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Breath of Life Singing Group Pays Tribute to Member Cecilia Gustave

We were very sad to learn that Breath of Life member and friend Cecilia Gustave recently died. The weekly singing group (who enjoy creative and therapeutic singing and breathing exercises for breathing problems including COPD) say that she was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed, and all at T&T agree.

The group collected some memories of Cecilia:

“We remember her as a lovely lady. She was quite a shy person, but determined – she would always ask if she wasn’t sure about something.”


“Our teacher Elisa remembers that Cecilia had noticed a leopard-print scarf Elisa was wearing, and brought in a pair of fingerless gloves for her which also had leopard spots. Cecilia had a liking for colourful clothes like this.”


“I particularly remember her at the Time and Talents fete last summer when she joined in the singing with us, as she did also at the Christmas party.”


“She had a very nice light soprano voice and enjoyed the singing which gave her a lot of pleasure.”


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