This week is National Volunteer Week and we would like to stop and acknowledge the many, many people who give of their time and energy to helping care for and support people in the Blue Mountains Community who are in need.
Without all these volunteers so many people would not have contact with others in the community.
As 2018 draws to a close Timebanking Kiama would like to say thank you
A reminder that our get together is in just over 2 weeks. I hope you can make it. As we have quite a few new members who have joined since our last event, it would be lovely to meet you in person.
Apologies - the email address on the flyer is incorrect. Please leave off the 'au' at the end.
Dear Blue Mountains Timebankers
It's time for another get together. I hope you can make it.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
In the USA:
"By next year, youth busted for municipal ordinance violations may have the opportunity to face justice in something called a Timebank Youth Court.
For this program, teens who choose to opt in will face a volunteer jury comprised of teens and young adults. And the jury will choose alternative sentences in lieu of fines or citations. The goal? To connect youth aged 8 to 25 with an informal network of community services, residents and business owners.
"This would be processes to both divert tangible cases that are going through the courts, but also preventing crime from happening in the first place. "It's about providing an alternative for business owners and the stakeholders in the Cherokee neighborhood to refer youth to the program beforehand, so that they don’t feel the need to call police."
Recently Minister for Multiculturalism John Ajaka and Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons, awarded Liverpool Volunteer Resource Centre with $10,000 to support Timebanking in the local community.
The NSW Government provided $2 million to support volunteering in the community and this year, launched the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020. Timebanking is a major component of the Strategy and provides an innovative way for participants to exchange volunteer services online.
Article in the Sydney Morning Herald 22 May 2016 with Blue Mountains Timebanking members Dorothy and Fiona.
"I've lived my life saying that you can get anything done as long as you don't care who gets the credit," says Edgar Cahn.
Edgar, a lifelong social justice advocate and founder of Time Banks USA, recently received some much-deserved credit: alumni, students, professors and family gathered at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia to celebrate Edgar and his 81st birthday.
Read more here.
In summary, the interim report indicates that Timebanking continues to demonstrate that it is a powerful mechanism for building community engagement and increasing volunteering.
This has resulted in new support and care for those in need in our communities, increased social capital, the creation of new pathways to employment, and improved wellbeing and trust among participants.
Key findings include that Timebanking is the largest single such system in the world. It now has 5,700 registered members, including almost 500 organisations.
Member numbers continue to grow steadily with an increase of 44% since 2013.
Since the launch of Timebanking in November 2012, 20,700 hours of support have been exchanged.
There has been an increase of 18% in members using the system for trading compared with the last evaluation.
Timebanking is most active within smaller communities where the participants are embedded in their local community and existing organisations.
Neighbourhood and community centres are the largest groups of participating organisations and are producing some of the most successful engagement, linking local people to Timebanking transactions.
Trading and sustainability in new local communities and organisations are directly related to mutual support by participants and volunteer facilitators called time brokers.
It has had a positive impact of mutual support, particularly in the lives of older and relatively poorer people, factors that will encourage future participation and sustainability into the future.
Timebanking continues to achieve its program objectives, and in particular support of the NSW Volunteering Strategy in removing barriers to volunteering.
The meaning and value of community exchanges to participants will be the subject of further case study and will be presented as part of the final evaluation, which is due at the end of 2015.
Justice Connect is running a legal training session for NFPs in Sydney on 20 July called ‘Working with other NFPs, from MoUs to amalgamations’.
The training will be delivered by one of our member law firms, Norton Rose Fulbright.
More information and registration details for the training are available on our website, here.
Feel free to get in touch Savi Manii 8599 2115 if you have any questions about it.
Tim Jenkin South African writer, former political prisoner and prison escapee, currency activist and social entrepreneur (pictured middle) visiting with NSW Volunteering. In 2003, Tim founded the global Community Exchange System, an internet-based trading network, which allows participants to buy and sell goods and services without using a national currency.
Our Australian Timebanking software has been developed in partnership with CES. In 2007, Tim was elected a fellow of the global Ashoka Foundation, a leading social entrepreneur movement.
Tim is on an Australian speaking tour (click here for more details) discussing his experience as a political prisoner of the apartheid regime in South Africa and his subsequent escape from prison, and what these experiences taught him about social entrepreneurship.
Pictured Angela Chaperon (NSW Volunteering), Tim Jenkin, and Karel Boele (EcoDirectory)
National Volunteers week is here again. It’s a celebration of selflessness and community spirit that kicks off on Monday 11 May.
Now in its 27th year, the theme for National Volunteers Week 2015 is ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, because giving a little time for the wellbeing of the community can be an immensely rewarding experience.
