In April, 2011, Jill fell from a garden bed head-first onto concrete, smashing one vertebra and compressing another. With numerous surgeries and seven months spent in a hospital spinal unit, she was confined to a wheelchair having only minimal use of her hands. Jill knew she needed a key to open the door into community re-engagement. Soon after, she saw a local newspaper ad about the Hutt South Timebank. It was a life-changing moment. Through the network, Jill began to meet locals and make trades. She offered her sewing skills, and time tutoring children with dyslexia. Timebankers donated fabric and helped her with cutting it. She’s now able to sew aprons, tea towels and other items to sell. Through the Timebank she will soon have free access to a registered commercial kitchen and be able to resume another income-generating activity – baking. The timebank has received significant input from Jill, both in one-to-one exchanges and at an organisational level. The reciprocity principle embodied by the Timebank means that small exchanges have enabled Jill to rebuild her life. She’s able to create once more, to earn income and to be connected with, and appreciated by others. As she’s met, mingled and been befriended by her new community, she’s also used her skills to stabilise and enrich it. - Hutt South Timebank, New Zealand http://ow.ly/pz3530a2MXa . #timebankingis #community #50storiesin50days #timebanks #story #timeasmoney #lifechanging

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