Off the back of a really cool conversation tonight, I’m thinking about setting up a quarterly Splott Skills Swapshop where people get together and exchange knowledge.
For example, I can teach social media skills in exchange for someone teaching me how to play the Ukelele. My mate would like to learn Welsh in return for teaching someone German. Maybe a gardener could help someone transform their back yard in return for a cooking lesson. There are so many talented people in Splott; why don’t we make the most of the massive amount of knowledge in this area to learn some cool stuff? If anyone wants to try and teach me to bake, they’re flogging a dead horse but I’ll give it a go!
The other thing about this is that it’s not about about qualifications or professional standards – you don’t have to have a degree to participate. This is a friendly, fun, easy-going, laid back initiative.
We can also make this something really special where we look after each other! What about going to read the paper to someone with bad vision who is housebound in exchange for a recipe for Welsh cakes passed down through the generations?
It doesn’t necessarily have to have to start off with a straight skill-swap, it can be something as simple as providing a glass of water to someone who jogs passed your house in exchange for a potentially surprising and engaging conversation.
Use your imagination and don’t hold back – something you take for granted may be a super-skill to someone else.
Totally taking the idea from the amazing Trade School but implementing on a local level.
Is anyone interested in this? Would it be a goer? Let me know and I’ll set it up.
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