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Vacancy: Community Activities Facilitator – Older Adults

Are you an experienced, creative, and highly organised groups facilitator?

Do you care deeply about the welfare of older adults?

Do you have experience in social care or working with people with a wide variety of needs and abilities?

If you answered yes to all of the above, this could be the role for you!

We’re looking for an experienced and skilled individual who will deliver a package of support, including running group activities and one to one assessments, to help reduce loneliness, improve health and wellbeing and increase older adults and their carer’s opportunities to connect to their local community.

What we do

Time & Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe, SE16.  Set in a leafy heritage building, and ‘T&T2’, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, we offer something for everyone. With a history of 134 years of supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, we bring people together for mutual support, fun and friendship, with a wide range of services and activities for older people and other adults, along with volunteering and children and families’ projects.

We work with around 400 older adults and their carers a year, many of whom are very frail and elderly. Sadly, though they very often get left out: their friendships and networks disappear, family and friends move away, and they end up very lonely and isolated. Once that happens, mental and physical illness too often follow. We believe that surrounding older adults with a welcoming, nurturing community, is vital to improving and maintaining their wellbeing. We also know they want to thrive, create, feel a sense of purpose, and continue living their lives to the full, for their whole lives.

In response to this we offer one to one support and case-working, befriending, and an exciting programme of social and support groups with fully escorted transport. We also run fun events and intergenerational activities to bring the whole community together. From reminiscence, art, music, and health and wellbeing advice, to outings and new and exciting experiences, no two days are the same.

The role

In this role, you’ll deliver some of our existing groups, such as our Happy Mondays group, Friday Social Club and a lively Stroke Club. With the support of volunteers and community members, you’ll coordinate other smaller peer-led and tutor-led groups (from exercise classes to a mental health support group for older women) and create new groups to be delivered in-person and digitally too.  You will support our Neighbourhood Care Coordination work by carrying out some home assessments on clients to identify their individual needs. Working closely with health, adult social care and voluntary sector organisations, as well as liaising with referees, you will work hard to ensure clients’ and their carers needs are met, providing help with anything from applying for making adaptions in the home to supporting them to get involved in one of our many groups or projects.

A key part of the role is involving older adults and carers themselves in the delivery of the programme as volunteers, and involving people of all ages and backgrounds from the local community – from NHS health professionals to local artists and students. You will also need to build individual relationships of trust with older participants, and work closely with our Neighbourhood Care Coordinator and Older Adult’s Programme Manager to ensure we take a joined-up approach to caring for individuals.

About you

The role needs someone creative, energetic, passionate, but importantly, also highly organised. You must be as comfortable making sure a minibus schedule is up to date, as you are delivering craft activities or quizzes, or as comfortable hosting NHS professionals delivering healthcare advice, as you would be helping run an escorted visit to a local farm. You need to have lots of ideas, and be highly ambitious, but also be able to make your ideas happen. 

Most of all, we need someone who cares deeply about the welfare of older adults and their carers, and is able to react quickly and appropriately to emerging issues – especially to the more serious care issues we inevitably encounter. While appropriate training will be given, we are looking for candidates with some social care experience ideally.

About us

We are an energetic, experienced, and passionate team of 15, with a strong sense of shared purpose and a lively sense of humour. You’ll have the chance to make a big contribution to a growing, ambitious and innovative organisation which has doubled its reach and impact in recent years.

This role is full time, with flexibility for regular evening and occasional weekend working.

Time & Talents is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity, and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person that they are. We actively encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

If you would like an informal chat about the job, please email recruitment@timeandtalents.org.uk with your phone number and a suitable time for us to call.

The closing date is 5:30pm on Monday 24th May.

TO APPLY: All applications to be submitted online here. Send a CV and a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want the job and how your experience relates to the job description and person specification.

IMPORTANT: We’ll use cover letters to assess applications alongside CVs. Please ensure you take the time to include a well-written cover letter as detailed above.  We won’t assess applications without one.

INTERVIEWS: First round interviews will take place on Friday 28th May. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a second interview on the w/c 31st May.

Coronavirus/COVID-19: the safety and wellbeing of our current and future employees remains a top priority, therefore interviews will be conducted remotely by video if necessary.

