2014 in a nutshell

 

Boom! This year we reached 500 timebank members and a record 1200+ trades.

Timebankers traded over 2000 hours sharing their vast and varied skills providing each other with the opportunity to learn new skills, get help when they need it and feel the full rush of endorphins released at the joy of helping out others. Timebankers continually amaze me with their generosity and commitment to being an active part of their community and using their skills to benefit others.

A personal favourite this year was seeing timebankers come together to build Hanaa a garden. With donated plants and several working bees she now has a fence, compost bin, a new hedge, flower garden and a vege patch, and she’s a very happy woman!

We’ve been lucky to build new connections with organisations that also work to make Wellington an awesome place for all its diverse peoples. I’ve loved the creative way that Alpha Art Studio have been using the timebank to bring more people into the lives of those they work with and share the skills of their guys with the rest of us. We’ve also been honoured to work alongside the whānau at Ngati Kahungunu ki Poneke Community Services. Later in the year we extended a warm welcome to Park Rd Vocational Services, Age Concern and Kaibosh and we’re looking forward to working with ya’ll in the new year!

Personally, I am endlessly grateful for the 800 volunteers hours that have gone into supporting me in the role as Coordinator and to helping the timebank continue to build and evolve. It would be an impossible task without you all. As a result of these hours (and heaps more unrecorded ones!) this year we’ve held our first ever Love Our Timebank week (shout out to Liz Willoughby-Martin for that one!), first successful No Sh*t Gift Shop, twelve fundraising Chalkle talks, a film fundraiser, two styly Conversation Dinners and hosted a National Timebank Hui.

And none of this could be achieved without the weekly coffees (Peoples Coffee, of course) with Anna and the monthly Steering Committee meetings (/catch ups & slurping up Margaret’s delicious soups).

I wish you all a Meri Kirihimete.

P.S. The Timebank office will be closed from Thurs 18th Dec – Tues 20th Jan. Peace out!