Our Food Hub closed on 25th March 2021.

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, in May 2020 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. We have been in touch with the households who were receiving food support, to offer guidance and advice since our food hub closed on Thursday 25th March. We also 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.

Fortunately, with the vaccination programme continuing to make good progress, and restrictions beginning to ease, we can now see some light at the end of the tunnel. While we’re not there yet, we are all really looking forward to being able to fully reclaim our Old Mortuary building as a meeting place and community centre.

The good news is that, in line with the Government’s roadmap, we are gradually starting to reopen our doors to local people who rely on us for friendship, support and community. Although the situation is still uncertain for the time being, and we can’t yet do all the things we usually would, we hope to be able to resume more of our normal activities over the coming months.

We’re very grateful to our staff, volunteers, community partners and Southwark Council for a fantastic collaborative response over the past year and more.

For any urgent issues, please 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 Time & Talents team as usual by calling 020 7231 7845 or emailing info@timeandtalents.org.uk

With our very best wishes,

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

June 2021