Sharing our time: a local Timebanking trial

Several of the University’s staff and students participated in the recent launch of the New South Wales Timebanking trial at the Hunter Wetlands Centre.

To launch the initiative, Environment Minister, the Hon Robyn Parker MP, planted a specimen rainforest tree on the site. Community members including UoN students Yuko Hirano, Thitaporn Keinwong and Yang Tian Ci as well as UoN staff Professor Stephen Crump (PVC External Relations) and Sharon Douglas (Manager, Community Engagement) then joined in the planting celebrations.

The Wetlands joined forces with the NSW Office of Communities and the Hunter Volunteer Centre to launch the Timebanking trial with an anticipated 5,000 volunteers planting 12,000 seedlings in the Wetlands over a period of two weeks.

The Community Engagement Office will be working closely with the NSW Office of Communities as well as the Hunter Volunteer Centre and Volunteering Central Coast to ensure that our staff and students are able to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in Timebanking.

Timebanking is a program that allows the voluntary exchange of services between members. The concept is simple – give an hour, receive an hour. By giving one hour to helping another member, you earn one hour of time credits that can be used to receive services of personal value such as dog walking, ironing, community gardening or painting.

Everyone can be part of Timebanking as everyone has something to give.

Timebanking volunteering at the Wetlands is running until 30 November 2012.

For more information or to register your interest, email volunteering@communities.nsw.gov.au or phone 02 9995 0573 or contact the UoN Community Engagement office e: engage@newcastle.edu.au p: (02)4921 8612

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