives transactions. Then there is a non-market economy that it not considered as an economic system at all: our network of support in the form of family, friends, neighbours and community. A time bank is a way to strengthen a non market economy.

The market economy depends on the healthy functioning of the non-market economy – we all need support from family and friends. We take it for granted that the non-market economy will always be there. As such, we can undervalue what it provides.

We notice when things go wrong with the non-market economy. Social isolation, run-down estates, crime, poor health, no feeling of community: these are just a few of the symptoms of an area in malaise, with poor social connections and few support networks.

You can look at an area in decline like a body with a weakened immune system. The protection holding that body together – family, friends, neighbours, community – are falling apart. It is losing its connections. The body needs to be fit and healthy to function and to grow.

What we need to do is to strengthen the area’s immune system, by drawing people together and by developing mutual friendships and support.

A time bank is a way to achieve that, to strengthen communities.

The Timebank serving South Harrow is the Roxeth Time Bank and its members offer the following services (and probably more…)

Adult literacy, Baby sitting, Book keeping, Budgeting, Building work, Car repairs, Car washing, Cat feeding, Catering, Companionship, Computer skills, Cooking, Craft work, Cycle repairs, Design work, Dog walking, Driving a car, English Conversation, Errands, Escort to appointments, Film and video, Films and video, Fitness, Form filling, Gardening, Giving lifts, Hair dressing, Help with form filling, Helping with social events, Home repairs, House sitting, Housework, Knitting, Leafleting, Letter writing, Listening, Massage, Meet children from school, Metalwork, Motorbike repairs, Moving/Lifting, Pet care, Plant watering, Pottery, Provide local knowledge, Publicity work, Reiki, Sewing, Shopping, Simple decorating, Sports coaching, Story telling, Teach foreign language, Teach Guitar, oboe,sax,harmonica, Teach reading, Traidcraft, Translations, Typing/word processing, Visiting, Washing/ironing, Woodwork, Youth work.

Contact details: roxethtimebank@gmail.com or call 0753 125 6004

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