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Empowering Communities

Empowering communities is a community engagement programme run by Southwark Council.

Empowering communities is a community engagement programme run by Southwark Council.


The programme comprises of regular individual ward meetings held by councillors, and two multi-ward meetings per year. The aim of empowering communities is to make communicating local issues to the council easier for communities.

This is one of the best ways you can get directly involved in local democracy!

Spotlighting Healthy Food: Community Food championship program

Proudtobeme support and mentors young people planning to make a change in Community food habits and advertisement. In conjunction with UK youth and Biteback, we are helping young people create an awareness campaign that targets junk food advertising in Southwark council.

Inspire 2022-23 – youth-led social action and community events

Proudtobeme and UK Youth are collaborating to empower young people aged 11-25 to make positive community change through Inspire 2022-23. This flexible program of youth-led social action and community events across the UK will put young people in the driving seat, with a laser-sharp focus on the needs of the whole community.

12 Week FREE Start Up Business Programme | For disabled entrepreneurs – Starting on the 9 March

The Not Your Average Entrepreneur programme™️ Start Up Programme is an impactful and unique opportunity to empower Black/Brown budding entrepreneurs that identify as disabled, neurodiverse or with long-term health conditions that are interested in launching their businesses.

Be the Change, Take Action!

Be The Change, Take Action! Join us for a day of politics, press and pizza! This is a youth-led Social Action Day. We’re a group of youth activists aged 16-25 who want to share the toolkit we’ve developed to take action with other young people – there is power in numbers!

Hourglass (Safer Ageing)

Hourglass is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to calling time on the harm, abuse and neglect of older people.

Walworth Town Hall Community Space Board – Drop in Event at Walworth Library

Drop in event for local residents in Walworth and Elephant and Castle to come and learn about the plans for the Walworth Town Hall Community Space and to share their ideas on what they would like to come and do in the community space.

We Walworth Events

We Walworth is a new project to engage everyone in the neighbourhood about food and inequality, and find out how we can work together to make this a better place to live.

Empowering Communities Development Officer

The Empowering Communities Development Officer works with the local councillors and community to organise ward meetings. They also organise the multi-ward forum meetings for their area.

Community Champions

In each multi-ward forum, a Councillor will be a community champion and will chair these meetings, ensuring they operate effectively.

Area Multi-Ward Forums

Twice a year, the council hosts a multi-ward meeting for residents across several wards. These meetings are mainly for funding programmes information, process, and announcement of decisions.

Local Ward Meetings

Each ward meets with their councillors a few times per year to talk about issues affecting their neighbourhood