LETS schemes (Local Exchange Trading Schemes) are voluntary, non-profit-making groups, run and managed by their members.
Members receive a Directory of the skills available from all members, and the things they’d like help with. This could be sharing excess garden crops, ironing, clear-outs, cook-ups, sober driving to outings, pet-sitting, DIY, borrowing tools furniture or plates- anything you can dream up!
It includes everyone’s contact details, so all you need to do to arrange a trade is get in touch with someone who you think could help, either directly or to a larger group by email if you don’t have anyone in mind.
You do not have to arrange a direct swap. Each LETS scheme has ‘currency’ and South Oxfordshire LETS scheme’s currency is called ‘Castles’ so if you have earn some Castles from one member, you can use them to ‘pay’ for a service provided by any other member. You ‘pay’ by email or using your South Oxfordshire LETS ‘chequebook’, and our Recorder keeps track of your Castle balance. Here is a clip from down under to explain- they use “Gumnuts”!
Members can advertise Wants or Services Offered by using the email group, a convenient way of communicating with almost all members of LETS.
The regular Newsletters keep us all up to date with what’s going on.
You can trade or attend events as much or as little as you like!
While we started in Wallingford, we now also have members in places nearby including Oxford, Benson, Cholsey, Didcot and Henley and have changed our name from “Wallingford LETS” to”South Oxfordshire LETS”
But I can’t do anything!
Of course you can! Have a look at the Skills Offered page, or maybe you could:
- Help out with cleaning, decorating, ‘grotty jobs’! Lawn cutting, pruning, weeding, digging
- Be an extra pair of hands for house-moving or children’s parties
- Collect visitors from the station, driver to the airport, late-night lift home from the theatre
- Lend things out (e.g tent, barbeque, fish kettle, tools, camcorder)
- Walk the dog and water the plants for people away on holiday
- Trade veg and fruit or fresh herbs
The basic rate for trades is six Castles per hour, but if you are offering a professional skill that deserves a higher rate, this is open for you to negotiate with your ‘client.’ If you use materials (wood, food, paper) you can charge in real pounds for these.
Not forgetting that we have fun together too…
South Oxfordshire LETS is also very sociable! We have frequent events including:
- Guided walks in nearby beauty spots
- Treasure hunts
- ‘Table top’ sales
- Murder Mystery evenings