Building on the successful partnership that brought the Calgary Dollars Market to the Bow Cliff Seniors Centre, the two agencies are once again collaborating on an exciting new venture: The Rosscarrock Timebank project.
Timebanks have been around since the early 80’s though they have existed informally as long as there have been communities of people helping each other.
Timebanking is based on reciprocity – the concept that when people get assistance from a neighbour or a community volunteer they like to “return the favour”. A Timebank formalizes this exchange of service by assigning a value to the hours spent helping someone and this value is then “banked” and can then be used to “purchase” a needed service. Service exchanges can take place between two Timebank participants or Timebank hours can be used later for a service offered by any registered Timebank participant.
The Rosscarrock Timebank is open to any senior or teenager who lives in the community of Rosscarrock.
Interested teens and seniors will be brought together in the fall to get to know each other and talk about needs and interests.
From their input, a registry will be created listing skills that teens can offer – help with household chores, yard work, or snow shovelling, for example – and talents that seniors can offer – help learning skills like gardening, sewing or knitting, card games and such. Project staff will help match teen’s and senior’s needs and interests to relevant skills and talents being offered.
Are you a senior living in the community of Rosscarrock? Do you need help with things like household chores and yard work?
The Timebank is a great way for you to get help and have fun getting to know the teenagers in your neighbourhood! For information or to get involved call Corrine at 403-270-8002.