Meet the team
I came over from France back in 1974 to ‘have a look’ at London and have some fun... and I stayed! Living in the UK has been extremely rewarding and provided me with a multitude of experiences and friends that have enriched my life. I have been involved in community work in South London for 35 years and I am particularly interested in developing ways to build sustainable and intergenerational communities in the neighbourhood. Rushey Green Time Bank plays a key part in this and is a successful model of community and wellbeing. In the last ten years it has grown tremendously and developed several dynamic projects that attract a variety of people and it gives them choice to be involved in all or parts of the time bank. It’s great to be part of a thriving movement and to lead on it in Lewisham.
Carola Von Deym
Voluntary & Community Sector Lead
Carola has recently joined the Lewisham Local team of Rushey Green Time Bank. She previously worked with Community Connections as Project Lead & Community Development Worker having started with that project as a volunteer in 2014. Prior to that, she worked as the Operations Manager for a nationwide charity. As Project Lead she played a key part in ensuring the project continues to deliver meaningful, sustainable work across the borough of Lewisham as well as still maintaining and developing individual relationships with community groups and organisations.
Carola will be working with local community groups and organisations focusing on asset-based development including establishing a local eco-system of sharing skills and resources. "I love the ethos of time banking which always pushes me to think outside the box and challenges me to develop, both personally and professionally."
Community Garden Coordinator
Maria loves being outside. She has been an organic food grower for over 25 years and enjoys being involved in community food projects. As a qualified social and therapeutic horticulturalist, she uses gardening and nature conservation to help people’s mental and physical health.
As well as being project coordinator for the Wild Cat Wilderness she also works on the Growing Health project at Sustain www.growinghealth.info.
Maria is passionate about good food and was previously Chief Exec of Slow Food UK and help set up a successful local, not for profit veg bag scheme is SE London called Local Greens.
Maria is at her happiest in the garden or kitchen.
Director, Lewisham Local
Sam joined the team in September 2016 to lead the development of a new giving scheme in Lewisham. With a broad background in the voluntary, private and public sectors, Sam has held roles in music performance and teaching, addiction recovery support, recruitment and local government. Sam cares about communities and local people supporting local needs. In his spare time you will find him playing music, different sports or occasionally volunteering with local projects where he lives.
Community Engagement Lead
Fay joined the team in January 2018. She has over 16 years experience working in the voluntary sector in Lewisham. Her role at Rushey Green Time Bank includes engaging with other local voluntary organisations, encouraging people to volunteer and promoting the Lewisham Local Card.
In her spare time you can find her up-cycling furniture, getting involved in arts and crafts and enjoying time with her cat (sometimes...).
Meet the Trustees
Roy Witter - Chair
Jonathan Prince - Vice Chair
Community Engagement Lead
Simone joined the team in July 2017 as the Community Projects Lead to coordinate and develop a programme of projects and activities for Rushey Green Time Bank including FoodCycle Lewisham, Bellingham Arts and Crafts and Timebanking with Macmillan.
Simone has over 10 years experience working in the voluntary and charity sector working with vulnerable groups including women experiencing homelessness, indigenous women in Guatemala, young and older people using a participative approach. She initially began working in Lewisham in 2015 and fell in love with the borough and its thriving community.
"Rushey Green Time Bank was just the organisation I was looking for, supporting people to become active members of society using an innovative community development approach."
I joined the Rushey Green Time Bank team as a Database volunteer in October 2018. I assisted the team with inputting hours and getting their system up-to-date after the changes in data protection. After nine months of volunteering I was offered a part time job working on the Lewisham Local initiative. I enjoy working in this diverse environment. Time Bank suits my interests.
I came from Sri Lanka and living in UK for the past five years. Since coming from accounting background in Sri Lanka, I like to work with numbers. I always wanted to do something for the community and improve my neighbourhood. Time Bank gives me that opportunity. My passions are visiting historical places and collecting stamps.
Community Development Worker, Community Connections
I joined Community Connections as a community development worker in July 2018 supporting community groups and organisations across Rushey Green, Central Lewisham, Lee Green and Black Health to sustain and assist them to thrive within the vibrant community of Lewisham. My role gives me the opportunity to work collaboratively with community groups both one-to-one and through my facilitation of quarterly networking meetings.
I have worked within the charity sector for over 15 years across London and the south east on employment, sports and a range of health & wellbeing projects with number disability organisations.
In my spare time, my passions are sport and all things music as drummer playing rock, jazz and soul music jamming with friends and hopefully the creation of potential band in making which really is fun.
Communications Support, Lewisham Local
I began working with the Lewisham Local team of Rushey Green Time Bank in March 2020, just as we assumed the role of partner in Lewisham’s Covid-19 Community Response Hub. Since then my role has involved getting any and every bit of Covid-19 related information onto our website, into our newsletters and broadcast from our social media while marvelling at just how impressive some of the innovations by Lewisham community groups, businesses and individuals have been!
I grew up in Lewisham before studying Spanish and Italian for my degree, during which I worked abroad in a community centre in Ecuador and for a digitising technology startup in Rome. I define my outlook as being pro-communities and pro-communication and I believe that the strongest solutions to large scale problems occur at a grassroots level.