The scheme is run as democratically as possible, but still needs guidelines to keep everything running smoothly!
Joining the scheme
Anyone over the age of 18 can join as a full member. If you are interested, please contact us.
There is a one-off joining fee of £10 for all types of member. There are no further annual subscriptions. You will have your own account number and cheque book, which only you can sign, or can operate your account by email.
14-18 YEAR OLDS If you are aged 14 to 18 you can apply for full membership as long as your parent or guardian gives their consent. Parents / Guardians please note: If you allow 14 – 18 year olds to take part in the LETS scheme it is your responsibility to ensure that they understand and abide by the Rules of South Oxfordshire LETS, and remain within the Law.
What will I receive?
You will receive a copy of the Skills Directory and the Rules. You will also get a regular newsletter, updated copies of the Directory and invitations to LETS meetings and social events.
What exactly is the Skills Directory? It is a booklet which gives the names, addresses and usually telephone numbers of all the members of Wallingford LETS, together with lists of the skills they can offer.
Can I only advertise skills? No – you can use LETS to trade using things like unwanted items, crafts and home produce. Instead of receiving payment in £’s sterling, members of the scheme will pay you in Castles. You may choose to charge using a portion in Castles and the rest in sterling.
How do I know how much to charge? This can be tricky, but the basic rate is C6 (6 Castles) per hour, which we would encourage members to use. However, if you feel your professional skill warrants a higher rate you are free to negotiate and it is up to you and your client to agree the rate.
What about the cost of the materials I may use? You can charge in LETS for your time, but the person for whom you are doing the work buys the materials needed to do the job, or pays you in sterling to cover the cost of materials. For example, if you are going to build a rabbit hutch for someone, they could buy the wood, nails and chicken wire, but would pay in CASTLES for someone to construct the hutch.
South Oxfordshire LETS has an e-mail group where members can broadcast requests to everybody on the list. Other members can then respond with offers of help. Similarly, you might want to advertise a service you are offering. Typically, you might want something done that is not on anybody else’s Offered List. So this is a way of easily finding out if anybody can help you without having to make a lot of phone calls. For instance, members are frequently looking for lifts to the airport, and a single e-mail can elicit several offers of help. The group can also act as a forum if you want to circulate ideas about how the LETS scheme could be improved. But remember politeness at all times!