Mosman Park is well-known for its altruistic residents - tree planters, sports coaches, seniors’ helpers and students, just to name a few. But what if volunteering could be a reciprocal two-way street …. like the old saying "you get what you give"?

An hour exchange (sometimes known as timebanking) is a network of neighbours who help each other out, by contributing and withdrawing skills in and out of a central pool. Mosman Park Hour Exchange is based on two main principles:

1. We all have skills that are valuable to others, no matter what our age, ability or lifestyle.
2. Everyone's skills are valued equally in units of 1 hour.

Through a secure online system, participants post ads offering their skills, and are contacted directly by other participants. It's similar to browsing the Community Noticeboard at your local shopping centre, but there’s no money involved.

By helping a neighbour for 1 hour, you’ll be entitled to receive 1 hour of ANY other skill available within the Hour Exchange.

This diagram helps to show you how it works. Start at the top left with Liza, sitting at her computer.




Traditional volunteering requires commitment, regularity and an expectation of nothing in return. In reality this can lead to volunteer fatigue and even burn-out. Hour Exchange participants only contribute skills that they enjoy doing, at a time that suits them and can choose to receive in return exactly the help they need.

What valuable talents do you already possess?
Can you water plants?
Paint a fence?
Teach someone to use a computer?

What help might you need?
Someone who speaks Italian?
Borrow a ladder?
A ride to the shops?

Sound interesting? Visit mosmanparkhourexchange.com.au to register your details, offer your talents to others and browse the other talents on offer for things you might need. For further information please contact the Community Development Team on 9384 1633 or email admin@mosmanpark.wa.gov.au.

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