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What We Do

Time and Talents is a lively, busy community centre in the heart of Rotherhithe. Set in a leafy heritage venue in an old mortuary (which is much nicer than it sounds), as well as in T&T2, our second venue in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre (opposite the entrance to Tesco), Time & Talents offers something for everyone. We have a history of over 130 years supporting people of all ages in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, bringing people together for mutual support, fun and friendship. With a wide range of activities in the centres, along with volunteering and schools’ outreach projects across the local area, we make sure that everyone feels part of a community.

We see a core part of our work as providing ways for people to connect and share their time and talents, including a wide range of volunteering opportunities, skills-sharing, and opportunities to socialise and connect neighbours close and far to reduce isolation.

Why not pop in to T&T? There’s so much to get involved in!

For All

A wide range of community parties, events and celebrations – because they’re the best way to bring communities together and build supportive relationships.

For Adults 

Informal learning opportunities, especially around practical skills like gardening, crafts, ukulele and mindfulness, and a range of hosted activities including yoga, Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Local History Society, Rotherhithe & Bermondsey Choral Society.

For Kids & Families

Across our two venues, The Old Mortuary and T&T2 in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, we have a wide range of super fun activities for kids of all ages, from play clubs to extra-curricular art classes, and all of the activities are FREE.

For Older People 

We have lots of support and social opportunities for older people, and a range of groups to increase social connections and build new friendships. We bring housebound older people in for fun weekly activities with our minibus, and also offer activities to keep people active and socially connected before they get frailer.

 

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