Who we are and what we do
Time & Talents is a lively, busy community organisation based Rotherhithe, Canada Water and Bermondsey. Set in a leafy heritage venue in an old mortuary (which is much nicer than it sounds!), as well as in T&T2, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Time & Talents has something for everyone.
We have a history stretching back more than 134 years, supporting people of all ages in our area, and bringing people together for mutual support, fun and friendship. With a wide range of activities at our centres, along with volunteering and schools’ outreach projects across local neighbourhoods, we work to help everyone feel part of a community.
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. We want to connect neighbours close and far, to reduce isolation and build a supportive, resilient community.
Why not have a look at what we have on offer? There’s so much to get involved in!
For the whole community
Community learning and leisure
Our community programme offers a wealth of informal community learning opportunities, especially in practical and creative skills like gardening, crafts, ukulele and mindfulness, plus a wide range of hosted activities.
Events and celebrations
We offer a variety of community parties, events and celebrations, because they’re the best – and most fun! – way to bring communities together and build supportive relationships.
For children & families
Across our two venues – The Old Mortuary near Rotherhithe tube station, and T&T2 in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre – we have a wide range of super fun activities for kids of all ages, from tiny ones to teenagers.
We run everything from play groups to extra-curricular art classes; from gardening clubs to sports. And all activities for kids and families are FREE.
Supporting older people
We have lots of support and social opportunities for older people, and a range of groups aimed at strengthening social connections and building new friendships. We bring housebound older people in for fun weekly groups with our minibus, and also offer activities to keep people active and socially connected before they get frailer.
Our longstanding befriending service matches isolated older people with regular visitors. Befrienders are in touch either in person or over the phone, providing company and friendly support.
We run a thriving older men’s programme – one of the only specialist programmes in the UK – which features our Pub Clubs, Men’s Shed, and lots more.
Food for all
During the Coronavirus crisis, many of T&T’s services had to be closed indefinitely. We transformed our Old Mortuary venue into one of a network of emergency Food Hubs in Southwark, providing deliveries of essential food to over 200 people every week.
Now closed, the food hub made a huge difference during the worst period of the pandemic. We continue working to make sure that everyone who needs access to food locally has the support they need from appropriate alternative services.
Who we are
‘To help create a world where everyone feels part of a community – and where nobody feels lonely, or left behind.’
- Increase the happiness and wellbeing of everyone in our community
- Make sure no-one has to feel lonely, isolated or excluded, especially those most in need
- Help people feel active, engaged and empowered
- Build a strong sense of place, shared experience, and shared social capital
- Help people help each other, by sharing their time and talents
We believe that ‘community’ doesn’t just happen, and that communities have to work hard to make sure no one is excluded. We think connected people are happier, healthier people, and that people are happiest when they’re able to help others and receive help in return. We also know that place matters, and people need to feel genuinely involved in the place where they live.
How we deliver this
- Groups to foster social relationships
- Individual support for people in need
- Activities to develop talents, confidence, skills
- Projects to empower and improve our local community
- Events to bring everyone together
- Opportunities to help others and to get involved
- Space for community activities
To find out more about what Time & Talents does, check out our programmes and activities pages, or contact us.