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Processions 2018: Representing 131 years of T&T Women’s Talents!

We had an amazing time at the #processions march on Sunday! Thanks to all the groups who creatively added to our banner, & to the trustees & friends who joined us on the march. It was a privilege to celebrate both 100 years since the first women’s vote and the visionary women who set up T&T back in 1887! Lovely to meet so many great women & other community groups along the way too! Volunteers included Truly Johnston and Wei Lei, our amazing trustees, as well as fabulous T&T staff Jemma and Rochelle, and good friend and collaborator Annabel from Sands Film Studios and Bron from Community Southwark.

A big shout out to Trevor, a dedicated member of the Green Team, who helped us transport the huge banner to the procession, and of course to the many many people at T&T who contributed to this banner: the Happy Mondays, Tiny Talents, Create Space, Crafty Beasts, Rainbow Arts & Crafts, Adults with Autism and many many more!

Our resolution for this year: more celebration of our progressive history, more celebration of our amazing feminist heritage, and more promoting the kind of progressive vision of the future that spurred us on at the start.

 

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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