Solar for Time & Talents

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Project by Time & Talents

Total raised £16,526

raised so far

+ est. £1520.25 Gift Aid



Time and Talents is Crowdfunding for rooftop solar panels – help us go green, reduce our energy bills and support more local residents

We're still collecting donations

On the 16th December 2019 we'd raised £16,098 with 253 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

If we meet our £10,800 stretch target, then as well as installing solar panels, we will fit energy-saving LED lighting. This will save us a further 2.7 tonnes in co2 every year, and £500 in energy costs every year. 

Any money raised above our stretch target (including if we're lucky enough to win the £5,000 prize) will be used to improve the heating controls and insulation of our building, to further cut costs and carbon, while improving the warmth, comfort and safety of our service users, many of whom are vulnerable to the cold (e.g. older people, those with long-term health conditions, and children).

"I don't know where we'd be without Time & Talents in this's been going such a long can start as a toddler and go right up to my age, and even older...!" 

Joan, aged 82, Time & Talents volunteer and member of the Singing for Better Health and Strength & Balance (falls prevention) group.

Time & Talents is a special kind of community centre. We know that ‘community’ doesn’t just happen by itself. It has to be nurtured, supported, and brought together. Most of all, the most isolated and vulnerable people in our society can so easily be left out. And for 132 years, T&T has been working to make sure that nobody is left out, and that everybody feels part of a community.

Founded in 1887 to support the people of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, today we are needed more than ever. Researchers warn of an epidemic of loneliness and isolation in the UK, especially amongst older people; many of our community spaces like libraries have closed; and our curent political climate can create fear and misunderstanding between different groups in society, including between generations. In this context, we believe that our approach of pro-actively bringing together different groups for fun, friendships, and mutual support is absolutely vital to create happy, healthy, connected communities where everyone is included.  


Help us go green, reduce our energy bills and support more local residents 

Installing solar panels was recommended to us by two independent energy-saving experts, Carbon Trust and Parity Projects. By putting 21 solar panels on our community centre roof, we will:

  • Fight climate change – the solar panels will cut our current electricity consumption by over 50% (producing enough energy each year to boil water for 316,650 cups of tea!), and will reduce our CO2 emissions by over a third (3.29 tonnes annually)
  • Reduce our energy bills – by £726 every year
  • Support more local residents – the money we save will go directly into running our groups and activities

Through the money saved on energy costs, Time & Talents will be able to do more of the work we love, creating fun, friendship and mutual support, like this: 

Just some of the ways that Time & Talents brings people together are by running:

  • social, art, wellbeing and learning-based activities for all ages
  • targeted activities working with people with high levels of need, such as isolated elderly people and disabled groups
  • fun and educational groups for children and families 
  • universal wider projects and events, like our community parties, which bring hundreds of local people from different backgrounds together, twice each year  

And we take our community centre out into the local community through our:

  • Befriending service, which provides friendship and companionship to housebound older people
  • Partnerships with local schools
  • Involvement in local projects and festivals like Illuminate Rotherhithe and the Grand Ceilidh project 
  • Cycling Without Age project, which takes housebound older people for 'joyrides' in local green spaces on specially adapted cycle rickshaws, so they can get outside and 'feel the wind in their hair'!  


Receive a special reward as a thank you for giving to the Crowdfunder. You can choose to either donate to our Crowdfunder campaign, or pledge a specific amount in exchange for a reward. Rewards have been donated by local businesses and made lovingly by T&T volunteers, such as goodies grown in our gardens by our Green Team (where people feel better through gardening, cooking and eating together), and made in the Rotherhithe Shed, (which brings together older folks to put their practical skills to good use – fixing, making, whittling, drilling, sawing). 

We think our rewards will make special and meaningful Christmas presents (for your friends, family or colleagues, or for yourself!) and we hope you agree! See below and on the right hand side of the page for more information: 

More rewards will be announced during the course of our Crowdfunder campaign, so please keep checking back on this page and follow Time & Talents on social media, for exciting updates! 

Rewards can all be collected from Time & Talents, SE16 4JE, or in most cases, delivered within the U.K. Please email [email protected] with any queries. 


A big thankyou to our local business sponsors for providing rewards :

1. Printworks: 2 pairs of tickets to the night of your choice at Canada Water's premier live and electronic music venue

2. Bodytonic clinic: 3 x 45-minute massage vouchers

3. Fourpure Brewery company: 3 x Bermondsey brewery tour for 2 people and 3 x a case of Fourpure's Jet lager

4. The Pear Tree restaurant & deli£50 voucher for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or cake! 

5. Leadbelly's Bar & Kitchen: 3-course meal for 2 people, 4 cocktails, and/or a bottle of wine

6. Fitness Space Surrey QuaysReward coming soon!

7. DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands: Afternoon tea for 2 at this stylish venue, offering sensational views across the Thames and Canary Wharf.

