Are you looking for volunteering opportunities in the Ryde (and surrounds) area?
Are you not sure how you can help people, or you’re not able to commit to a regular volunteering program?
Then Timebanking is for you!
What is Timebanking?
Timebanking is a community program run by the NSW Government, designed to utilise and share the skills of all members of the community.
In its simplest form, it works by one person using a skill they have to help someone for an hour, and then receiving an hour of skilled help from another person.
The program aims to improve communal values in local communities across NSW. Every hour given and every hour received is the beginning of a relationship, which then becomes part of a larger social network. It reconnects neighbours and re-instils a sense of working together for betterment.
No matter what skill someone offers, they are all weighted equally by the time spent doing them, rather than the perceived monetary value.
For example, you may need help walking your dog so you value someone who can spend an hour doing that - while someone else may value that you can teach them how to speak Spanish for an hour.
Everyone can be part of Timebanking as everyone has a skill to share.
Why should I participate in Timebanking?
The Timebanking program is great because it not only connects communities, but also provides opportunities for locals to utilise their skills and make use of other people’s skills. It makes everyone’s lives easier.
In the past many disadvantaged people have taken part in the program as it allows them to use a skill, such as teaching someone how to knit, and in return they get something such as the opportunity to socialise, be taken on an outing, have their lawn mown etc. No one loses out with Timebanking and everyone is valued, no matter what skill they have.
Who can do Timebanking?
Anyone over 18 years old can be involved in Timebanking. We encourage equal participation from people of all walks of life as everyone has a skill they can offer. You might think it’s simple - like giving someone a phone call - but to that person your social skills mean the world. Local charities such as ours also post requests for skills, so getting involved means you can help a whole lot of people.
What kind of skills can I use?
The skills you can use and receive are only limited by your imagination! Some of the skill requests posted on www.timebanking.com.au include:
- Dog walking
- Teaching a language
- Professional skills such as graphic design or hairdressing
- Personal training
- Socialising with isolated people
- Music tuition
- Administrative assistance
- Shopping assistance
- Handyman tasks
- Pool cleaning
- Cooking lessons
- Flat pack construction
- …anything you can think of!
How do I sign up?
North Ryde Community Aid coordinates the local program in the Ryde and surrounds areas. To sign up for Timebanking go to www.timebanking.com.au website and follow the instructions (it’s free!). The website is where people post skills they are in need of and you can post skills you need too. Using your profile, you can track how many hours you’ve accrued and submit hours for skills you’ve received.
If you aren’t confident with computers, or someone you know would like to participate in Timebanking but doesn’t have the internet, you can contact Rebecca at North Ryde Community Aid on (02) 9888 3380.
We also have a Facebook page where we regularly post local Timebanking opportunities and keep everyone up-to-date with volunteer appreciation events and information.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us or see the FAQ page on the Timebanking website.