Council’s Manager of Community Services, Simon Schweitzer, said that Volunteer’s Week recognises the valuable assistance made by local people who donate their time for no return.
“It’s safe to say that volunteers do not expect any reward for assisting the community, however, it is important to recognise their contributions and achievements.
“National Volunteering Week is a great opportunity for the community to say ‘thanks’ and to inspire others to give to local projects and services in some way.
“We see volunteers as an essential asset that provides the drive, enthusiasm and skill that keeps many of our important community services going.”
Council’s Volunteering Coordinator, Nathan Marshall said that Shire residents have a strong community focus and long history of volunteerism.
“Bega Valley Shire Council utilises the skills and knowledge of about 350 volunteers, including in the Regional Gallery, cemeteries, library services, sportsgrounds and through our hall committees,” he said.
If you are interested in volunteering for Bega Valley Shire Council please contact Volunteering Trainee, Bronty Burhop on 6499 2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your support of Timebanking since it launched in 2012.
The third routine update of our software has gone live.
We think it’s the best yet and its been developed with lots of input from users.
All you need to do is login at www.timebanking.com.au as usual.
Timebanking now has more than 5,200 members and is active in 69 communities across NSW. More than 17,300 hours of support have been exchanged.
Opportunities for members to come along to local social occasions and to see the new software demonstrated will be provided over the next six weeks, and we’ll keep you posted on what’s happening near you in the events area.
The first of these is at Newcastle on 12 March.
If we can answer any questions about the new software, or about Timebanking in your community, please contact us at email@example.com or (02) 9561 8597.
Meet the winners of the Picture of a Volunteer competition for 2014.
Jamie is a 16 year old student volunteer who finds volunteering in his local community a rewarding experience.
View Jamie's short film.
Angela volunteers with a museum to share her passion for technology with others and met a great group of friends doing it.
View Angela's short film.
Manan is passionate about the positive social impact that young people can achieve through volunteering and has experienced the benefits of volunteering first hand.
View Manan's short film.
Engage in volunteering and tell your story to others.
Shape Your Future NSW is a Facebook page where students share stories on how volunteering can help them find their own pathway to positive futures.
The Premier's Volunteer Recognition Program provides a greater recognition of volunteers than has ever been possible and complements the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award program.
The Program aims to recognise people who commence volunteering when young, and is designed to continue recognition through the volunteering and life course.
This will enable local people to recognise and celebrate those who make ongoing contributions to supporting communities.
The Program involves six categories and more information can be found at here.
Nominations are invited for the first round of recognition which will close on 20 April. Local members of Parliament will present recognition certificates in National Volunteer Week from 11-15 May 2015.
A group of Year 10 students from Bega High School have transformed two run-down garden beds by planting trees and flowers to beautify the Bega Town Centre.
The garden beds are located in prominent positions - alongside the Bega Youth Space in Gipps St and in front of the Post Office in Carp Street.
The five students involved worked hard to improve the soil and plant and mulch the beds in time for them to get the plants established in Spring.
Ben Thomas from Bega Valley Shire Council worked alongside the Police and Citizens Youth Club to help coordinate the project.
“it’s good to see such a great result with the young people giving back to the community,” he said.
The project was developed as a partnership between the PCYC, Bega Valley Shire Council, Wandama Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Service and Katungal Medical Service with generous support from Tulgeen Nursery.
John Smith from the PCYC says that the team did a great job in improving the gardens for the whole community to enjoy.
“The project was so successful because of the support of all the partners involved,” he said.
“It would be great to see this extended to other towns in the Shire over time.”
Photograph: From left to right: Jason Smith, Jarram Toomey, Jo Norton-Baker from Wandarma, Ben Thomas BVSC, Nathan Leslie, Jarred Miller, Petrina Bodey, Lochlan Lonesborough, and at the front is Kaylene O’reilly.
~Feel free to visit the Springwood Neighbourhood Centre & use our own dedicated Timebanking computer. Just ask our reception staff for a hand if you need one :)
Break out the sparklers, dust off your hourglass & generally go wild, as we welcome Timebanking to the Blue Mountains!
Michelle's son attends Wyong Public School and she responded when Principal Graham Holmes asked parents to give 10 hours of volunteering time per year, to support the school and their children's learning.
"I help out with literacy and numeracy. I change the home readers over and glue in the student homework sheets. I also help in the canteen for half an hour a week. Small things really, but it's very rewarding to see that I am helping, I am making a difference."
"It's not about giving a lot of your time; it's more about giving people a little bit. When the school signed up as a Timebanking organisation, I registered as a Timebank user."
In return for her volunteering, Michelle has already received support from another Timebanking group - "I have been able to use the time that I volunteer at school to get some weeding done at home and this has given me more time with my family."
Download Michelle's case study here (pdf 467 KB).