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An interview with Rachel

Rachel, our timebanking coordinator, answers some questions about Timebanking in Newsome.


What do you spend your time doing?

Listening to people, finding out what’s going on in the community. 

Looking for opportunities for people to accept help and experience timebanking.

Encouraging others to make use of timebanking – I’m always looking for people who have different skills and experiences.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

Getting people to accept help and to realise that not only are people willing to help but one person asking for help benefits everybody. 

How have you overcome this problem?

Sometimes groups ask for help when individuals seem to treat asking for help as a sign of weakness. Once people see the benefits, more people start to use timebanking. 

What are you most pleased about?

The friendships that have developed and the difference it’s made to people, people are no longer strangers. People are working together make things happen, and their confidence is increasing with every timebanking experience. 

What have you learned?

People don’t think they have anything to offer, when the thing people value the most is simply the companionship of others.

What would you like to see happen in future?

I’d like to see more people and organisations supporting timebanking in Newsome and elsewhere in Huddersfield, making it easier for people to trust each other.


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