We are proud to work with many individuals who share the same motivation to help overcome loneliness in a range of creative ways.
Some of the wonderful people we are proud to call ‘friends’ of the Charity are:
Balbir Singh Gohler
Former Chair of the Sussex Indian Punjabi Society and volunteer befriender - Balbir has become a valued friend of the charity since connecting during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, the Sussex Indian Punjabi Society committee and its membership raised integral funds and awareness about our work at a special online concert for Diwali 2020 . Sussex Indian Punjabi Society.
Founder of Story Chaplain - Charlotte has proven to be a valuable friend of the charity since 2014. Not only does Charlotte play an integral role in helping the charity to be dementia inclusive, but she provides insight through the development of specialist resources. In addition, Charlotte provides workshops, training, and advice to staff and volunteers. More recently Charlotte was commissioned as an Anna Chaplain at Time to Talk Befriending. As part of the core team Charlotte will join Anna Chaplains Julie and Emily to provide spiritual care in later life. Story Chaplain - everyday creativity and dementia inclusion
Cathy is the founder of an organisation called Engaging With Ageing. Cathy is motivated to help people get the most from later life, to feel positive about their lives and to continue to contribute to our society and the world. Cathy has worked with us on a few ventures but more recently is playing an active role in ‘The Ageing Journey’ project – a new development at TTTB working alongside the University of Sussex with the aim to change perceptions and the negative discourse about ageing, prepare people for ageing across the life-course (including for end of life) and prevent loneliness as we age. In addition, Cathy is also a volunteer befriender and supported our food outreach activities during the peak of the pandemic as a volunteer driver.
Dr Bea Gahagan
With 22 years of experience developing and running services for older people and over 12 years experience in developing collaborative research with older people capturing their lived experiences, Bea is a huge asset to the charity. Not only is Bea a chartered psychologist but she also has invaluable experience gained within her role in the learning and development team at Brighton and Hove Council. As a result Bea continues to add value to our work through the provision of staff and volunteer training and plays a key role developing bereavement and loss training, resources and workshops in partnership with our Anna Chaplaincy team.
Dr. Henglien Lisa Chen
Deputy Director of Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research at the University of Sussex - Lisa has worked with Time to Talk Befriending since 2015 on various projects including our 2021 research report Staying Together Recovering Together following the Covid-19 pandemic. Lisa has played an active role in our Members Panel which was founded in 2019 and continues to be a brilliant support to the Charity providing insight and expertise about the needs of older people. People : Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research : University of Sussex
Expertly designs all Time to Talk Befriending branding, resources, and materials - Ellen has been an invaluable asset since the foundation of the Charity including as a volunteer befriender. We are grateful for the way Ellen has developed our branding and materials which are shared widely locally and nationally. ELLEN STEWART DESIGN
Occupational Therapist, Trainer and Consultant specialising in support for people who are living with Dementia - Fran has delivered quality training for the staff team and was an integral member of the volunteer team during the Covid-19 pandemic providing telephone befriending for people who are living with dementia in the community. franhamilton.co.uk
Filmmaker and content producer specialising in helping charities tell their stories - We have had the privilege of working with Lydia for a number of years. Check out the videos section of our website to view Lydia’s recent work (Bob and Jordan’s Story & Helen, Tony and Barbara). https://www.lydiashellienwalker.com/
Managing Director of People at Work - Mo has been supporting the charity since 2019 by providing helpful HR advice, training and support. Mo has a heart for working with charities like ours and has proven to be extremely helpful during a time of transition since 2019 where our staff team has increased and the charity has literally doubled in size. people-at-work.co.uk
Paul Cooke & Ben Parsons
Founder of Design Kind - Paul is not only a volunteer befriender but over the years has provided design expertise enabling us to run creative campaigns to raise awareness about our work. More recently Paul and partner Ben Parsons designed our fabulous new website in partnership with Ellen Stewart who designed the refresh of our brand. Paul and Ben are both featured here! designkind.org
Founder of One Constant - Paul is also a veteran volunteer at the charity but over the years has also provided integral support facilitating end of year team debriefs and strategic Trustee meetings. Paul and his family have proven to be very helpful and active members of the team during our festive events such as Thinking of you at Christmas. More recently Paul has agreed to work with us to lead and facilitate group peer sessions with volunteers and scheme members. Paul R. Marley | LinkedIn
Psychotherapist and former Lead chaplain at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton - Peter provides integral training and support to the team and volunteers to better understand bereavement and loss which has always been a reality of our work with older people but especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Peter continues to add value to our work thanks to his expertise and willingness to collaborate.
A talented photographer- Victoria has provided her time and expertise over the years enabling us to benefit from high quality images which capture the heart of befriending. We are thankful to Victoria for her continued support. For an example of Victoria’s work you can view the first three images on our home page or visit her website victoriadawephotography.com
Since 2014 Wendy has worked with us to provide delicious home cooked meals for our scheme members at Christmas - In 2018 our Christmas outreach grew enabling us to provide traditional home cooked Christmas meals to 115 older people who were housebound and 74 attendees at a Christmas Day event held at Hove Park School. None of this would have been possible without Wendy and her team at Nourish Catering and Events. During the pandemic Wendy exceeded expectations again cooking over 3000 meals made from donations and food waste for older people connected to the Charity. This was in addition to the thousands of other people she fed across Brighton and Hove i.e. NHS and ambulance staff and people who are vulnerably housed. Amazing work Wendy – thank you!. Nourish-Catering-Events
Contributions for the following amounts will help us to create a sense of belonging for our scheme members through: