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!
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 Mind Well session on Mondays at 10am
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 6.30pm
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 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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cycle Without Age at T&T!
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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