Wellingtonians who exchange their time and talents with other members of the community will celebrate their organisation's first birthday on Sunday.
The Wellington Timebank will acknowledge volunteers and outstanding timebankers at a ceremony attended by Mayor Celia Wade- Brown at the Island Bay Community Centre.
Timebanking is a reciprocal exchange of skills and services for time credits - every hour a person spends providing service can be traded for an hour of another person's time.
Services exchanged have included acupressure massage, garden services, making green cleaning products and hairdressing.
Other timebankers have provided motorcycle maintenance and accompanied people to Work and Income appointments.
Co-ordinator Hannah Mackintosh said the timebank had proved to be a way for people to connect and get to know each other.
"The timebank connects people in a way that is meaningful.
"They know that the exchange is going to be based on mutual respect and people enjoy being able to share their skills with others," she said.
Wellington Timebank has grown markedly and now has 180 members, with 450 hours traded.
The anniversary will be celebrated with a barbecue from 3pm till 6pm on Sunday, November 25.
Jazz band The Troubles will perform, children will be entertained by a storyteller, and food will be donated by Commonsense Organics. The event is open to all.
For information, contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Wellingtonian