Kia ora koutou,
We've survived over a week now of our temporary 'new normal' and hopefully folk are finding their feet in these strange times. Of course many resources of Timebank are still available, the mode of delivery just has to adapt!
We have several weekly events set up now using Zoom, an online conferencing platform. You can download the app (for free) or use your browser for joining in online. You can also phone in to participate (from a landline or cellphone), although this only really works for discussion orientated sessions rather than workshops where you need to be able to see what is happening. We aren't charging timecredits for events through the rāhui, but if you do wish to donate timecredits to the Community Fund for participating that would be great.
Crafternoons: Mondays 2-4pm - grab yourself a cuppa and some handcraftwork, join in the chat and share what you're working on. We had an inspiring conversation about upcycling clothing last week. Contact Greer to take part.
Gardening at Level 4: Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm - between Level 4 water restrictions, total fire bans and Level 4 Covid19 restrictions meaning many sources of gardening supplies aren't publicly available gardening can pose some new challenges to us all, and just when more people have the time or inspiration/motivation to get their hands in the soil. Each week we'll have facilitated discussions with a number of experienced gardeners on hand to share their own experiences and answer your questions. We'll all have wisdom to share, suitable for gardeners at all levels. Contact Anna to take part.
Off-Grid Homesteading: Wednesdays 11am-12noon(ish) - practical workshops starting with making your own sourdough bread, and covering a wide range of topics such as foraging, making healing balms, beeswax wraps, bottling, fermenting etc. You don't have to be living off-grid yourself to take part! Contact Charlotte to take part.
Alternative Economics, Alternative Societies: Fridays 10-11.30am - an opportunity to discuss housing models, alternative currencies, the gift economy, timebanking and everything in between using a 'lean coffee style' facilitated format. We'll use small breakout groups or set up additional times if the numbers get too big for everyone to easily contribute. Contact Greer to take part.
There are other ways that you can carry on timebanking on a more one-to-one level
Phone buddies: We're offering to pair people up as phone buddies during the rāhui/lockdown. You make a commitment to have a call with your buddy at least once a week for the duration of the rāhui for a chat. You may prefer to use Zoom, Skype, Facetime etc to actual phonecalls. Some might want their minds taking off the current situation, others might need to talk it out, we'll do our best to pair people up appropriately. The idea is that the support goes both ways, and you can both earn timecredits from the Community Fund for taking part. No limits on timecredits available for this, the important things is keeping folk connected. Contact us stating your preferred means of communication and if you have a particular preference for the type of call/any 'no go' zones etc.
Wellness buddies: Are you wanting to try a new exercise or mindfulness regime during the rāhui, but aren't sure you'll keep it up? Post an offer if you're willing to team up with someone virtually and check in on each other's progress. This is about providing moral support and motivation, not guilt trips!
Sharing surplus fruit/veg/seeds: If you have a surplus that you can't use up within your bubble consider how you might be able to share your abundance in a contactless manner. Leaving things to be picked up, or dropping them off in mailboxes/by the gate when passing (please do not make any additional journeys to do this), letting people know about fruit etc that is overhanging your fence line that they can pick themselves... if it's seeds they could be posted. Just remember to wash your hands thoroughly etc!
Volunteering Northland are pairing up those in need with those offering to help https://volunteeringnorthland.nz/ If you help out through this, or any other community activity to help your neighbours during the rāhui you can log your hours and earn timecredits from the Community Fund - the people you help don't need to be in Timebank for this! You can log your hours yourself using the request provided (we trust you!) or you can ask your local coordinator if you need help doing this.
If you need help with something eg collecting shopping etc you can also post a request or contact your local coordinator.
If you know you will be heading to the shops etc at a specific time you could post an offer to collect/deliver things for neighbours - please remember it is up to you to use safe practice to avoid the spread of Covid19 - check out the current situation and guidelines on the Ministry of Health website https://covid19.govt.nz/
Other ideas: Can you offer storytimes, help with homework, proofreading assignments, practical home maintenance advice over the phone or via internet communication? Lots of people have lost their usual 'go to' options for these. Now is a really good time to update your profile, talents list and offers! Remember if you could use these kinds of services you can post a request for them.
News just in: Treaty Workshop opportunity: As a member of Tai Tokerau Timebank, you are warmly invited to attend the upcoming online workshop:
Topic: Northland Treaty workshop - Part 1 of 2
Time: Monday, Apr 6, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Click on this zoom link just before 10 AM: https://zoom.us/j/848907301 (Meeting ID: 848 907 301) If you haven't already downloaded zoom, a prompt will ask you to click on a link to do that, before you can click to join the workshop. Save time and download zoom now!
I think that's it for this week's round up! I'll be posting a news update each week with what's happening in TTT rather than try to put together a monthly newsletter for April as so much is changing so quickly, and new opportunities keep arising.
Above everything else, please stay safe, and stay home as much as possible. Remember that your local coordinators are here to help and connect you where they can over this strange period.
Kia kaha, ngā mihi nui
on behalf of your Tai Tokerau Timebanking team
Te Hiku: Paula Walker email@example.com
Bay of Islands-Whangaroa: Charlotte Boss firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaikohe-Hokianga: Graeme Kettle email@example.com
Whāngārei: Greer Rasmussen firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Coordinator: Anna Dunford email@example.com