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What We Do

Time & Talents is a local charity based in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey dedicated to creating a place where everyone feels part of a community. We bring people together for mutual support, fun and friendship through a range of services and activities that address social isolation, increase mental & physical wellbeing, and reduce divisions across the community.

We were set up in 1887 by ‘women of education and leisure’ who were concerned about the huge gap between rich and poor, and growing disadvantage in the local docks as a consequence of rapid industrialisation. They started, of course, in a time before the NHS and the welfare state. Members of the Settlement Movement, of which T&T remains a key member, went on to be the architects of social work and the welfare state. 130 years later, as we see a social system increasingly under strain, we feel that our long experience and model of mutual support is more important than ever.


Over 5,000 people participated in our community activities last year (double the previous year’s figure) and over 200 isolated elderly people in need received personalised care and support on an individual or group basis. We currently work with over 150 volunteers of all ages.

We see a core part of our work as providing ways for people to connect and share their time and talents, including a wide range of volunteering opportunities, skills-sharing, and opportunities to socialise and connect neighbours close and far to reduce isolation.

Why not pop in to T&T? There’s so much to get involved with, including:

For all ages

  • Formal/informal learning opportunities, especially around practical skills like gardening and crafts, life drawing, ukulele
  • A wide range of community parties, events, and celebrations – because they’re the best way to bring communities together and build supportive relationships
  • A range of hosted activities including a Local History Society, Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Choral Society, Creative Writing and Visual Arts groups
  • Health and wellbeing for all ages, including yoga, creative making, and mindfulness classes
  • Wacky fun for children and families – bringing together grown-ups as well as kids
  • The Green Team – our gardening club for all

For 55s and over

  • Lots of support and social opportunities for older people:
    • A range of groups to increase social connections and build new friendships:
      • Happy Monday Group – a social group for over 60s
      • Social Contact Group – for older women with mental health needs
      • Stroke Club, for people recovering from a stroke, and their carers
      • Visually Impaired Club, for people who have experienced loss of sight
      • The Rotherhithe Shed, where you can tinker, make and mend in a real workshop
      • Pub Club, a non-nonsense social group for men 55+ running in local pubs
      • Friday Social, a 60+ club for people who aren’t old! Meet like-minded people and get out and about