Love our Timebank

 

The Wellington Timebank engages our collective power to strengthen community; we make it easy for people to actively engaged with the people, organisations and businesses around them.

We are a community of people who call and respond to each other on a daily basis. It works! Connections are made and needs are met - as each person experiences being valued for their contribution to their community, they start to realise that they are vital to it.

People who join the timebank are asked to pay a yearly membership fee . We rely on the generosity of others to keep the timebank going. Your contribution to the Timebank allows us to keep working towards our vision of a city where we look out for each other and embrace diversity.

 Community Weaver software used by the Wellington Timebank introduced fees in late 2017. The fees are calculated by membership size and as we have such a large and lively timebank, the software now costs us approximately NZ$2,500 per year.

We sought feedback about ways to meet this new financial challenge while still maintaining our kaupapa and affordability for members in early 2018. The most popular response was to make our current sign up fee an annual membership fee. We hope this  annual fee can contribute to the Timebank becoming more self-sustainable and less reliant on fundraising and grant based funding.

Based on the Timebank Community feedback  and our own research we have developed the following model that we call “Pay what you can, or pay it forward”. We encourage you to pay what you can between $0 and $80, with $20 being our recommended standard fee. 

No one will be denied an opportunity to be part of our  Timebank community because they can’t afford the membership fee. Nor will special privileges be given to those who choose to contribute greater fees.


Ways to contribute:

Pay With POLi

Click HERE to pay with POLi

Donate online with your credit card

Donate via online banking: 

Newtown Community Centre
06 0574 0236602 50

Send a cheque in the mail to:

Wellington Timebank
℅ Newtown Community Centre
P.O. Box 7021
Wellington South

Drop off

Donations and fees can be dropped off at the Newtown Community Centre, corner of Rintoul and Colombo Streets, Newtown. Ask for Alana

 

FAQ

I remember hearing about all this over a year ago, what took so long?

Over the past couple of years at Timebank there have been a number of changes. This has included change of coordinators and the coordinator role changing from a two person role to a one person role. These changes have meant that it has been difficult to implement Membership Fees smoothly. We as a steering committee, have had a number of discussions regarding the need to have streamlined systems in place to implement these fees, this has meant re-looking at systems and processes. We came to the decision that it was not easy to implement a mandatory annual fee without streamlined systems, and so we are only now trialling our ‘Love Our Timebank Month’! We hope that this will resolve some of the barriers we have been facing with implementation.

 I’m an active and engaged Timebank member, I don’t remember being asked or consulted about this membership fee?

 In early 2018, we emailed a survey to all Timebank members and engaged through Facebook posts. We included information about our upcoming changes in our weekly Trading Posts - we’re sorry if you didn’t get to see it (or if it was so long ago, you’ve forgotten!) We had over 65 members respond to our survey, which represents approximately 11% of our membership.We welcome any feedback that you have to the “Pay what you can, or pay it forward” model and the recommended sliding scale of $0 to $80, with $20 being our recommended standard fee.

 It doesn’t seem fair that some people might pay and others won’t?

We are a high-trust organisation. To implement mandatory fees would require administrative time and cost that is beyond our capacity as an organisation. This model has been developed with existing organisation capacity in mind. This will be a trial run of a proposed annual Love Our Timebank, Pay Your Fees! month and we welcome your feedback.

We also have people in our Timebank who may be in a difficult situation and perhaps do not have the funds to pay their fees hence the sliding scale and pay it forward option. We are hoping our members will be happy to pay what they can and support other more vulnerable Timebank members in doing so!

Why a whole month of hounding me?

Implementing mandatory annual fees is expensive and administratively taxing. We run a pretty lean ship here at the Timebank with one part time coordinator and a volunteer steering committee to support a membership of 650. Membership fees will go a long way to covering the costs of the Community Weaver software and helping the timebank to be sustainable. The idea behind the Love Our Timebank month is to give you plenty of time to remember pay your fees, to engage with Members about the importance of Timebank and to promote Timebank’s values and benefits. This will be held in the month of November due to this being Wellington Timebank’s birthday month, and will be closed with a Love Our Timebank Awards Ceremony and Birthday ‘Bash’ at the end of November.

The timebank is about exchanging time credits, not money. Why should we have to pay to use it?

Community Weaver, the platform that we use to make offers and requests and record exchanges has started charging users of the platform.Community weaver charges start-up TimeBanks a launch fee and they receive CW3 hosting, maintenance and limited tech support for one year from the date of launch. After year one (Wellington Timebank is in Year 8), timebanks pay the regular biannual fee (twice a year) for the hosting, maintenance, security, and tech support that Community Weaver provide on an ongoing basis.

We are required to pay $2,500 a year to use the Community Weaver software. We have done a lot of research and this is the best option for us at this time. We are continually re-assessing our options, however we feel that Community Weaver meets the needs of Wellington Timebank, and for the moment we are happy to contribute to the running of this service through paying for it and we hope you are too!

Lots of timebanks seem to have volunteer coordinators, can't we cut costs by paying our coordinator in time credits?

Our Timebank is really successful, active and thriving! Not only is because our members rule, but we really credit this with having a paid coordinator who enables the engagement of members, develops ideas and events and brings enthusiasm to the role. Timebanks have been shown to be more active when there is a coordinator behind the scenes making things tick! We would like to continue to have an awesome active Timebank, and our coordinator really adds to that.

Why does Community Weaver cost so much? Its kinda hard to use a lot of the time. Couldn't we save money by using a different type of software?

Community Weaver was built by volunteer developers and offered as a free service to timebanks for many years. We benefited from this generosity for the first 6 years of being a timebank. Unfortunately this became unsustainable for them Charging fees allows Community Weaver to upgrade the software and provide a better service to timebanks across the world.Community weaver charges start-up TimeBanks a launch fee and they receive CW3 hosting, maintenance and limited tech support for one year from the date of launch. After year one (Wellington Timebank is in Year 8), timebanks pay the regular biannual fee (twice a year) for the hosting, maintenance, security, and tech support that Community Weaver provide on an ongoing basis. We have done a lot of research and this is the best option for us at this time.

We are continually re-assessing our options, however we feel that Community Weaver meets the needs of Wellington Timebank, and for the moment we are happy to contribute to the running of this service through paying for it and we hope you are too!