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Lyttelton, portal to Canterbury’s historic past, a vibrant sustainable community creating a living future

Can we join as a couple or as a family?

Yes you can. The choice is yours. You can join as a couple or family. It might be that later on you decide to have separate member accounts. For example, sometimes families join up on one member account, but then the children decide that they want their own account.  Time credits are transferable throughout the system, so it is also a simple process to transfer some of the hours through as well, if you wish.

What can I offer?

What you can offer is limited only to your imagination.

Sometimes people find it difficult to work out what skills to offer as a Time Bank member. You can offer any skill except what you do for your taxable income, as the LTB currently holds a tax exemption status from the IRD on this basis. We often don't realise how valuable our other skills are. That means things that we are good at, things we enjoy, hobbies or talents. Be creative!

Sometimes people feel they have no spare time. But if we do the things we like, for instance sewing or cooking, and get another member to do the things we don't enjoy so much, for example gardening, we find the time we do have is spent more enjoyably and we are also helping others in our community.

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What if the trade was only 15 minutes?

Time can be put through in increments. Generally it makes sense to round them up, we encourage to the hour. You can agree the exact amount of time to put through with the person you are trading with.

What is the Community Treasure Chest?

The Community Treasure Chest (CTC) is a community Time Bank account. Here you can donate as many or as little of your Time Bank dollars to the chest. You can do this as often or as little as you like. What happens to the time dollars that you donate? At the discretion of your Time Bank Member Coordinator they will be given to any member(s) or community group that may be in need of them, for whatever reason.

If you want to donate hours to the Community Treasure Chest contact the member coordinator to find out how to give this wonderful gift of time.

How do time credits work?

One hour = one hour. You spend one hour of your time doing something you enjoy doing for someone else, and you gain one time credit. You can then spend this on having something done for you. Time credits do not expire. They are completely transferable to any other member or organisation on the LTB.