Top Menu

Author Archive | Jemma Bicknell

A Tribute to Emma Williams, T&T Volunteer of 20 years

Article appeared in Southwark News on 15th April 2020:

BERMONDSEY ANGEL EMMA WILLIAMS FUNERAL WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED SO FRIENDS CAN PAY THEIR RESPECTS

KEVIN QUINN (15 April, 2020)

The 46-year-old volunteer with Rotherhithe’s Time & Talents spent over sixteen years helping to run group for older women

36161

Described as an angel by the older people she helped take out on trips, 46-year-old Emma Williams’ life was cut short last month and amid a global pandemic her funeral won’t be attended by any of her friends young or old.

Emma, who had been volunteering at Rotherhithe’s Time & Talents, for over sixteen years suffered a heart failure at home on March 18.

Her sudden death shocked her family, who had been in touch with her less than a hour before her carer found her at her home in Jacobs House on Chambers Street in Bermondsey.

Emma had been unwell since Christmas, but her stepfather Eddie had been with her that day and had called to check on her less than an hour before her carer visited her home.

Despite having learning difficulties Emma was very independent and enjoyed making jewellery, attending concerts and Tai-Chi. But above everything else she loved volunteering, helping elderly people on and off buses at the Time & Talents community centre on St Marychurch Street.

She went on countless outings with them, and its Neighbourhood Co-ordinator Cindy Glover told the News: “She will be greatly missed. She was amazing and we have known Emma for twenty years, when she came here first as a mini-bus escort. She then helped run our group for older women, making tea, chatting with them. They would call her their angel. She loved taking them on theatre outings, especially to the Brick Lane musicals, as well as west-end shows like Lion King.”

Emma’s mum Evelyn said: “She was a very clever girl, very kind and considerate and I don’t think I realised just how many people’s lives she touched until she was gone. So many people have been in touch, but we won’t be able to give her the funeral she deserves. It is bad enough, but this situation is making it worse.

“Her sister is coming down from Birmingham. I have been self-isolating as I have COPD, so we’ll have to go to the crematorium in our own cars. I plan to have a memorial after the lockdown for her friends.”

But the service on May 11 will be livestreamed and Evelyn said that she welcomes people to tune in and pay their respects at home. Bermondsey funeral directors Albins have been offering the livestreaming since the coronavirus outbreak took hold and restrictions were put in place preventing only close family members from attending all services.

The News will publish details of how to watch her funeral on livestream nearer the date.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

WHAT WE’RE DOING
We regret that T&T’s venues are closed until further notice. Our staff are working remotely. We are in regular telephone contact with hundreds of local people who usually come to T&T activities/groups, and are responding to extremely urgent needs across the community, including access to food banks, shopping and medical supplies and care support. We are seeing a high level of mental health crisis and helping people through this in every way we can. We’re making hundreds of telephone befriending matches, to keep our community connected and battle the isolation that this crisis is creating for many of us. Please see our Facebook page for online activities and resources.

GET INVOLVED
We’ve had a huge number of volunteering applications and would welcome more. Please get involved to help your community here: http://www.timeandtalents.org.uk/volunteering-application-form. We’re working as fast as we can to process these applications – please bear with us and we will be in touch as soon as we possibly can.

FOR MORE UPDATES: Please visit our website News page and Facebook page. You can call the team on 020 7231 7845 if you need us.

Illuminate Rotherhithe Ceilidh Project 2017

 

As part of the Illuminate Rotherhithe events in November 2017, Time & Talents collaborated with the Illuminate Rotherhithe team to initiate a free annual event for seven local schools across the Rotherhithe peninsula. Years 4 & 5 in each school were given workshops on traditional ceilidh dancing with live music delivered by The Ceilidh Tree. These culminated in a Grand Ceilidh, where close to five hundred students came to dance together en masse at Bacon’s College on the 27th November.

 

The participating schools were: St Joseph’s, Albion, Redriff, St John’s, Alfred Salter, Peter Hills and Rotherhithe primary schools.

Building on this pilot project, Illuminate Rotherhithe and Time & Talents plan to expand the project by offering more free workshops in folk dance and song, and integrating local history to the same seven schools. We will also collaborate once again with the Museum of London Docklands, who delivered object handling workshops.

‘Thanks for organising the ceilidh workshop on Tuesday, it was brilliant and the children loved it.’ (Caroline Bannister, Deputy Headteacher, Albion Primary)

‘Well done for organising such a fantastic event last night. All our children came back enthused, happy and exhausted! It was great and the kids loved it not to mention the adults.’  (David Weston, Deputy Head, St Joseph’s Primary)

Here’s a link to St Joseph’s blog about the Grand Ceilidh: http://www.stjosephs-primary.org.uk/News/Grand-Ceilidh/

Schools Workshops followed by Grand Ceilidh Photo Gallery:

This project was funded by Southwark Music Hub and British Land.

Meet our new tutors!

We launched lots of new regular activities as part of our Kids & Families and Adult Programmes in January, and we’ve been delighted to welcome lots of new people through our doors as a result. The more the merrier (within reason!) so here’s an introduction to our brilliant team of new tutors in order of sessions through the week, please drop us a line if you’d like to join in!

