Alex Evans – Director
Alex has worked in the community and voluntary sector for 16 years and came to T&T in July 2015. After 5 years as a youth and community worker at Holloway Neighbourhood Group community centre in North London, and after a period as a Local Authority and NHS commissioner, he went on to be Director of Community Learning for Vital Regeneration, a major community regeneration charity in Westminster. Here, he led an ESF consortium, a scale-up of a creative digital arts and literacy programme with the Private Equity Foundation, and a range of collaborative community CSR projects with companies including Microsoft, Timberland, Vivendi Universal and BNP Paribas.
He later became Chief Executive of RollingSound, a multimedia education outreach charity working across London and the South East. Most recently, he led a start-up technology social enterprise working with homelessness and community housing charity St Mungo’s Broadway and poverty alleviation charity Tech4All. Alex also has a PhD spanning sociology and cultural studies and has been a university lecturer and researcher with a focus on the politics of health and community activism.
Alyson Moore – Services Manager
Alyson joined Time and Talents at the end of July 2011. She brings her original specialisms in data and IT, processes, logistics, and project management, alongside substantial experience in working with elderly and disabled people in a community setting, and has managed the older people’s programmes at T&T for 3 years. As with many of our staff, her work with older people at T&T is partly informed by her long personal experience as a carer. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the Voluntary and Community sector, having previously worked in a senior role at London Voluntary Service Council. She also worked for 8 years in the Social Services department of Wandsworth Council, leading service development and training with hospital social work departments. She has lived in Southwark for 20 years. Alyson loves the sheer range of activities and genuine care for older and disabled people she sees in the organisation.
Devon Goodrich – Projects and Premises Officer
Devon has worked at Time and Talents since May 2010 and previously worked for the Refugee Council and as a builder. As well as leading on Time and Talents’ work on the Rotherhithe Shed, and managing our beautiful gardens, he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the premises, working with hall hirers, and coordinating the care of the building and grounds. He runs the Green Team project, delivering outreach and in-house gardening to a wide range of other venues with the support of our dedicated volunteers.
Cindy Glover – Older Person’s Groups Worker
Cindy has lived in Rotherhithe for over 30 years and she loves it! She trained as an occupational therapist and worked specialising in ‘care of the elderly’ particularly older people with mental health issues. She worked for the NHS for 8 years and social services for 14 years. In 2000 she moved to working in the voluntary sector since then she has worked for Time and Talents, and for the Alzheimer’s Society in Southwark for 3 years as a Dementia Support Worker before moving to work for the Mental Health Foundation in 2012. She is the author of Running Self-Help Groups in Sheltered and Extra-Care Accommodation for People who Live with Dementia (2014), published by the Mental Health Foundation. She also has personal experience of a family member living with and dying from dementia. She loves the fact that T&T encourages her passion to strive to do more and better things for older people, taking them outside their comfort zone and experiencing new adventures – and ‘not just bingo’.
Rochelle Gage – Minibus Escort & Older Groups Assistant
Before coming to Time and Talents, Rochelle worked as an administration and practical activity volunteer at CoolTan Arts. Before volunteering, her other work experience was at a library and customer service in retail. Rochelle has been the minibus escort and older groups assistant at Time and Talents since September 2015. Her role involves escorting service users, along with the minibus driver, safely to their destinations and assisting Cindy, the Older Peoples Worker with planning fun and interesting sessions for our group members with the aim to provide service users with new experiences and social contact to help maintain and improve their wellbeing.
Amber Turner – Volunteering Administrator
Before Amber worked at Time and Talents she worked at Bede Youth Adventure Project, where she gained her Diploma in Youth Work, and grew in confidence to become the person she is today. This ignited her passion to help people, from children to older members of the community, to get together and improve their wellbeing. She has been working at Time and Talents for over 3 years now, she stared by helping young people on the Horticulture course, also achieving her level 1. Then she became volunteer administratior, looking after our volunteers and helping to match younger befrienders with isolated older people in the community. She loves meeting wonderful people through this, and she also recently undertook a Level 3 NCFE in Volunteer Management in the Charity Sector.
Jemma Bicknell – Community Events & Activities Producer
Jemma has worked for a number of community, arts and educational organisations, including 6 years at Open Age, an older people’s activity provider based in West London, where she managed a community hub of 40 activities per week in satellite venues, and worked in partnership with organisations such as Historic Royal Palaces, the NHS and English National Ballet. More recently, as Community and Events Producer at Dance East, she worked with schools throughout East Anglia and disabled, older, youth and children’s groups. She has also worked for Fantasy High Street, where she project managed a research study with King’s College, featuring an arts trail linking with local businesses, and the Royal Academy of Dance as a distance learning tutor. Jemma loves the friendly, busy and creative atmosphere at Time & Talents. She runs events and the Kids & Adult activity programmes, ranging from Play Clubs to Life Drawing classes. She also looks after our new pop-up space in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.
Jeff Parkinson – Older Men’s Projects Worker
Jeff Parkinson joined Time and Talents last November from Ealing Council where he had worked for 33 years, initially as Community Recreation officer and via various roles eventually becoming Children’s Service Manager. In this role he manged a large staff team providing support for children and their families, through children centres, childcare and nursery services, Play Services, holiday programmes , grant making, play areas and childcare development programmes working in partnership with the private and voluntary sectors . Jeff managed a budget of £2 million and successfully raised substantial amounts of additional external funding for the Council. Before Ealing, he worked in both the statutory and voluntary sectors: at Camden Council and the ILEA and as co-ordinator for a charity providing services for children and young people in the Kentish Town area of London. At Time and Talents Jeff works as Older Men’s Project organiser and has successfully started and runs the Pub Club for men aged 55 plus, which currently meets at several times each week.
Peter Catchpole – Minibus Driver