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With funding from United St Saviour’s Charity, for the last year, Time and Talents has run the hugely successful Rotherhithe Shed project in partnership with the London Bubble Theatre Company. We’re delighted to have this film recording the project, which also features thinker and writer David Gauntlett, an expert on the maker movement, and how it helps people reconnect with each other. Have a watch and see Devon talking about what the Shed has achieved, and the participants talking about what the Shed has helped them do.
Exciting times at T&T this last week when we had a visit from a mobile zoo! Dropping in to get acquainted with our Older People’s Happy Mondays group were a meerkat, a barn owl, and even a skunk! Not to mention some scaly creatures – snakes! lizards! – which Happy Mondays members were excited about, but our staff ran a mile from… Some people who weren;t so sure got in there anyway. The skunk wasn’t smelly, but surprisingly, the meerkat was, a bit! And much smaller than they look on TV….
For us, what’s really good about Happy Mondays is that it keeps people trying new things – and coming a little bit out of our comfort zones. Being a bit older doesn’t mean just bingo!
We were delighted to see a great article in Southwark News about our event, and hope it will draw in more people, both to take part, and, we hope, to volunteer. Unsurprisingly, our zoo day was very popular with our current volunteers – and we’re very happy they enjoyed it too, given all the time and talent they contribute to T&T!
We all know that there are people who are really struggling in the local area, especially as a result of welfare cuts and changes in the public sector. No matter how much people scrimp and save, sometimes there isn’t enough money. Food banks are one, sadly much-needed, but very temporary, and very unfortunate, solution. But what else can we do to help?
At T&T, we want to look at ways we can do more on this. Grassroots ways to reduce the effects of poverty are of course what we have been about since the beginning. We’re talking to the community and our partners to see how we can help further, but we really want our users’ input.
Do you have ideas about how we could help reduce poverty in the local area? Is there a project or activity you would like to run at T&T we could support you with?
Drop us a line and let us know. Help us do even more at T&T.
Occasionally, people come to the door of the Old Mortuary and say they remember the place and want to come inside again. What they say is that they have a warm feeling about the place. They have fond memories.
Last week, a family, now living in Cornwall, but originally from Rotherhithe, came to see us. Three generations: a lady and her brother, her two kids, and her father.
They told us that they had been at the opening of this centre, at the very first opening gala, in the 1980s. They all talked fondly about their memories – they learned to walk on stilts, and did arts and crafts. As we talked, her kids went for a wander and started talking to the other children in the Stay and Play group. Three generations of T&T supporters.
They took away our book about the history of T&T, and they called me from Cornwall the next day to say – lo and behold – there was a picture in there, of their father – a glassblower – on the opening day.
They said they couldn’t believe we were still here – because so much has changed- and yet, we’re still here, still doing such great work.
Let’s be clear – we change according to the needs of our community, but we are always aware of the fact that we, and the Settlement movement, started by those educated people of leisure 125 years ago, provide a very local sense of continuity, and support, throughout all those changes.
Time and Talents has survived 2 World Wars, massive social and industrial change, and some pretty interesting economic fluctuations and government policies over the years. But not only are we still here – we’re thriving.
We’ve continued to have a positive impact on our community, bringing together everyone in our community – the well off and the less well-off, the old and the young, men and women, different faiths and cultures, and different generations, to share our time and talents, to improve all of our lives.
Alongside all our achievements, we remain proud of the fact that – yes! – we’re still here.
Alex Evans, Director