Health in your Hands: Building Our Community One Hour at a Time

Raglan TIMEBANK began 8 years ago as a way of providing a service in exchange for time instead of money.  Individuals and groups are able share their energy, knowledge, expertise and skills at the same hourly rate. One hour is credited for one  hours work whether it’s cleaning , healing, teaching or lending a hand in the community.

Timebank exchanges vary,  from helping with children and animals, gardening , household chores  to small maintenance jobs . Workshops on healthy living, cooking, sewing, crafts and sport activities enable members to gain knowledge and fitness in an affordable way. As Timebank is under the umbrella of Whaingaroa Environment Centre ( WEC )  and they share the same office at the Raglan Town Hall in Bow Street. WEC  promotes such schemes as the  Karioi Project and Plastic Free Raglan; consequently   Timebank members are often involved in other volunteer groups and community minded establishments such as the Raglan Community House Raglan, Crop Swap, Extreme Waste,  and fitness and wellness groups, spreading the  spirit of giving and receiving. Timebank is a great way to meet like-minded people, and individuals are encouraged to exchange services amongst themselves often developing lasting friendships.

Timebank has a Catchup on the last Friday of the month at the Orca Restaurant at 10.30 and everyone is welcome.  Sarah the Timebank coordinator is available from 12.00 until 2.00  every Friday at the Environmental Centre, to help new members. There are Pot Luck Dinners and Garage Sales throughout the year as well as a food stall at the Art Centre Monthly Market. Timebank members can also be seen at Community events such as the Maui Dolphin Day and  is open to all ages and abilities. Whether it’s helping a neighbour move house or learning the waltz for an up and coming wedding there is sure to be a Timebank member or group who would love to help.  Offering something you enjoy doing promotes resilience and wellbeing for all concerned.

Spring has been a particularly busy time for the time bank coordinators and individual members are making sure those less fortunate don’t miss out on the abundance that exists in our little community. Meanwhile the environment flourishes as we look towards a sustainable future.         

Pauline Abrahams

What’s on

Film “2040” Nov 19th  8.00 pm Raglan Old School. ‘Positive solutions for the future that already exist’.

Timebank Kinesiology Workshops, ring 8250232

Nia Dance Term 4 starts  Wednesday Oct 23, 9.30 at the Town Hall, first session free.

Timebank Catchup Oct 25th 10.30 Orca Restaurant, all welcome.

Timebank Tunesday, every Tuesday at 5 o’clock.

Raglan Community Radio 98.1 fm. Sarah interviews Timebank Members.

Every Thursday Senior Technology 2pm at Raglan Community House

Saturday Club Raglan, at The Community House 9am

Next Crop Swap Sunday  20th Oct , at the Bowling Club 9.30

Every Monday Care and Craft, 9.30 at the Bowling Club

Wednesday Nov 6th Raglan Community Support Group, 11.00 at Stewart Street Hall. Shared Christmas Lunch, bring a plate.

Wednesday  Nov 13th  Lunch Group, Raglan Hospital and Rest home 11am

Knitters Circle 10.00 every Wednesday at the Orca Restaurant