A lack of funding caused Dunedin Timebank to dispense with
its only staff member.
Steering group member Peter McDonald said co-ordinator Liz
Carroll-Lowe had worked 14 hours a week for the past two
Dunedin Timebank, where knowledge, skills and resources are
shared, applied for many grants to keep Ms Carroll-Lowe on
but was unsuccessful.
The promotion of the organisation to attract more members
would be difficult without a paid staff member, he said.
About 80 members were ''quietly'' exchanging skills and
support, but Dunedin Timebank was struggling. .
''It's not blazing off into the stratosphere,'' Mr McDonald
Across New Zealand, some timebanks were close to folding, but
others were thriving, he said.
He was pleased with the community interactions Dunedin
Timebank had provoked.
''If the timebank were to fold, the connections with other
members would continue - no doubt.''
Ms Carroll-Lowe had secured work in the commercial sector, he