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 Our Vision

A world where everyone feels part of a community

 

Our Mission

At Time & Talents our mission is to:

  • Increase the happiness and wellbeing of everyone in our community
  • Make sure no-one has to feel lonely, isolated or excluded, especially those most in need
  • Help people feel active, engaged and empowered
  • Build a strong sense of place, shared experience, and shared social capital
  • Help people help each other, by sharing their time and talents

Our Strategy

We deliver targeted services for those most in need in our community, and universal activities which work to bring all parts of our community together.

We deliver this through:

  • Groups to foster social relationships
  • Individual support for people in need
  • Activities to develop talents, confidence, skills
  • Projects to empower and improve our local community
  • Events to bring everyone together
  • Opportunities to help others and to get involved
  • Space for community activities

Our Core Beliefs

  • ‘Community’ doesn’t just happen, and communities have to work hard to make sure no-one is excluded
  • That connected people are happier, healthier, people
  • That people are happiest when they’re able to help others, and to receive help in return
  • That place matters, and people need to feel genuinely involved in the place they live.
  • That settlements are a powerful force for positive change – and the Settlement Movement is more relevant than ever
  • That threads of shared culture, identity, history – and most of all, fun! -bring people together

 

Our Values

We are:

Inclusive and empowering

Caring and supportive

Responsive and creative

Dynamic and resourceful

 

 

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