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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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Closure of the Time & Talents temporary COVID-19 emergency relief food hub

 

The pandemic forced harsh choices on us all. For Time & Talents, it meant having to stop being a place where people could meet and enjoy the chance to be part of their community.

 

In partnership with Southwark Council and a network of other community organisations, last May we found a new role as a temporary food hub, storing and distributing food to local households in crisis to support them through the various lockdowns. It was always intended to be an emergency response to an emergency situation.

 

Fortunately, with the rate of vaccinations continuing to progress well and restrictions gradually beginning to ease, we can see there is light at the end of the lockdown tunnel when we will be able to reclaim our Old Mortuary building as a meeting place and community centre, rather than a food store.

 

We have been in touch with the households currently receiving food support to offer guidance and advice they may need from April onwards once our food hub closes on Thursday 25 March.

 

We do want to go on helping to address issues around food poverty and will continue to collaborate with local partners to explore sustainable solutions such as community pantries.

 

In the meantime. the good news is that, in line with the Government’s roadmap, we hope to start to reopen our doors from April over the coming months to the local people who rely on us for friendship, support and community.

We’re very grateful to our staff, volunteers, community partners and Southwark Council for a fantastic collaborative response over the past 11 months.

 

For any urgent issues contact the Southwark Council COVID-19 Community Hub in one of these ways:

  1. Complete an online referral form
  2. Email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk
  3. Phone 0207 525 5000 and choose option 3

 

As always, we welcome volunteering applications

You can contact the team as usual on 020 7231 7845 and at info@timeandtalents.org.uk

With our very best wishes

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

17 March 2021