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World Mental Health Day: REAL Mental Health

Today is World Mental Health Day. At T&T we believe that true mental health needs community. Doctors do an amazing job – we’re lucky to have great practices like Albion Street Group Practice locally, a forward-thinking local NHS, and trusts like Guys and St Thomas’ Charity. But doctors can’t cure isolation and loneliness, or create community. It’s not their job. How could they? We know they are already stretched beyond capacity.

So alongside proper medical mental health support for people in crisis and distress, the prescription we all need is fun, friendship and mutual support. If more people felt part of a community, and the support that comes from a place where people look after each other, GPs would find their waiting lists shortening – and everyone would be much happier, and healthier – whatever ther level of need.

This is where we come in.

But anyway, what do you think?

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Charity of the Year Awards 2017

A good time had by staff and T&T volunteers Haji, Alessandro, Joan and Lorraine last night at the Charity Times Awards. Congrats to British Encephalitis Trust on their success. But we think we won the ‘MOST FUN & FRIENDSHIP’ category. 

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Absolutely no alcohol whatsoever had been consumed prior to the image below.

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[Edit: I am never standing next to Alessandro and Devon again. Honestly, talk about feeling like chopped liver – Alex]

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Rotherhithe Dreamers: With Tate Modern

It’s finally here! The art project we worked on with Tate Modern about dreams of people in Rotherhithe has its own magazine, which has arrived! Now meeting all your ‘naked man in the Russell Hall’ and ‘Jemma posing like Jesus floating in the sky’ needs. Hurrah!!! Thanks to all the different people who got involved – all ages, all backgrounds, all welcome!

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Recent Press about T&T

We’ve been delighted to see T&T getting some coverage in the online press recently.

Have a read and watch of some of the articles and videos below to find out what’s happening at the moment.

WISE16 online: Interview with Alex Evans, Director about T&T2

https://www.wise16.co.uk/new-community-space-time-and-talents-2/

Video: The Canada Water Masterplan, and T&T’s role in the local area

http://www.canadawatermasterplan.com/project-information/

Canada Water Magazine: About T&T and Our History

http://www.2.southwark.gov.uk/info/200182/canada_water/3969/canada_water_magazine

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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

The Rotherhithe Shed

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.

In the News: Animal Magic at T&T

Southwark news animals articleExciting 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!

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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