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Time & Talents has suspended all face-to-face groups and activities. Our priority is to keep staff, volunteers and our community as safe and healthy as possible.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s been in touch with offers to help people in our community who are struggling. The team is working very hard to put a plan in place to meet the needs of the older and vulnerable people we serve. 

We are prioritising the mobilisation of our pool of existing local volunteers, but welcome the support of new ones. To register your interest, please fill in our volunteering form:

www.timeandtalents.org.uk/volunteering-application-form  

Before applying, please consider if this is something you would like to continue after this emergency. Due to the cost of DBS processing, we will prioritise longer-term volunteers.

We’re streamlining our induction process to work as quickly as possible whilst ensuring appropriate safeguarding measures are in place, and we thank you for your patience.

We will keep updating our news page with any developments: www.timeandtalents.org.uk/news If you would like to donate to Time & Talents: www.timeandtalents.org.uk/donate

Thank you for your support.

Sarah Gibb (Director) and the T&T team

info@timeandtalents.org.uk

Coronavirus update – Suspension of all activities at Time & Talents

In response to the UK government’s latest measures recommending the avoidance of all unnecessary travel and social contact, Time & Talents is now suspending ALL activities at The Old Mortuary and T&T2 from Tuesday 17th March 2020. This includes drop-ins, hosted groups and volunteering. This suspension will remain in place for the time-being but will be reviewed regularly.

All future updates about activities at Time & Talents will be made on this webpage (www.timeandtalents.org.uk/news), including details of when we will resume normal programmes.

For any medical advice please refer to current NHS guidance www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

In the meantime, please feel free to contact the team at info@timeandtalents.org.uk.

Best wishes

Sarah Gibb (Director) and the T&T team

Coronavirus/Corvid-19 update (13 March)

As of Monday 16th March 2020, Time & Talents is suspending all activities in our Older People’s programme (at The Old Mortuary, T&T2, and external locations), as well as any of our Kids & Families programme activities which take place at T&T2. This is a precautionary measure, taken to protect vulnerable people from the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19. These suspensions will be in place until further notice.

Adult programme and Kids & Families groups at The Old Mortuary will currently continue to run but we recommend that anyone older or with an existing health condition, including diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, does not attend to reduce unnecessary risk.

Hosted groups and events continue at the hirer’s discretion – please check with your group leaders.

We ask that anyone who is feeling unwell does not come to our venues. For any medical advice please refer to current NHS guidance www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

All updates about activities at Time & Talents will be made on this webpage (www.timeandtalents.org.uk/news), including details of when we will resume normal programmes.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact the team on 020 7231 7845.

Thank you for helping us to keep our community safe.

Best wishes

Sarah Gibb (Director) and the T&T team

Catch Me When I Fall

Peggy Lighterman vows she will never be like her father. His was a life blighted by alcohol addiction and an untimely demise. Hers, one of placid fulfilment in the urban sprawl of Bermondsey. But Peggy’s life is turned upside down by a series of tragic events. A drink to fill the empty void soon escalates into a downward spiral until she meets Dr Theo Hither, a psychiatrist who has witnessed first-hand the trauma of mental illness in his brother and is fiercely protective of those marginalised by society. Help to rebuild her shattered existence breathes hope into a life that she thought had disappeared forever.There are frequent flashbacks to Peggy’s life growing up on a closely knit 1930s London housing estate. Peggy’s mental health is precious, and the power of words could mean the power to change. She is offered the chance to catch her when she falls but how will society finally roll the dice in determining her fate?

Dr Tony Rao is a consultant psychiatrist for older people, who has served the communities of Rotherhithe, Bermondsey and around South East London for over twenty years. Taking this plentiful experience, Tony has written ‘Catch Me When I Fall’ — his first novel, published in November 2019 — and is kindly donating all proceeds from the book to Time & Talents.

The story captures the warmth of family and community, and the difficulty that people can face when they become isolated from this love and support through bereavement, illness, and other changes in circumstances which we can all face in life. In the case of Peggy, the novel’s protagonist, we then find out if anyone is there to ‘catch her’ when she falls. It is a story of the struggles which people face every day, and about how we can help to lift each other up through mutual support and caring.

We are very grateful for Tony’s generosity in donating the proceeds, and to see a story which takes place in the community in which we have worked since our beginnings.

The book is available to buy in paperbook and as a Kindle eBook via Amazon. If you purchase it via Amazon Smile, and select Time & Talents as your chosen charity, you can ensure that we receive a small donation from your purchase, at no extra cost.

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1704548497/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

COVID-19 UPDATE

 

We know that this is a difficult time for everyone and we continue to do everything we can to support our users and the wider community.  We’re working hard to adapt our face to face services and activities and look forward to providing updates on these soon.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, volunteers and users remains our priority and we continue to reduce risk of transmission and ensure that unnecessary risks are not taken. This means that members of the public are not allowed to enter the Old Mortuary building or use the toilet.

 

Current services include:

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

Please support the Time & Talents Food Hub via our fundraising campaign

You can contact us 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

14 August 2020