Please note that all classes listed below may still not be happening – please check our calendar for updated listings: http://www.timeandtalents.org.uk/events

 

Janice White

JANICE 2

Janice is a qualified Yoga Therapist specialising in delivering yoga and mindfulness for better mental health. She studied with The Minded Institute whose training integrates traditional yoga and meditation with cutting-edge scientific knowledge and research, exploring how yoga and mindfulness can combine with psychotherapeutic techniques to treat the whole individual. Since qualifying, Janice has acted as a supervisor to students undertaking the 550-hour yoga therapy training with The Minded Institute. She is a regular teacher of the Yoga for the Mind 8-week course developed by Heather Mason, founder of Minded, as well as offering one-to-one yoga therapy. She is particularly interested in how yoga and mindfulness can be used to combat stress in the workplace, having developed a 6-week programme, based on Minded Yoga principles that can be taken into corporate settings.

Janice is also a qualified yoga teacher and has taught in studios, complementary health centres and private settings since 2010. She is the holder of a Master’s Degree in Yoga & Meditation Traditions from SOAS University of London.

Alongside yoga, Janice manages an arts marketing consultancy which helps her to understand the challenges faced by others, living and working in the wonderful, but often stressful city of London. Janice’s Mindfulness class at T&T has already made a huge difference to the people who attend, who really enjoy her lovely calm, kind and friendly personality, and accessible teaching methods.

Janice teaches our Mindfullness session on Mondays at 10am

 

Alistair Mackenzie 

Alistair

Alistair has been playing music for over 12 years and has a wealth of experience in different styles, including rock, indie, blues, bluegrass, jazz, country, old time and clawhammer banjo. A folk singer-songwriter, Alistair teaches Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin and Songwriting. He runs a number of open mic nights in South London and teaches students of all levels and ages. He’s enthusiastic and motivated to help his students grow in confidence and develop their musicianship, as well as being an all-round lovely bloke, who often has his T&T group giggling!

Alistair teaches our Ukulele class on Mondays at 6.00pm

 

Joel Wiles

Joel2

Joel has come to us through GoodGym, a charity which organises group runs with volunteers to local organisations that need help completing tasks like shovelling earth for community gardens, planting trees or clearing derelict land, and run back all within 90 minutes. GoodGym helped T&T with a leaflet drop before Christmas – thanks guys!

As well as being very nice, Joel is a qualified Group exercise instructor (Circuits, kettle bells, Vipr), Running Coach (CiRF& LiTF), Personal Trainer (REPs level 3 equivalent) and has a Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He loves running and preparing for Road Marathons both as a coach and runner, and his main running achievement is running Amsterdam marathon 2016 in a Championship Qualify time of 2:44:48. Best of all, he’s completed 6 of his 108 Parkruns carrying his youngest son on his back while holding hands and running with his eldest son!

Joel leads our Walk Well session on Wednesdays at 10.30am

 

Hilary Prosser

Hilary_1.crop

Hilary is a multimedia artist and has studied in Brighton and Budapest. Her own art practice includes drawing, printmaking, photography and performance – her work has been exhibited in the UK and internationally.

A great enthusiast of sketching, drawing and painting, Hilary’s classes are creative, experimental and fun. The care she puts into preparing her classes, as well as making her models comfortable, ensures that all her classes different, hugely enjoyable and accessible to everyone.  She also has great taste in music, and plays some wonderful playlists at T&T which we all appreciate!

Hilary teaches our Life Drawing class on Thursdays at 6.30pm

 

Lizzie Hawes

lizzie

Lizzie first started teaching dance-based classes as a tutor assistant at DanceEast. She did so well that soon she was leading classes, and she’s now studying for a diploma in community dance at Laban. As well as being a talented dancer, Lizzie sings and acts, and brings all of these elements into her playful sessions with children and their grownups. Lizzie is our resident fairy and brings joy to everyone she meets at T&T. We’d ask what she puts in her coffee, but she’s normally just sipping on hot water! She also volunteers on our Cycling Without Age project, giving trishaw rides to local isolated older people.

Lizzie leads our Fun With FairyTales session on Fridays at 9am

 

Ian Johnson

Ian

Ian is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor, as well as an Eating Disorder Practitioner and trained Crisis/Stress Counsellor. He started working has a therapist in 1988, and currently supervises a team of 17 counsellors for one of the most successful British Companies. Ian has lived in Rotherhithe for the past 30 years and enjoys meeting other local residents. Apart from the Friday group, he also runs a private practice from Time and Talents. As well as being super friendly and putting everyone he meets at ease, he has a wicked sense of humour, so the T&T staff love having him around!

Ian leads our Talk Well on Fridays 10am

We’re also incredibly lucky that some of our sessions are run by volunteers, giving us their time and talents!

If you’d like to join any of our activities, please contact us on 0207 232 5661 or email jemmabicknell@timeandtalents.org.uk.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

**WE REGRET THAT ALL T&T VENUES ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED**

We know that this is a hugely difficult time for our community, and we are doing everything in our power to support our users and wider neighbourhood.

Our current services include:

We are so grateful for the many applications to volunteer – we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can, and we welcome further volunteering applications.

Support the Time & Talents Food Hub via our Fundraising campaign

If you need us, you can contact us as normal on 020 7231 7845

With our very best wishes,

Sarah Gibb (Director) and the T&T team

 

28th April 2020