Terms And Conditions

To register to the Roots Favour Exchange website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com) and use the services offered by and to its members members MUST accept its Terms and Conditions which are listed below, ticking the Terms and Conditions Acceptance box when registering and logging in.

Age Restrictions

Registration and participation on this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com) and access to the services offered by and to its members is restricted to those individuals over 18 years of age. By registering or participating in services or functions on this website you hereby represent that you are over 18 years of age. If you are under 18 years of age, do not use this website and its services.

Right of Modification

The Roots and Favour Exchange Committee reserves the right to change or modify the Terms and Conditions at our sole discretion at any time. Any change or modification to the Terms of Conditions will be effective immediately upon posting on this website. In all cases, members’ continued use of the website and its services after publication of such modifications, with or without notification, constitutes binding acceptance of these modified Terms and Conditions.

Rules for Online Conduct

Members agree to use this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com) in accordance with all applicable laws.

Further, members agree that they will not use this website for organized partisan political activities.

You further agree that you will not e-mail or post any of the following content (“Prohibited Content”) anywhere on the website:

  • Content that defames, harasses or threatens others;
  • Content that discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit such activities, or encourages others to commit such activities;
  • Content that infringes or misappropriates another’s intellectual property rights, including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks or trade secrets;
  • Content that you do not have the right to disclose under contractual confidentiality obligations or fiduciary duties;
  • Material that contains obscene (i.e., pornographic) language or images;
  • Advertising, promotional materials, or any form of commercial solicitation;
  • Content that otherwise harms other users or visitors to the website;
  • Content that is otherwise unlawful or that violates any applicable local, state, national or international law;
  • Content that probes, scans, or tests the vulnerability of any system or network;
  • Content that breaches or otherwise circumvents any security measures;
  • Content that interferes with or disrupts any user, host, or network, for example by sending a virus, overloading, flooding, spamming, or mail-bombing any other user or part of the website;
  • Content that plants malware or otherwise uses the website to distribute malware.

Principles of Roots Favour Exchange

The services offered by and to the members of Roots Favour Exchange through this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com) are based on principles of good neighborhood, goodwill, exchange of Favours as local exchange trading currency, time-banking, bartering of goods in exchange of Favours, community building, social capital exchange in your local community.

All favours are given and received for free, in exchange of virtual credits (Favours) that can be used to redeem favours from the members of the Roots Favour Exchange system.

Payment in money, references to money exchange, exchange of material gifts, tips in money etc will NOT be permitted and tolerated.

Illicit or suspect behaviors, spamming activities, advertising activities of services or of goods, will NOT be permitted and tolerated. The full list of prohibited content is listed above.

Members who will not respect these principles will be immediately removed from the membership and denied further registration and access to the services offered by and to the members of this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com).

Members Insurances and Covers

Roots Favour Exchange system is a good neighbor scheme in which neighbors exchange favours.

Members accept that Roots Favour Exchange does NOT provide any insurance to its members against risks or accidents.

The acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of this website and of the Roots Favour Exchange system places the responsibility for transactions with members themselves rather than with the Roots Favour Exchange Committee which acts only as an introduction agency. It therefore follows that members themselves are responsible for ensuring the person they are trading with provides appropriate references and has their own insurance for professional work.

Members are required to use their common sense and not to involve themselves in activities which they are not prepared or professionally trained for.

In particular, members are required NOT to involve in activities with potential safety risks or hazards (for example, electricity-related, gas-related, fire-related, plumbing-related, roofing-related activities) unless they are professionals – and in this case members providing the favour are required to have their own insurance for professional work and members receiving the favour are required to check by themselves that the member providing the favour have their insurance.

Some of the activities requiring members providing the favour to be insured are specified in the directory of skills. Roots Favour Exchange members are not required to be insured against accidents for most of the activities listed in the directory of skills.

However, in all the cases (and even when a specific activity is listed in that page as not requiring professional insurance, or is not listed at all) members of Roots Favour Exchange accept that they will not held other members or the Roots Favour Exchange system or this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com) responsible in case of injuries or damages to people or properties caused by or occurred during favour exchange activities or services offered by or to the members of this website, and will not claim to other members or the Roots Favour Exchange system or this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com) for compensations including loss of earnings, future loss of earnings, and legal costs occurred in case of injuries or damages to people as a result of an accident at member’s business or private premises.

General Guidelines For Favour Exchanges

You agree to:

  • Respect other participants’ privacy and confidentiality.
  • Respect other participants viewpoints and not pressure another participant to accept your religious beliefs or political views.
  • Not involve your friends or relatives in the Roots Favour Exchange activities by bringing them to a participant’s home or venue of time exchange, unless agreed with us and the person receiving or getting the favour as being part of a group activity.
  • Not accept or ask for money, gifts or tips from other participants.
  • Not eat or drink a participant’s food and drink unless invited to do so.
  • Not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs at a participant’s home or venue of exchange.
  • Not use any possessions of the participant, including the telephone, unless given clear permission to.
  • Always treat other participants respectfully.