Vacancy: Trustee

Time & Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe, London SE16 with our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. With a history of 134 years of supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, we bring people together for mutual support, fun and friendship, with a wide range of services and activities for older people and other adults, along with children and families’ programmes and a range of volunteering projects. We are at an exciting stage of development. Our income has grown substantially in the last five years and this growth has enabled us to develop our programmes and activities to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the local community by supporting more older adults, children, and families. We have 16 staff and 200 volunteers. The predicted turnover for 2020-2021 is around £800k.

The current pandemic adds to the challenges for a charity of this size, and we are looking for three new trustees to replace ones completing their full term this year/moving away.

Time & Talents is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity, and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person that they are.

We are seeking applicants who have a strong personal commitment to Time & Talents, who either live or work in Southwark and ideally have skills and experience in:

  • Human Resources
  • Fundraising
  • Digital

However, we are keen to meet applicants with a wide range of backgrounds and experience in order to provide a balanced and effective Board for this thriving, popular and well-established Rotherhithe institution.

The Board meets up to six times per year. Meetings take place at 6.00pm (on Zoom/Microsoft Teams during COVID-19).

Please download the role description and application form from the CharityJob website.

Please email your application form with a copy of your CV to recruitment@timeandtalents.org.uk. The closing date is 09.00 on 19 April 2021. 

If you would like an informal chat about the organisation and/or the trustee role, please email recruitment@timeandtalents.org.uk with your phone number and a suitable time for us to call.

COVID-19: the safety and wellbeing of our current and future employees and volunteers remains a top priority, therefore interviews will be conducted remotely by video if necessary.

Vacancy: Head of Operations

Do you want to help build a world where everyone feels part of a community? 

Do you have a track record in driving the excellent delivery of grant-funded community programmes in the third sector?

Are you an inspiring and experienced senior manager?

If you answered yes to all of the above, this could be the role for you!

We’re looking for an experienced operations lead and people manager. This new senior full time post is an exciting opportunity to play a vital role in enabling us to deliver our strategy, driving the delivery and quality of our programmes, ensuring we are achieving our targets for the years ahead and are effectively evaluating and learning from our work. 

You will lead our programme team of nine and directly manage two programme/delivery managers. Therefore, the successful candidate will be an experienced, confident and inspiring senior manager.

If you have an excellent track record in programme delivery and internal operations and are highly skilled in leading and motivating teams this is a fantastic opportunity for you.

What we do

Time & Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe, London SE16.  Set in a leafy heritage building, and ‘T&T2’, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, we offer something for everyone. With a history of 134 years of supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, we bring people together for mutual support, fun and friendship, with a wide range of services and activities for older people and other adults, along with children and families’ programmes and a range of volunteering projects.  We are at an exciting stage of development. Our income has grown substantially in the last five years and this growth has enabled us to develop our programmes and activities to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the local community by supporting more older adults, children and families.

The role

In this role, you’ll:

  • be responsible for strategic management and service delivery
  • motivate and manage programme leads
  • lead internal operations
  • contribute to the wider organisation as a member of the Senior Management Team

About you

You are passionate about the power of community to connect and support people.  You have a track record in driving the excellent delivery of grant-funded community programmes in the third sector.  You have demonstrable experience in charity finance, leadership and internal operations.  You’re an emotionally resilient and experienced leader with a growth mindset and plenty of grit.  You’re flexible, accountable, take responsibility, are highly organised and skilled in multitasking and balancing priorities. 

About us

We are an energetic, experienced, and passionate team of 15, with a strong sense of shared purpose and a lively sense of humour. You’ll have the chance to make a big contribution to a growing, ambitious and innovative organisation which has doubled its reach and impact in recent years.

This role is full time, with flexibility for regular evening and occasional weekend working.

Time & Talents is wholly committed to inclusion and diversity, and to building a culture and environment where everyone is appreciated for the unique person that they are. We actively encourage applications from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

If you would like an informal chat about the job, please email recruitment@timeandtalents.org.uk with your phone number and a suitable time for us to call.

The closing date is 09.00 on Thursday 25 March 2021. 

TO APPLY: All applications to be submitted online here. Send a CV and a cover letter of no more than two sides of A4, explaining why you want the job and how your experience relates to the job description and person specification.

