Hello all!!! Time I think for my annual Christmas message, probably not as watched as the Queen’s, but nevertheless full of fascinating facts about the past year here at the Skills Exchange.
In April next year we will be 7 years old, not bad considering we started with a grant for 18 months from the European Regional Development Fund. In that time we have grown to be a busy Time Bank with 345 Individual members and 56 Organisations that are members. In the last year we recruited 29 new people. More skills are added all the time to our list, it now numbers over 500. Have a look on the “Offered” page, you may be suprised by some of the things on offer.
1063 hours have been exchanged between member during 2013. These have included interesting stuff like……… help with budgetting, Chinese herbal medicine, computer skills, fitting window sills, Japanese lessons, savvy food shopping, haircuts, guitar restringing, lifts, help with job search, knitting lessons and help sorting out paperwork and many more.
We aren’t just about exchanges though and members have been offered the opportunity to take part in………..Workshops, run by members for members. During 2013 members have been sharing their skills in Patchwork, Yoga, Painting and Drawing and Savvy Shopping and budgetting. We have organised reduced price tickets through Nottingham Playhouse’s HotHouse scheme and members have been to see Dance performance “Nobulus”, Pantomime “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “1984″, “Charlie Peace”, “The Kite Runner” and “Joking Apart”. Members have also taken part in fundraising activities. We had a Spring Bazaar in March, a Swishing event in September and Mary offered reduced price Massage. Inspired by our partnership with the Walk on the Wildside project (WOW) members also went on a trip to Rushcliffe Country Park using Kangaroo tickets provided by WOW. We also continue to hold our regular Friday Breakfasts, 10:30 – 11:30 am. These will be taking place at Tennyson after the Christmas break. A Craft Club, run by Skills Exchange Administrator and keen crafter , Lesley, take place on the first Saturday of every month at 1:30pm.
We are looking forward to 2014, with the exciting prospect of organising some activities at “the Nest” , a small terraced house in Hyson Green. We hope to involve members of the Skills Exchange who have many of the skills needed . The house will be a venue for workshops and information on how to save money on bills by simple low cost energy saving measures like door curtains, draught excluders etc….watch this space.
Festive greetings to all our members and, if you aren’t one already, have a look at the “Contact us” page and get on with it :)