8. Zeitgest London: Reward coming soon!

More information on the right hand side of the page.


Rewards from the Time & Talents Garden: thanks to the wonderful volunteers who grew, picked, prepared, bottled and baked these mouth-watering treats! All of these rewards can be collected from Time & Talents, SE16 4JE, or posted within the U.K. (except the curd, which needs to stay refridgerated, so is collection only).

Shown in the picture:

Top row, left - right:

1. Green Tomato Chutney: made with organic tomatoes grown in the Time & Talents garden by our Green Team     

2. Sloe Gin: Infused with sloe berries hand-foraged in Surrey Quays woodland 

3. Shortbread Star Tree: melt-in-the-mouth shortbread (also a table decoration if you can resist temptation long enough!)

Bottom row, left - right:

4. Mini Christmas Fruit Cake: classic fruit cake with brandy and spices, covered with a layer of sweet almond marzipan and soft white icing.

5. Crab Apple Jelly: Made with organic crab apples from the Time & Talents garden by our Green Team

6. Crab Apple Curd: Made with organic crab apples grown by the Green Team in Time & Talents' garden   

All can be collected from Time & Talents. All except the curd can be posted within the UK (curd collection only as needs to stay refridgerated).

More information in the Rewards section.


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This project offered rewards

£35 or more

Bottle of wine or 4 cocktails at Leadbelly's Bar

4 cocktails, or a bottle of wine - red, white, rose or sweet dessert wine (750ml) at Leadbelly's Bar & Kitchen. Leadbelly's serves great cocktails, craft lagers and world wines in a fun and laid-back space, in the Market Square directly opposite Canada Water Station. Get to Leadbelly's on the Grey Jubilee Line or Orange Overground Line.

£1 or more

Solar Switch On invite & your name on T&T bunting

An invitation to our Solar Switch On event planned for Spring 2020, when we will celebrate our new solar panels, and they'll start providing us with clean, green energy from the sun. And your name will be written on our special T&T bunting, which we will display at the event! N.B. This reward will be granted to everyone who pledges or donates £1 or more, including those who pledge for the other, more expensive, rewards.

£10 or more

Green Tomato Chutney: Time & Talents' own harvest

Made with organic tomatoes grown in the Time & Talents garden by our Green Team. Excellent with cheese or cold meats, for example in a sandwich or as part of a ploughman's lunch.

£10 or more

Shortbread Star Tree: melt-in-the-mouth shortbread

Shortbread Star Tree: star-shaped biscuits of rich, crumbly, melt-in-the-mouth shortbread, arranged into a quirky Christmas tree shape. Serving suggestion/ Christmas game suggestion: Use it as a centrepiece for your table and see how long you can resist eating it! 135g

£10 or more

Mini Christmas fruit Cake (500g)

Decadent, classic fruit cake packed with vine fruits, and enriched with sweet, warming brandy and spices. Covered with a layer of indulgently sweet, nutty almond marzipan, and soft white icing. You might not believe it, but this cake is also gluten free!

£20 or more

1 hour Sailing taster session @Greenland Dock SE16

Sailing taster session in a Tideway Sailability small sail boat, on Greenland Dock, SE16. Experience sailing with an experienced volunteer to guide you. Try your hand at steering the boat if you feel up to it. Sessions must be pre-booked. Available on Wed, Thu and Sundays, April to October 2020. Minimum age 6, children must be accompanied. Select “Quantity -2” at checkout to go with a friend/family (in 2 boats).

£33 or more

Mindfulness classes at T&T (11 x 1-hour sessions)

Make Mondays less manic with a term (11 lessons) of mindfulness sessions at Time & Talents in leafy Rotherhithe! Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body based training that helps people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences - especially stressful experiences. Monday mornings at 10-11am.

£40 or more

Tour of Fourpure Brewery Bermondsey for 2 people

Take a tour of Bermondsey's own Fourpure brewery, and learn about their history, how they brew their beers and what makes them different. On this tour, they'll show you the steps needed to make each their 4,000-litre batches, starting with grain and ending up with finished beer! Adult tickets include a tasting flight of five different beers, each beer 1/3 pint size, so you won't go home thirsty!

£40 or more

Sloe Gin: with hand-picked sloe berries (500ml)

Sloe gin. Infused with a rich, berry flavour and a beautiful, deep plum-red colour from sloe berries hand-foraged in Surrey Quays woodland, this gin is slightly sweet and warming. Traditionally enjoyed as a warming drink in winter, sloe gin is also excellent with tonic as a refreshing twist on a classic G&T, in cocktails, with champagne or neat over ice!. Collected from Time & Talents, SE16 4JE (preferred option), or posted within the U.K.

