Good support for planned new Melton bartering scheme

Amanda Stevenson, founder of Melton and District Money Advice Centre EMN-150616-162429001
Amanda Stevenson, founder of Melton and District Money Advice Centre EMN-150616-162429001
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The organiser of a planned new bartering scheme in Melton is encouraged by the level of interest in it ahead of the launch meeting on Thursday.

Amanda Stevenson wants to set up the initiative to help people with money issues by creating a network of people who can jobs for eachother without having to pay for them.

Around 30 people have already confirmed they will attend this week’s meeting, which is at the town’s Samworth Centre between 1.30pm and 4pm, and 64 residents have joined a Facebook page set up for members called Melton Timebanking.

Mrs Stevenson said: “Local people have been saying that they think it s a great idea to have this up and running in this area and it will be fantastic to get the timebanking scheme taking off in Melton as it helps to build community spirit.”

Since the Melton Times revealed the project was being planned, she has conducted radio interviews and delivered leaflets across the borough to garner support.

Anyone interested in signing up for the scheme or those who want more information about it can attend Thursday’s meeting.

Mrs Stevenson, who insisted only skilled individuals would be able to do jobs within the network, adding: “We had a query asking if we could guarantee qualified people would be available if someone asks for a plumbing job to be done, for example.

“The answer is definitely yes. With any job that you need to be trained or qualified in, they will need to show the appropriate certificates to sign up to offer this service.

“This includes jobs such as dog training or giving nutritional advice, for example. It is part of the sign-up process and is taken very seriously.”

To join the Melton Timebanking Facebook page go online at www.facebook.com/groups/358800407647514