LETS stands for Local Exchange Trading Scheme. Put simply
it's a club to swap goods and service amongst the members. But they don't
have to do direct two-way swaps as in ordinary barter, where trading can't
occur unless two people happen to each have something the other wants.
They can use a Community Currency (in Harrow it's called Harmonies)
to acknowledge whatever goods or services they had received.
In a LETS, each person lists what they have to offer and
what they need. These listings are entered into the Offers & Wants
directory, now online, but it can be printed, from where the buyer contacts
other members in order to trade. Another name for this process is "Mutual
One main advantage of LETS is that it helps people realise
that they do have something to offer, so it encourages mutual support,
rather than one-way volunteering. Whether they have skills or not, each
member's time, energy, or resources will be of value to someone. Just
a few examples are: shopping, cooking, cleaning, houseminding, transport,
and lending home equipment, tools, or meeting space.
Start by asking yourself what you enjoy doing or look
at the Directory to see what other members are already offering. You may
also attend one of our regular Bring and Share parties - currently online
zooms, or walks in the park. For forthcoming dates check your email or
News & Events.
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