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Wellington Time Bank Newsletter

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Island Bay School Fair
 Saturday, 3 November
11am - 2pm
This Saturday is the annual Island Bay School fair. Rumour has it, it will be well worth checking out.

Michael McCormak is celebrating a decade of publishing calendars by creating a special limited edition 2013 calendar of Island Bay. He'll be donating $10 of each calendar sold to the Island Bay School.

There will also be a selection of crafts, toys and clothing, as well as a great book sale. There will also be musicians playing (some of whom also happen to be timebankers!) while you peruse the stalls.

Don't miss out on the live auction at 12.15pm with goods including artwork by Gretchen Buwalda, a Wishbone Alphabet 3n1 Bike, a Scooter and a Kathmandu voucher. There will also be a silent auction closing at 1.30pm. All proceeds go towards building the new community hub at the School. Find out what you can bid for here. Trading TalesIt takes a difference to make a difference
THERE’S a Timebanker in Island Bay with a difference – and he’s making a big difference too.

Rex found out about the Timebank through Lindsey at IDEA Services, part of IHC New Zealand, an organisation which works to empower those with intellectual disabilities. Lindsey thought time banking would be empowering for Rex, and in turn Rex liked the idea of getting out and meeting different people.

Together they visited Hannah at the Timebank and although Rex says it was “scary” at first, Hannah made him feel very welcome.

Since then there has been no stopping Rex. He delivered pamphlets around Island Bay for a Timebank event – “That was fun, that was awesome,” he says – as well as helping Ryan, the IDEA Services Volunteer Coordinator move offices, and he  also repainted a picnic table for the Island Bay Community Centre, where he volunteers weekly.  During these weekly visits he earns time credits by updating the Timebank noticeboard with news for Island Bay members.

Colin, the Island Bay Community Centre Coordinator, says that one of the advantages of the Timebank is that it has given him and Rex a mutual interest. “We find that we have lots of different things to talk about that we might not otherwise have.”Rex agrees, and says that he really enjoys having a regular job to do each week.

“I like working with Colin and seeing what people are offering and requesting. It’s good fun putting up the notices.”

Rex has thought a lot about what else he has to offer. His offers include putting up notices, general handyman jobs, pet feeding, stuffing envelopes and cleaning cars.

In return he would like to ask Angie, a chef from the Timebank, to bake him a cake which he could share with his flatmates. “I’d like that,” says Rex, “I’ll ask her next time I see her.”

The Timebank has made a positive difference to Rex’s life and he believes it has even made him “a better person”. He has learnt new skills as he has become more familiar with his Timebank duties and doesn’t need as much supervision.Now Rex has a new goal. He would like to learn how to edit the Word documents before printing them and putting them on the noticeboard.

The monthly Island Bay coffee catch ups have also been great for Rex. He says that they are important to him and he turns up every month to meet new people and catch up with those he already knows. Rex says that he has a bigger circle of friends, and he now says hi to the people from the coffee catch ups when he passes them on the street.

Rex is looking forward to the Timebank first birthday celebrations. “I can’t wait for that. I’ll be there”.

Finally, Rex hopes he can inspire other people, including those with disabilities, to come forward and join the Timebank, as he feels safe with the people he has met. “They’re good people”.Hurricane Sandy
 Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the hurricane that has been sweeping across America. 

This disaster reminds us of the importance of being prepared in the case of an emergency.

Why not check your emergency supplies over the weekend and see if anything needs replacing? Perhaps change the water over in your bottles so it remains fresh.

You could 'Like' the WREMO facebook page to stay up-to-date with weather warnings and gain some practical tips of being prepared, as there is nothing to be lost from being prepared.HEARD OF THE ONE PERCENT COLLECTIVE?The One Percent Collective believes that through collective generosity we can make a real difference in the world. If we collectively donate 1% of our income to help others who need it more than we do, then together we can change lives for the better, including our own.

Come along to their launch party at the San Francisco Bathhouse, Friday 16 November. Tickets $20 with all proceeds going to charity.

The Nudge
Louis Baker (solo set)
Thomas Oliver (solo Weissenborn set)
Check out the facebook event hereBirthday update!SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER, 3PM-6PM Great news for the birthday plans:

The Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, is coming along! She is going to present the awards for us. It's so great to have her support and presence at our celebrations.

Shadow the Storyteller has been planning her tales of magic and mystery for the kids to enjoy.

Check out the story of The Troubles who will be playing at the event. Watch a quick video here.

It is going to be a great afternoon of sunshine and celebration - I can just tell!  friend on Facebook | forward to a friend Want to get in touch?

Contact Hannah at the Timebank

(04) 920 6708 | wgtn.timebank@gmail.com
Hours: Monday - Wednesday

www.wellingtontimebank.org.nz

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