Support for Timebanking in Port Macquarie
Minister for Ageing, Disability Services and Multiculturalism, John Ajaka and Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced a grant of $15,000 to support the growth of Timebanking in Port Macquarie while visiting volunteers at the Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre.
Timebanking enables participants to receive a credit for each hour of volunteering they gift to someone else and then exchange that credit for support from someone else. The system is online, and membership is free. Timebanking strengthens local communities and provides tangible recognition for local people supporting one another.
Expanding Timebanking is a major initiative of the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020, which aims to support increased recruitment and recognition of volunteers in local communities.
Minister Ajaka applauded local commitment to Timebanking in Port Macquarie.
“I commend Port Macquarie Neighbourhood Centre for their support of Timebanking, Minister Ajaka said.
“There are so many inspiring stories of people embracing Timebanking and giving their time to enrich each other’s lives in a meaningful way. Flexible support available when it’s needed is at the heart of Timebanking.”
The 2016 Timebanking evaluation shows that one third of participants are new to volunteering.
“The Evaluation also shows that more than 80% of people who give and receive support from others are highly satisfied with their lives, compared to only 30% of those who do not participate in this way. I am delighted to be providing further funding for the expansion of Timebanking when it’s so clearly producing such stellar results for participants,” said Minister Ajaka.
Leslie Williams said our region has a very large percentage of people who volunteer their time across a range of different organisations and services.
“I am confident that Timebank locally will be a huge success and I thank Minister Ajaka for the funding to ensure the growth of the service,” Mrs Williams said.
NSW has the largest single Timebanking system in the world, with more than 6,300 members, including 500 organisations, who have exchanged more than 25,500 hours of support. To join the Port Macquarie Hastings Timebanking community please visit: www.timebanking.com.au
For information on the NSW Volunteering Strategy 2016-2020 and the Timebanking evaluation please visit: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au.