£45 or more

Live/electronic music @ PRINTWORKS-Pair of tickets

Let your hair down at the night of your choice at Printworks London - Canada Water's award-winning live and electronic music venue! Once home to the largest printing factory in Western Europe, the original aesthetics, giant machines and printing presses have been preserved to create a stunning, industrial environment for a dynamic array of events. Their Autumn/Winter 2019 Season features over 30 shows taking place between September and January.

£65 or more

Your first/next tattoo! 1 hour @ One Day Studio

1 hour session with tattoo artist Jozsef Beres or Akos Keller at One Day Tattoo studio in Angel. See: and click on their Instagram accounts to see examples of their designs. 1 session available with Jozsef and 1 with Akos. Email [email protected] with any queries

£250 or more

Private cinema experience for you & 15 friends

Watch your favourite movie (if available on DVD) at a private screening for you and your friends/ family in Time & Talents’ atmospheric wood-panelled former chapel. We’ll throw in drinks and popcorn too to make it a truly special occasion!

£500 or more

Free party for you and up to 70 friends!

Party like it’s 1999 with free use of Time & Talents’ large hall for up to 70 of your friends and family (use of hall for up to 6 hours)

£8 or more

Crab Apple Jelly: T&T's own harvest

Made with organic crab apples from Time & Talents' gardens. could Can be enjoyed with cheese or cold meats. Also delicious on toast, pancakes and crumpets; with whipped cream on a scone; a tasty alternative to jam in a sponge cake; can also be eaten by the spoon straight from the jar! Get a few jars to try all the different ways!! 300g

£8 or more

Crab Apple Curd: T&T's own harvest

Made with organic crab apples from Time & Talents' gardens. Delicious on toast, pancakes and crumpets; with whipped cream on a scone; a tasty alternative to jam in a sponge cake; a decadent improvement for vanilla ice cream; can also be eaten by the spoon straight from the jar! Get a few jars to try all the different ways!! 200g. Only available for collection from Time & Talents as it needs to be kept in the fridge.

£20 or more

Flower Arrangement from T&T supporter Valli

A special flower arrangement from friend of T&T, Valli, whose beautiful arrangements you may have seen brightening up our entrance hall and office in T&T. Valli has promised an extra special arrangement for this, and we can't wait to see it!

£27 or more

Case of craft lager from local brewery Fourpure

Jet lager, from local Bermondsey brewery Fourpure, is a refreshing, easy drinking craft lager with a smooth, crisp finish. “Best shared, plotting that next adventure near or far.“ Case is 12 x 440ml cans. 4% alcohol by volume. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£45 or more

View from the Shard - Pair of tickets

Enjoy stunning panoramic views of London's skyline with a pair of standard Adult tickets to the View from the Shard in London Bridge (RRP £50) See for more info:

£55 or more

Night of World Music, food & drink in SE16 (for 2)

2 tickets to a world music concert of your choice in Tunedin.London’s new season, valid Jan-July 2020. Each pair of tickets includes a glass of wine (or soft drink) each, and a shared vegetarian or meat platter for 2 at the Mayflower Pub before the concert. The new season is yet to be confirmed, but opens with world class Flamenco from Spain on 30th Jan. At least 1 intimate, acoustic, high quality session each month. See

£55 or more

3 course meal for 2 @ Leadbelly's OR Wife of Bath

3 course meal for 2 people @ Leadbelly's Bar & Kitchen, Canada Water. Starter (regular size), Main and Dessert. Leadbelly's focus on the best of British produce, and locally sourced, in-season ingredients to guarantee the freshest & tastiest bites OR 3 course lunch (Wed - Saturday) plus glass of house wine for 2 at the Wife of Bath country gastropub in Wye, Kent.

£75 or more

Time & Talents Christmas Hamper

Christmas in a box! Treat yourself or a loved one to: *Shortbread Star Tree *Mini-Christmas Cake (gluten free option available) *Surrey Quays Sloe Gin (250ml) *Green Tomato Chutney: Time & Talents' own harvest *Crab Apple Jelly: Time & Talents' own harvest *Crab Apple Curd: Time & Talents' own harvest *Poached Pears in lightly-spiced Syrup *Christmas Table Centrepiece Decoration Collect from Time & Talents, SE16 4JE (preferred option), or by post

£145 or more

3-month gym, swim, classes membership Every1 Activ

3-month gym, swim & classes membership at Everyone Active - unlimited access to gyms, fitness classes and swimming pools at all of Everyone Active's 190 centres nationwide, including at Surrey Docks Fitness & Watersports Centre, Seven Islands Leisure Centre and The Castle (Elephant & Castle). Their top-of-the-line gyms have all the latest equipment, catering for all gym-goers, from cardio to fixed resistance, free weight and functional equipment

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