I have been acting as a guardian angel for Shirley Smith, a resident at Jean Sandel Retirement Home here in New Plymouth since the beginning of the year. When I took this on I had recently had a major change in my own life and subsequently removed my offers to give myself time to adjust to this change. However, as I feel that the philosophy of time bank is so fantastic I wanted to continue my participation in some form.
Initially I thought it would be simply managing the ‘computer’ aspects, such as reading the emails, setting up the connections regarding Shirley’s offers and requests. It has become so much more than that. Shirley and I have forged a great friendship, and I visit with her on a regular basis. Being a Guardian Angel has turned out to be very satisfying on a personal level. So, if you are considering becoming a Guardian Angel, I say go for it!
Regardless of how Angelic you think you are or are not 😉
Shirley had a request for assistance in putting her memoirs of when she lived up the Mokau River together on Timebank. This sounded very interesting so I have been working with Shirley on these. During this time, we had a lovely day visiting the Mokau Museum with another time banker. Along with enjoying the museum itself, we came away with a few more photos to include in the memoirs. The staff at the museum were genuinely interested and very helpful. We have utilised other timebanker’s talents in putting the memoirs together, such has digitising Shirley’s photos and proofing the memoirs, I have a response to assistance to research and apply for funding, as we have nearly completed the memoirs this is the next step, securing funding to have the memoirs published.
We have had people take up requests to drive Shirley to Drs appointments which has worked well. What we would like would be for others to take up Shirley’s offers. Shirley is a talented artist and musician. She has offered to teach shell work, painting and the piano. If you are at all interested please go onto Timebank and take a look at what Shirley offers.
Once again, if becoming a Guardian Angel is something you have contemplated don’t hesitate as I believe you will find it as satisfying as I have.
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The next market is on the 4th of June at Ngmoutu Beach. It's our biggest market of the year, and we are currently asking Timebank members, new and old, to help with the set up, take down and assistance with helping new members sign up during the event. It's from 10-3. I will be there to set up our gazebo at 9 and will be there for the duration of the event until about 3:30. Any time used to help with the market will be given as Timebank hours.
Newstart Community Gardens will be holding an open day in either June or July and may be on the Sustainable Backyards Trail. If you haven't heard of it, the gardens are part of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Saxton road in Vogeltown. It is managed by one of our Timebankers and I used to volunteer there with my son every Friday. All food harvested is delivered weekly to Cook Street and Glen Park ave. They currently need help weeding and harvesting, and a working bee is a way to get everyone together once a month. Date for the next one is to TBD, and if you are interested in volunteering on a consistent basis, please let me know. Timebank hours are awarded for any volunteering at the gardens.
Access Radio hosts our weekly show, It's About Time. I typically coordinate with our two hosts, Bernie and Trix, although we are looking for more interviewees and interviewers to be featured. We talk about Timebank, what's going on in the community, and ideas or ways to get involved. It's very casual and a lot of fun. Access Radio is a great asset to our community, and they have done wonders in promoting Timebank over the last year.
Elderly outreach is ongoing. Every Friday at 10am, Michelle Bent, from Access radio hosts residents from the Jean Sandel retirement village and volunteers who like to provide companionship. You can receive hours for attending as well as a cup of tea or coffee and some good conversations. Please let me know if you are interested, and I will put you in touch with Michelle for the next one.
In terms of Disaster Relief, the Red Cross has joined our Timebank as an organisation, and we support their initiatives. Some of our timebank members collect donations during designated fundraisers for example, and they may receive hours for their time volunteering.
Timebank has partnered with the Taranaki Environmental Education Trust which currently is in the development phase of the Community Reuse and Recylce Centre on Colson Rd.
Website and Social Media
We are looking for people to write reviews, invite friends to like the Facebook page, start a group discussion, and/or write a blog for a newsletter or our new website, www.taranakitimebank.nz. This helps increase our reach and engage our audience, so it goes in line with the Radio Show.
Just as a side note, for anyone who volunteers for the sake of volunteering please feel free to donate your timebank hours to our Community Chest. The Community Chest is then used to support charitable organisations that may require volunteers. Please email me the hours, and I will make the updates so you receive the certificate via email.
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