IMPORTANT: We’ll use cover letters to assess applications alongside CVs. Please ensure you take the time to include a well-written cover letter as detailed above. We won’t assess applications without one.

INTERVIEWS: First round interviews will take place on 31 March and 1 April.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a second interview w/c 12 April.

COVID-19: the safety and wellbeing of our current and future employees remains a top priority, therefore interviews will be conducted remotely by video if necessary.

Urgent Appeal

Three of our cargo bike batteries have been stolen. Volunteers use the bikes to deliver emergency food parcels to local households in crisis every week and we’re struggling without them. Please donate to help us raise the £2,100 to replace the batteries.

Of course, we’d be ever so grateful if the stolen batteries could be returned. Please keep an eye out for them! They aren’t of use for any other types of bikes.

When COVID restrictions ease, we’ll be able to use the cargo bikes again for the much loved Cycling Without Age rides for isolated, housebound older people in the local area. We need batteries for these too!

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.”


Volunteer spotlight!

Showcasing our amazing volunteers!

Our volunteers at Time & Talents have worked incredibly hard throughout the COVID lockdown. With 118 volunteers making regular phone calls to isolated residents, 26 volunteers delivering weekly food shops, and an ever-expanding team working incredibly hard at our brand new food bank delivering to 60 households – that’s around 250 people! It’s safe to say that we couldn’t function without our volunteers and their continual hard work.

Sadly, due to the lockdown, a large majority of the volunteering has been out of sight. That is why here at T&T, we want to champion and celebrate their hard work by highlighting a handful of our volunteer’s experiences during COVID. We hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as we did!

If you are interested in getting involved with volunteering, you can find more information on our website, or email volunteering@timeandtalents.org.uk.


Doug: ‘I grew up in this area, I’ve lived and worked abroad for a few years and came back to the area recently… I wanted to get involved in the community and feel rooted again.

I first volunteered, about a year ago, for the project Cycling Without Age, taking housebound older people on joyrides in the cycle rickshaw to local green spaces, helping them get outside and ‘feel the wind in their hair’!

Now, since the coronavirus crisis, we’re using these cycle rickshaws to transport emergency food parcels to local families in need. It feels good to be doing something positive, but I’m also looking forward to when the rickshaws can be filled with people again rather than food parcels, and with people’s chatter and songs (yes, we sometimes sing on our cycle rides!)’

Georgina: ‘I’ve enjoyed getting to know my telephone befriendee over the past 6 weeks. It amazes me how many different things we cover in our conversations – a range of topics from music to race to family ancestry! Getting to know someone over the phone, although harder because it is not face-to-face has its advantages – it definitely removes another layer of judgement or prejudice.’

Stella: ‘Volunteering gives me a sense of purpose and fulfilment. I volunteered with T&T prior to Covid-19 in order to help someone who might benefit from my time by meeting them face to face, this was very rewarding as I got to understand how ‘just being there’ for another person can make such a big difference to their day.

I did not know what to expect [after lockdown and moving to phone befriending] however speaking to my Befriendee supersedes any expectation I might have had. I was able to understand even better how just speaking to someone during this circumstance and in general can mean so much to them and so much more to me.

At the age of 81, my befriendee is full of enthusiasm, joy and so much positivity even in these unprecedented times and I am very very grateful to have been placed with her, it is a connection which will last beyond the lockdown.’

Pat: ‘As a Christian and a Retired Practice Nurse who worked in the community in Southwark for many years and experienced first-hand the degree of loneliness felt by the elderly, I believe that by becoming a volunteer Befriender I have the opportunity to give my time to alleviate, be it in a small way, the separation and loneliness felt by many elderly members of our community.

I believe that such a role as a Befriender offers good benefit to elderly people, especially at this difficult time with this virus.’

Mother and daughter Kath (left) and Lucy (right) are volunteering at our food bank. Kath: ‘I think we all have to pull together in these times of trouble to help those less fortunate than ourselves.’ Lucy: ‘It’s nice to help out… it’s fun!’

Housemates Madi (left) & Lou (right): ‘We came to be involved with the wonderful work of T&T through their befriending programme which has been hugely enriching and rewarding. We feel that we’ve made great friends with the women we chat to and although we have never met, we have grown to have mutual care and affection. It’s also brought to light just how much we have to learn from the older generations and how much older people can be forgotten in our normal busy lives.

