LVRC Volunteering through Timebanking….getting to the heart of the matter
Volunteers are the life force and inspiration of any community. Liverpool City thrives on the generous time people give to help other people in need.
You’re invited to join our Liverpool City volunteer community through a NSW government initiative called Timebanking. This initiative, auspiced by the Liverpool Volunteer Resource Centre, is a community program that allows the voluntary exchange of services between members.
Are you passionate about something you’re good at? Do you want to serve people in need? Are you willing to lend a helping hand? Do you want to offer your expertise to someone in your local community?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you are a candidate to be a volunteer within your local community and Timebanking is for you. You are the key to unlocking great possibilities in the life of someone near you. Your help could change someone’s life and ease the burden that life’s struggles impose. A kind act of giving your time to someone who needs assistance could change that person’s life and give you a sense of truly belonging to a community that cares.
Do you feel isolated, recovering from a sickness, need a helping hand in your daily chores, require assistance around the home, want to learn something new that you’ve always dreamed of doing, want to chat over a cuppa?
Is your organisation seeking volunteers?
If so, Timebanking is for you.
This NSW government initiative is a platform for you to provide a service and receive a service. Time is the only currency exchanged between volunteers.
Here’s how it works:
It’s as simple as give an hour, receive an hour: by giving one hour to helping another member, you earn one hour of time credits which can be used to receive services that are of personal value such as dog walking, ironing, community gardening, language tuition, painting, administrative assistance... you're only restricted by your imagination.
Everyone can be part of Timebanking as everyone has something to give.
Once you become a Timebanking member, you are able to search through all the offers of assistance and requests for assistance made by other members.
If you see someone's offer or request that you could complete, or that you would find useful, you simply contact that person to arrange the completion of the service.
Following completion of the task, the person who provided the service logs onto www.timebanking.com.au and registers the number of hours it took. The system then completes the exchange of time between the members involved. Of course, if any mistakes are made about the amount of time exchanged, your local Timebanking provider can correct the mistake.
Everyone has something to give, so have a think about what you could offer and what you could want. It may be housework, it could be guitar lessons, or even reading to someone, there are no limits!
Our Timebanking Community Chest is a ‘time account’ which stores hours already fulfilled by volunteer members. You have a choice when logging the hours you spent helping a Timebanking member with their need. Instead of receiving time in return for your service, you may choose to deposit the time you are owed into our Community Chest for someone else who is unable to reciprocate a response to a need. This is a great way to help other people in the community if you don’t want to receive a service in return for your valued volunteering time. In other words, you are giving your time twice.
To learn more about Timebanking please phone Liverpool City’s Timebanking Coordinator, Melissa Cotterill at the Liverpool Volunteer Resource Centre on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (10am until 2pm) on 9601 6825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .