Learning Exchange

Welcome to Sumner Bays Union Trust Learning Exchange. It’s still in the development stages at the moment and we’d love your help in creating it. 

Take our survey

What is a Learning Exchange?

A learning exchange is a community-led form of education and skills swapping. It allows people with skills or knowledge of a certain topic to teach their skills to other people.

It works on the principle of reciprocity and the belief that everyone has a skill worth sharing.

How does it work?

The learning exchange, when set up, will provide a structure for people to plan and deliver learning events. Teaching is voluntary, or can be exchanged for time bank hours. 

If you want to deliver a learning event, through the learning exchange, you will be able to:

  • find a suitable venue and book a learning event
  • promote a learning event/attract learners
  • get help and tips on planning and delivering a successful session
  • claim back the cost of materials 

The exchange will also allow people to:

  • request/suggest courses and workshops they’d be interested in learning
  • take courses/workshops for low or no cost 

What kind of courses will run?

The courses that the Learning Exchange can run are limited only by our imagination. That’s why, as a starter, we’re surveying to find out what people are interested in, and what people can teach. 

Here are just a few suggestions/requests for workshops we’ve already had from initial conversations with people:

  • Te Reo Maori – learning your mihi
  • Filling out a tax return
  • Basic sewing and mending
  • How to back a trailer
  • Basic principles of photography
  • Macrame workshop
  • Natural cleaning solutions for your home
  • Fundraising
  • Gender identity
  • Plant-based cooking
  • Companion planting

That’s just a few ideas. The beauty of a learning exchange is, you don’t have to be a professional to share your passion. 

How you can help

Right now, you can help by completing this survey, to help give us an idea of how a learning exchange can best serve our local community. 

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You can also help by: 

  • Sharing the survey with your friends and networks 
  • Getting in touch with learning@sumnerbays.org.nz if you have a great idea for a course, or know of a venue which could be used

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Eve on 0210 262 0661