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.
Lewisham Local Development Lead
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 Projects 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.
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."
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 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