Selwyn Timebank

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Click to go to the Selwyn Timebank website.


What is a Timebank?

Timebanking is a positive way of trading skills in the community through workshops, working bees, events and trades.  

The Selwyn Timebank has been set up to strengthen our communities by creating opportunities for people to meet their neighbours and pool their resources and skills.

Timebanks trade in time credits rather than money. Timebank members can request help for a specific job and then pay for that help with time credits. Timebanks do not need direct trades to work because time credits earned are put in an account to be spent when needed. Working bees to get big jobs done are a great way of harnessing the energy of a timebank and provide an opportunity for people to meet.

Organisations and schools can also be Timebank members and can pay their volunteers with credits.

Why a Timebank? 

Timebanks recognize that all members of a community have skills to contribute, and that the overall community is strengthened when neighbours help one another.

In fast-growing communities, such as many of the towns in the Selwyn district, newcomers may not easily meet other residents. For established residents traditional networks may break down as grown up children settle elsewhere and neighbours commute into town to work. The Selwyn timebank provides a new way of forming networks and meeting other people in the community.

In Lyttelton after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes the timebank played an essential communication and resource role and became an essential part of the local civil defence.


How to join

Becoming a member is free and easy online click to create a new account for yourself or email the coordinator on with your contact details. The coordinator will ask for the names of two people to be character references for you. You'll then be invited to an hour-long orientation session where you will learn how to use the website and how to go about trading.

Once you are a member you will be emailed a weekly "broadcast" which lists the latest offers and requests.

We look forward to meeting you!

The Selwyn Timebank team


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