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Inclusion Timebank launching in the Inner South-East

Posted in Movements by Inclusion Melbourne Volunteering on June 13th, 2012

Local disability organisation Inclusion Melbourne is moving forward with its cutting edge new initiative, the Inclusion Timebank. The Timebank is a new approach to volunteering, work, friendship and community building.

If you are a local of the inner South-East, international student, local student, senior citizen, person with support needs, professional, young person seeking work experience (or basically anyone really!), the Timebank allows you to share your skills (languages, tutoring, gardening, design, housework, art mentoring, anything really!) with other Timebank members and learn new skills or get help in return. For every hour of help you give someone, you receive a credit hour, which you can spend on help from someone else. No money ever changes hands. An hour for an hour. All recorded on our fantastic online portal:

www.melbinc.timebanks.org

Members sign up through Inclusion Melbourne’s Volunteer application process and are assisted by the Timebank coordinator to make their initial exchanges.

It sounds simple – almost like bartering or the well-known LETS system – however Timebanking has the potential to transform communities through:

  • Creating access into a pool of skills and services that would not usually be available due to financial or other limitations
  • Filling the gaps in services provided by government
  • Valuing everyone’s time as equal
  • Facilitating new friendships
  • Upskilling whole neighbourhoods
  • Joining people together to see needs met
  • Creating an environment of respectful reciprocity in a diverse body of people

The Inclusion Timebank is open to anyone who lives, works or ‘does life’ in the area around Armadale (including East St Kilda, Balaclava, Malvern, East Malvern, Toorak, Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra and Caulfield North).

There will be an information session and launch held at Inclusion Melbourne in Armadale at 5:30pm on Monday 25 of June, at 5.30pm. If you would like to book a place at an information session, learn more, or sign up, please call the Timebank Coordinator on 9509 4266 or email us at timebank@im.org.au

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