Lambeth Support

Community Southwark are now providing FREE capacity & capability building support for Lambeth based groups.

Community Southwark are delivering a two-year programme of practical support and advice for Lambeth-based voluntary and community organisations funded by The London Community Foundation (LCF) as part of the Lambeth Community Fund, beginning February 2017.

Under the theme, ‘Stronger Together’, LCF aim to strengthen and build the capacity of local organisations, increasing skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers in order to improve service delivery and increase sustainability. They also hope to encourage collaboration between the third, public and private sectors within the borough.

This programme  of support is provided by Community Southwark entirely free of charge and all voluntary and community organisations, including social enterprises, based in Lambeth are eligible to take part. The programme is particularly aimed at small community groups and those which are not yet formally established. This is a unique opportunity to gain expert support and advice to help with fundraising; business planning; marketing; financial management; and governance and leadership.

The programme of support includes:

Free 1:1 Support Surgeries:

One hour sessions, run once a month, during which you have the opportunity to meet a Development Officer, sign up for Community Southwark membership and talk through some of the issues you are encountering in your daily work and/or as a whole organisation. the first meeting will always include an organisational diagnostic to support action planning.

The 1:1 support is designed to promote the long term sustainability of your organisation, and we encourage board members with strategic responsibility to attend alongside staff members.  When you book we will ask what issues you wish to discuss and request that you send appropriate information prior to attending the meeting.

The 1:1 Support Surgery is free but booking is essential, as they fill up fast!  To book a slot, simply email or call 020 7358 7020

The next surgery dates are: 

  • Wednesday 6 December, FULLY BOOKED

  • Wednesday 17 January 2018

  • Wednesday 21 February 2018

  • Wednesday 21 March 2018

  • Wednesday 18 April 2018

  • Wednesday 16 May 2018

  • Wednesday 20 June 2018

  • Wednesday 18 July 2018

  • Wednesday 22 August 2018

  • Wednesday19 September 2018

  • Wednesday31 October 2018

  • Wednesday14 November 2018

  • Wednesday 12 December 2018

  • Wednesday 23 January 2019

  • Wednesday 13 February 2019

Free training:

We are delivering a range of day-long training sessions in the essentials of organisational development. The training below will be run twice a year:

  1.          Fundraising Made Easy: A comprehensive introduction to the income spectrum and fundraising including jargo, using the funders language, writing outcomes, planning your project and a mock grant funding application

  2.          Governance Made Easy:  An overview of good practice and legal requirements of governance inlcuding a look at all of the legal forms that make up the sector, tryustee roles and responsibilties, duties and liabilities, conflicts of interest and the Code of Good Governance

  3.          Finance Made Easy: The perfect course for anyone who feels unsure about financial management, covering all the basics from busgeting to future forecasting in a simple, pratcical way.

To book a place on the training simply click on this link, pick the session and fill in the Eventbrite form.

Lambeth groups are welcome to attend any training session put on by Community Southwark, as a member. So feel free to take a look at our full trainig programme delivered in Southwark.

Free Small Groups Network:

A quarterly network specifically for groups and organisations with less that £30k income. The meetings will be created for you and by you - we will be asking what you would like to talk about, what guest speakers or topics you would want to hear about etc. and we will arrange these evening networks to cover the topics you choose in venues across Lambeth.

Lambeth Newsletter:

A brief newsletter oppacked full of news, articles, trainig and funding opportunities relevant to Lambeth.

You can send in your news items to be added to it, so if you have an event coming up for example, send in a quick blurb and we will add it in.


To find out more about the programme, request support, or if you know of a group that would benefit from this free support, please email Deborah Hayman at or call them on 020 7358 7011.

To find out more about the London Community Foundation or the Lambeth Community Fund please email Donna Yay at or call 020 7582 5117.