Having a sense of connection with your local community is a hugely important part of having a sense of belonging somewhere. Many of our members started off new to the region, and even new to the country. Joining Tai Tokerau Timebank was a way of finding connections with like-minded people; access to a wealth of knowledge, skills and resources so much more quickly than it might otherwise take.
Settling in to a new community requires a lot of learning of where to go and who to ask about things that were second nature where you came from. The Timebank website enables you to search for particular skills, as well as post Requests (and Offers!) for assistance. Social events and workshops help you meet other members, plus our organisational members provide a wealth of opportunities to get involved with your local community.
This video shares some of the ways members have appreciated how timebanking helps foster a sense of community for them.
In 2020-2021 French Canadian videographer Jean Baillargeon and partner Helen Roberts found themselves stranded on their yacht in Aotearoa NZ due to Covid. Luckily for us they joined Tai Tokerau Timebank and Jean put together a number of videos for us to explain the benefits of Timebanking and also some "How to..." videos to help members navigate their way around the Timebanking website. You can find all of the videos on our YouTube channel.