Make sure that you are meeting the needs of the people using
it by involving as many people as possible in organising it.
Start small and build on the success. Better to have a few
quality exchanges than lots of people registered but not
Keep in touch on a regular basis. Doing a ring round to all
the members can help people feel involved even if they have
not done an exchange recently.
Hold regular meetings and social events where people can get
together as a group. This is useful to find out how the
exchanges are going, try out new offers and to discuss how
things might be improved.
Make a note of the assignment at the time of arranging it.
Check if the request needs to be done right away - or if it
can wait a while.
Keep people informed of what you are doing, particularly if
you do not have anyone who can help immediately.
After a new exchange check with both people that they are
happy with the outcome.
If there are exchanges that are going to be repeated for a set
period keep in touch to make sure both people are happy to
Getting people to spend their Timebanking hours
Do all you can to get people into the timebanking habit. Give
out a list of the skills and services on offer and remind them
how helpful it is if they ask for what they need.
People like working together in groups so arrange joint
Look to see if there are people who can run small workshops on
skills like cooking, knitting, gardening, DIY decorating, IT,