Exchanges

The exchange of time and services with other people in the local area is the essence of timebanking. No money changes hands and everything is done in the spirit of goodwill. Here are some of the most common services which are requested or offered by our members:

  • Gardening help
  • Giving lifts
  • Computer advice
  • Simple DIY or decorating
  • Housework or cleaning
  • Language help (English or a foreign language)
  • Help with CV's or interview skills
  • Sewing jobs
  • Cooking or baking
  • Haircuts
  • Companionship
  • Office skills
  • Literacy help
  • Complementary therapies
  • Moving or lifting
  • De-cluttering
  • Bike maintenance

A great exchange

Iona has been offering English language help to Francesco, who is from Spain. In return, he has helped her with practical jobs in the home and garden. (Please note it is not necessary to give and receive an exchange with the same person).

Francesco and I spent three and a half hours during last week... Francesco wants (to understand) local accents, which he finds incomprehensible ... we all did our best. Today we are concentrating on interview skills as he has to go to London tomorrow. He is going to report the hour he spent on the shed and perhaps the half hour or so he spent hoovering my lounge. He did a thorough job, moving the furniture, etc while Nathan washed the kitchen floor ...