As our connection to T&T has gown (and since, as freelancers, we find ourselves unemployed during the pandemic) we’ve also been able to get involved with the foodbank, which has been enormously rewarding in a totally different way. It’s been wonderful to offer our skills and time to the community and to feel that we are making a tangible difference to the lives of others.

We can’t thank Time & Talents enough for the opportunity to help and to grow through volunteering and would encourage anyone to get involved.’

Jeannie : ‘My beneficiary has lived in Southwark all her life, and I love to hear all about the old, Old Kent Road which is where she grew up. We have also discovered we both like clothes and good weather.’ 

Jacqui: ‘Befriending has given me so much, it’s great to learn new things and look forward to talking to someone.’ 

Befriender David (and his cute dog!): ‘My befriendee recently had a break-in at home and she found it helpful to have another person to talk to, someone who could listen and help her move on from such an awful and frightening experience.’

A Tribute to Emma Williams, T&T Volunteer of 20 years

Article appeared in Southwark News on 15th April 2020:

BERMONDSEY ANGEL EMMA WILLIAMS FUNERAL WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED SO FRIENDS CAN PAY THEIR RESPECTS

KEVIN QUINN (15 April, 2020)

The 46-year-old volunteer with Rotherhithe’s Time & Talents spent over sixteen years helping to run group for older women

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Described as an angel by the older people she helped take out on trips, 46-year-old Emma Williams’ life was cut short last month and amid a global pandemic her funeral won’t be attended by any of her friends young or old.

Emma, who had been volunteering at Rotherhithe’s Time & Talents, for over sixteen years suffered a heart failure at home on March 18.

Her sudden death shocked her family, who had been in touch with her less than a hour before her carer found her at her home in Jacobs House on Chambers Street in Bermondsey.

Emma had been unwell since Christmas, but her stepfather Eddie had been with her that day and had called to check on her less than an hour before her carer visited her home.

Despite having learning difficulties Emma was very independent and enjoyed making jewellery, attending concerts and Tai-Chi. But above everything else she loved volunteering, helping elderly people on and off buses at the Time & Talents community centre on St Marychurch Street.

She went on countless outings with them, and its Neighbourhood Co-ordinator Cindy Glover told the News: “She will be greatly missed. She was amazing and we have known Emma for twenty years, when she came here first as a mini-bus escort. She then helped run our group for older women, making tea, chatting with them. They would call her their angel. She loved taking them on theatre outings, especially to the Brick Lane musicals, as well as west-end shows like Lion King.”

Emma’s mum Evelyn said: “She was a very clever girl, very kind and considerate and I don’t think I realised just how many people’s lives she touched until she was gone. So many people have been in touch, but we won’t be able to give her the funeral she deserves. It is bad enough, but this situation is making it worse.

“Her sister is coming down from Birmingham. I have been self-isolating as I have COPD, so we’ll have to go to the crematorium in our own cars. I plan to have a memorial after the lockdown for her friends.”

But the service on May 11 will be livestreamed and Evelyn said that she welcomes people to tune in and pay their respects at home. Bermondsey funeral directors Albins have been offering the livestreaming since the coronavirus outbreak took hold and restrictions were put in place preventing only close family members from attending all services.

The News will publish details of how to watch her funeral on livestream nearer the date.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

WHAT WE’RE DOING
We regret that T&T’s venues are closed until further notice. Our staff are working remotely. We are in regular telephone contact with hundreds of local people who usually come to T&T activities/groups, and are responding to extremely urgent needs across the community, including access to food banks, shopping and medical supplies and care support. We are seeing a high level of mental health crisis and helping people through this in every way we can. We’re making hundreds of telephone befriending matches, to keep our community connected and battle the isolation that this crisis is creating for many of us. Please see our Facebook page for online activities and resources.

GET INVOLVED
We’ve had a huge number of volunteering applications and would welcome more. Please get involved to help your community here: https://www.timeandtalents.org.uk/volunteering-application-form. We’re working as fast as we can to process these applications – please bear with us and we will be in touch as soon as we possibly can.

FOR MORE UPDATES: Please visit our website News page and Facebook page. You can call the team on 020 7231 7845 if you need us.

Community volunteering

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