CALGARY DOLLARS & BOW CLIFF SENIORS LAUNCH TIMEBANK
Building on the successful partnership that brought the Calgary Dollars Market to the Bow Cliff Seniors Centre, Arusha and Bow Cliff Seniors 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, whether from a neighbour or a community volunteer, they like to “return the favour”. A timebank formalizes thus exchange by assigning a value to the hours spent helping someone. This value is then “banked” and can be used to “purchase” a needed service. Service exchanges can take place between two timebank participants or timebank hours earned can be used later to access 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 in SW Calgary. Interested teens and seniors will be brought together in the fall to get to get to know each other and talk about their 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 teens’ and seniors’ needs and interests to relevant skills and talents being offered.
The Calgary Dollars Rosscarrock Timebank is a great way for seniors to get help with chores while having fun getting to know the teenagers in their neighbourhood! Are you a senior or teen living in the community of Rosscarrock? Do you know someone who might be interested in this project? For information or to get involved contact Corrine at 403-270-8002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.