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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 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 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.


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
  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

With our very best wishes

Sarah Gibb, Director, and the T&T team

17 March 2021