A new initiative has been launched in the Top of the Hill area to promote neighbourliness in the community.
The concept, known as ‘Time Banking’, was launched in Hill Crest House on Thursday evening.
Top of the Hill 2010 Community Worker, Geraldine O’Donnell explained what Time Banking was all about.
“Essentially it’s all about getting back to what communities used to be like years ago.
“Say for example you needed your grass cut, someone within the community would come and do it for you. Then say the person who has just got their grass cut can do reflexology then they would offer that to others in the community.”
Geraldine was pleased with the turn out at Hill Crest House on Thursday evening but encouraged more people from within the community to get in touch.
“The more people we have involved in this initiative the better,” she said.
“We want as many people to come forward with their suggestions and their expertise.
“I have no doubt that if done properly then the Top of the Hill’s ‘Time Banking’ initiative could become a blue print that could be rolled out throughout the city.
“Some people have come forward with the ideas of grass cutting and reflexology that I just mentioned but if people have other ideas we are really keen to hear them.
“Even if it’s something as simple as visiting an older person for an hour - this is the kind of suggestion we want to hear about.”
‘Time Banking’ is a concept that was invented by an American professor called Edgar Cahn who describes it as a creative way to solving problems within a community.
If you would like to register for the Top of the Hill ‘Time Banking’ Initiative contact Geraldine O’Donnell on 028 7134 5200.