Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Bland Shire community.
The community relies on volunteers to run our community groups, our service clubs, our sporting groups and many other services we often take for granted.
However, as people become more time poor our volunteers numbers are slowly declining and the average age of our volunteers is increasing.
The very nature of volunteering is changing. People still want to volunteer but are unsure how or are reluctant or unable to make any long term commitments.
A new initiative aimed at meeting these changing trends as well as engaging new volunteers is called Timebanking.
Following its success overseas, an active Timebanking community within the Bland Shire can see our volunteer numbers grow and community groups and individuals prosper.
This is your chance to take part in the volunteering revolution.
Timebanking is a community program that allows the voluntary exchange of services between members.
It’s as simple as give an hour, receive an hour: by giving one hour to helping another member, you earn one hour of time credits which can be used to receive services that are of personal value such as dog walking, ironing, community gardening, massage, language tuition, painting, administrative assistance... you're only restricted by your imagination.
Everyone can be part of Timebanking as everyone has something to give.
Once you become a Timebanking member, you are able to search through all the offers of assistance and requests for assistance made by other members.
If you see someone's offer or request that you could complete, or that you would find useful, you simply contact that person to arrange the completion of the service.
Following completion of the task, the person who provided the service logs onto www.timebanking.com.au and registers the number of hours it took. The system then completes the exchange of time between the members involved. Of course, if any mistakes are made about the amount of time exchanged, your local Timebanking provider can correct the mistake.
Everyone has something to give, so have a think about what you could offer and what you could want. It may be housework, it could be guitar lessons, or even reading to someone, there are no limits!
To learn more about Timebanking please phone Bland Shire Council's Community Development Officer, Rebecca McDonell on 6972 2266.