Swap shop looks to grow bigger in Hartlepool

Pictured at Rockhaven sharing a variety of skills are (left to right) Michelle Dolan and Tracey Wilson, Keith Bayley and Liz Ashton and Peter Gowland.
Pictured at Rockhaven sharing a variety of skills are (left to right) Michelle Dolan and Tracey Wilson, Keith Bayley and Liz Ashton and Peter Gowland.
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A SCHEME which swaps people’s skills and time is hoping to boost its numbers.

The Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) is a scheme where people in Hartlepool pool their skills and time to help others in exchange for a bit of help themselves.

There are 12 members with skills such as alternative therapies, leaflet distribution and computer knowledge, but the abilities do not have to be specialist as the people involved can also help out with chores such as ironing, cutting grass and feeding pets.

So if one person mows another persons lawn for an hour, then that time is logged into the scheme’s system. Their efforts are then repaid by another person carrying out a duty for them.

Michelle Dolan, who is the scheme’s banker, said: “It’s a great scheme and in this economic climate it’s a massive, massive help to people.

“We need more members though because the more you have the more you increase the pool of skills.”

The 33-year-old mum-of-two, from Alma Street, Hartlepool, added: “Basically, we’re a group of people who have got together and have wrote a list of skills.

“They don’t necessarily have to be qualified skills, it can be anything from walking the dog, to teaching piano, or making a cabinet, painting or mowing a lawn. It can be anything and everyone can give something.”

The group has been running for about a year and have found the scheme to be very successful and useful for those involved.

If you or your friends, family or colleagues would like to get involved in LETS, contact Michelle on 07542 298714, or Peter Gowland at the Hartlepool Voluntary Development Association (HVDA) on (01429) 262641.