DOES Norfolk Local Exchange WORK?
exchange goods, services and skills with a currency called
Lokes. The Members Area of the website contains a directory
of Offers and Wants, which can be updated at any time. Once
you are a member, you will be able to see contact details
of other members and be able to email or telephone them to
arrange any trades. You
can choose how much or how little you trade and what kind
of skills, services or goods you wish to offer. You are not
expected to be professionally qualified but you are responsible
for ensuring that you provide the services you offer to a
Some of the current available skills are, amongst others:
interior painting, babysitting, book keeping, loans of camping,
DIY help and equipment, organic gardening, garden design,
website design, laundry help, cleaning help, dog walking,
therapy room hire... the list keeps growing as more new members
can offer whatever they would like to, changing their availability
as and when necessary. Transactions
(ie invoices and/or payments may be done online). There is
also an option to trade without using the website please
contact us if you prefer this option and will enroll
you as a paper trader where you can use Lokes
cheques instead of registering trades on the website.
offer the same skills that you share through your work, or
you may use it as a way to get more out of your hobbies. Some
trade on a weekly basis by helping with admin, cleaning or
gardening; others use Norfolk Local Exchange more occasionally, perhaps selling
the produce for Lokes in batches or each time there is a social
event. Basically, you can use Norfolk Local Exchange as much or as little
as you like once youre a member. You can view the current
list of offers in the Members Area.
RUNS Norfolk Local Exchange?
Norfolk Local Exchange is a voluntary organization run by
its members. If you want to get involved in the running of
the organization, youll be made very welcome, and be
paid for your time in Lokes. Open Forum meetings are regularly
held where you can get involved with all kinds of creative
tasks from organizing social events or promotion to secretarial
and administration work. We
try to organize social events regularly, providing an opportunities
for members to meet each other, bring along produce to sell
for Lokes and perhaps arrange further trades.
CAN JOIN Norfolk Local Exchange?
Anyone living in or around Norwich can join. Currently there
are members from various parts of Norfolk as well as those
who live in the city. People who are not in the city can either
trade with other members in their area, commute to trade in
the city or trade via the internet or telephone. The potential
as we grow in numbers is very exciting and the range of skills
available continues to expand and diversify.
MUCH DOES IT COST?
Norfolk Local Exchange annual membership is free of charge.
Donations may be made from time to time and are exchanged
is also a 1 Loke per month charge (12 Lokes annually) for
using the Norfolk Local Exchange service, this offsets Lokes
payments made to those who volunteer to organize the service.
JOIN Norfolk Local Exchange?
The range of members and the possibilities created by Norfolk
Local Exchange are enormous. It can open up opportunities
for people unsatisfied with their current career, allowing
them to expand hobbies or pastimes into a trade. It suits
both those who work full time or those currently not in work.
It can help people re-enter a working lifestyle as they can
trade their skills as much as they are able or wish to do.
also a great way to meet like-minded people and find a community
which actively supports its members needs. It could
be a life-changing decision, where a person has had enough
of what can seem like an endless treadmill of earning and
Local Exchange is a great way of maximising time. Perhaps
by employing someone to do two hours of gardening each week,
you can achieve so much more in those two hours by working
together on the garden or focusing on other tasks. You can
offer your own preferred skill on Norfolk Local Exchange for
the same hourly rate. By
using Norfolk Local Exchange you dont need to exchange
goods or services with the same person since you have a whole
community of traders to exchange with.
MUCH DO I CHARGE?
One of the central benefits that Norfolk Local Exchange community
members enjoy is the equal status held by each individual.
For professional skills members can negotiate a higher rate
per hour, but most members use s standard hourly rate equivalent
to the Living Wage which means that each person can offer
what they enjoy or obtain what they want from other traders
without worrying about finances. The
trader may add on Lokes for the time it has taken to travel
or prepare for the session. It is sometimes appropriate to
add some cash into the payment for travel or materials. It
is suggested that both parties agree upon amounts before the
trade takes place.
You are responsible for ensuring that you can provide the
services you offer to a reasonable standard and for being
respectful in your dealings with other members. There is a
feedback service on the website which allows members to comment
on and read about trading experiences with other members.
You need to register your Norfolk Local Exchange activity for tax purposes
if it forms part of your normal business. You should also
declare your Norfolk Local Exchange activity for Income Support calculations.