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Green Team: It’s Not About Plants, It’s About People

Our Director, Alex Evans, recently wrote a blog entry for NHS research charity King’s Health Partners about our Green Team. Interested? Come along any Tuesday or Friday!

Green Team: It’s not just about plants, it’s about people

Alex Evans, Director of Time & Talents, a local charity which is increasing mental and physical wellbeing in the community, blogs about how gardening and outdoor activities can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.

Come round the corner from the Rotherhithe roundabout, and it’s like being in a different world. Surrounded by housing estates, and some of the most deprived areas in the UK, Time & Talents (T&T) is based in an old mortuary (yes, an old mortuary) built in 1868 – which is much nicer than it sounds. Surrounded by beautiful mature gardens, on the edge of a picture postcard square which looks like it comes out of Downton Abbey, and yet encircled by traditional social housing, our Green Team gardening club meets twice a week.

T&T edible garden

Every session sees up to 15 people coming together, from their 20s to their 80s, a mixture of men and women, with different accents and origins. At first glance they seem to have nothing in common.  That changes when the gardening starts – or, some would say, when the kettle goes on.

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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