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Illuminate Rotherhithe Ceilidh Project 2017

 

As part of the Illuminate Rotherhithe events in November 2017, Time & Talents collaborated with the Illuminate Rotherhithe team to initiate a free annual event for seven local schools across the Rotherhithe peninsula. Years 4 & 5 in each school were given workshops on traditional ceilidh dancing with live music delivered by The Ceilidh Tree. These culminated in a Grand Ceilidh, where close to five hundred students came to dance together en masse at Bacon’s College on the 27th November.

 

The participating schools were: St Joseph’s, Albion, Redriff, St John’s, Alfred Salter, Peter Hills and Rotherhithe primary schools.

Building on this pilot project, Illuminate Rotherhithe and Time & Talents plan to expand the project by offering more free workshops in folk dance and song, and integrating local history to the same seven schools. We will also collaborate once again with the Museum of London Docklands, who delivered object handling workshops.

‘Thanks for organising the ceilidh workshop on Tuesday, it was brilliant and the children loved it.’ (Caroline Bannister, Deputy Headteacher, Albion Primary)

‘Well done for organising such a fantastic event last night. All our children came back enthused, happy and exhausted! It was great and the kids loved it not to mention the adults.’  (David Weston, Deputy Head, St Joseph’s Primary)

Here’s a link to St Joseph’s blog about the Grand Ceilidh: http://www.stjosephs-primary.org.uk/News/Grand-Ceilidh/

Schools Workshops followed by Grand Ceilidh Photo Gallery:

This project was funded by Southwark Music Hub and British Land.

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