Protecting Children and/or Vulnerable Adults Guidelines

Everyone has a right to feel safe from harm. The Roots Favour Exchange Committee requires:
– members offering services in which they have (or might have) unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults to be Garda Vetted;
– members receiving a favour requiring unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults to check that the members providing the favour are Garda Vetted. We underline this: it’s your responsibility and duty as a member receiving the favour to verify the Garda Vetting of other members when they could have unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults while providing a favour to you.
Examples of services for which Garda Vetting is required to members providing the favour and for which members receiving the favour are required to check Garda Vetting:
– services such babysitting and child-minding (services that require the member providing the favour to have unsupervised access to children);
– services done in the presence of the member providing the favour and the children and/or vulnerable adults only, without another adult being present. For example,  grinds provided to kids in a room without the presence of their parent.
If the activity involving children or vulnerable adults is done in the presence of the member providing the favour, the children or vulnerable adult and another adult supervising the access (for example, the member requiring the favour), members providing the favour are not required to be Garda Vetted. For example, grinds to kids in a room where their parent is present and supervises for the full duration of the service.
If members have any cause for concern on this, please contact the RFE administrators.

Health And Safety Guidelines

Members are required to bear the below guidelines in mind when carrying out favour exchange activities. The Roots Favour Exchange Committee wants everybody to be safe and well.
  • Do not put yourself at risk. If you are not sure that something is safe—DO NOT DO IT!
  • Trust your judgement. If you are concerned, get it sorted or leave as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Have a way of contacting the office if you are unaccompanied.
  • Do not stand on anything unstable.
  • Make sure you refer to the risk assessment before you begin your task.
  • If a fire starts, take no risks and leave immediately.
  • Get to a safe place and dial 112 or 999 and ask the operator to put you through to the fire service.
  • Do not carry out chimney cleaning activities unless you are a qualified chimney cleaner.
  • Do not carry out plumbing or gar-related activities unless you are a qualified plumber or gas technician.
  • If you smell gas call Bord Gáis Networks 24 hour emergency line immediately on 1850 20 50 50. Don’t assume somebody else has reported the smell.
  • If you smell gas and cannot identify the source, extinguish all flames and do not use any electrical switches.
  • Open doors and windows and turn off all gas taps.


  • Do not carry out electrical work unless you are a qualified electrician.
  • Do not overload power points.
  • Do not trail wires or flexes over hot or wet surfaces.
  • Do not use any electrical appliances in a bathroom.


  • Do not carry out roofing activities unless you are qualified (for example, you are a qualified chimney cleaner or qualified roofing tradesman)
Work equipment
  • Use equipment only if it is in good working order and you know how to use it.
Safe movement
  • Please be aware of possible hazards and point them out in a friendly way. Remember you are a guest in the house.
  • Doorways, halls, passages stairs and landings should be free of clutter and be well lit.
  • Floors should be sound and the coverings should not be uneven or slippery.
  • Fixtures and fittings should be secure, with no danger of anything falling on you.
  • All areas where someone could trip should be free of wires.
  • Anything spilt on the floor should be cleaned up at once.
  • Put all waste in a bin.
  • Lifting and handling
  • Avoid lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying or moving loads where this might cause a hazard to you or someone else.
  • Don’t try and carry anything that’s too heavy.
  • Use any aids available, such as a trolley.
  • Take regular breaks.


Only registered members can exchange skills and labour with each other under the RFE scheme.

All arrangements for work and resolution of problems that may arise are the responsibility of the members who agree to exchange.

Members should be sure to satisfy themselves about the safety or quality of any exchange they agree to, exactly as they would for any other offer of help from a friend or neighbour.

Any problems or disputes should be resolved between them wherever possible, bearing in mind the voluntary nature and principles of goodwill under-pinning RFE (see above).

However, where a dispute can’t be resolved either member may appeal to the membership secretary for help, and failing that, to the committee for advice.

Therefore, in case of disputes between members, please follow the below procedure:

  • contact the other member and try to solve the dispute peacefully, keeping in mind the above principles of Roots Favour Exchange;
  • if you are unable to solve the dispute, contact us providing all the details about the dispute.

The Committee reserves the right to investigate in the dispute contacting both the members involved and to decide possible outcomes, including removing skills of members from their list of skills offered if they are not deemed suitable to provide specific services, removing the member from the membership temporarily or permanently, preventing further registration and access to the services offered by and to the members of this website (www.rootsfavourexchange.com), and escalating to authorities (Garda or others) if necessary.

Lusk, Rush, Skerries Favour Exchange Community

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