From left Suz Hall, Juliana Albertoni de Miranda, Meredith Youngson,                                                                                          Margaret Jefferies, Etal Gilad, Di Jennings, Anna Cunningham and Sue Noble.

TimeBank workshop looks at community resilience

Timebank Raglan recently held a workshop with Project Lyttelton chair Margaret Jefferies to discuss community resilience.

Margaret introduced the concept of TimeBanking to New Zealand and following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, the Lyttelton TimeBank acted as a hub organisation activating its extensive social network through which valuable resources could flow.

Over 20 representatives from various local organisations attended the workshop including the Raglan Rest Home and Hospital, Raglan Backpackers, The Yoga Space, Crop Swap, Chamber of Commerce, Trade Aid, Raglan Community Board and Raglan Area School.

Participants looked at how their organisations could fit into the TimeBank model, what they can offer and what they can get in return.

TimeBank Raglan coordinator Anna Cunningham says the workshop was inspiring and heart-warming, and she looks forward to having conversations with Raglan organisations about how TimeBank can work for them.
“I’m so excited about the synergies that came up as we were talking, and the opportunities that TimeBank has to act as a conduit for collaboration between our organisations.”

The workshop provided motivation for Raglan Rest Home and Hospital and Raglan Area School to sign up to TimeBank and Anna says she will start working with them to find ways that TimeBank can benefit them.

Anna and Juliana are keen to hear from both individuals and organisations who want to get involved with TimeBank Raglan and help create a connected, resilient community – contact timebank@whaingaroa.org.nz.

Janine Jackson