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Case Studies

With our capacity building, impact, volunteer management and other types of support, we work closely with all types of charities and groups in Southwark. Below are some case studies which highlight the positive results and the type of support that we can give.

Also below are our Member Spotlights articles on the great work that our member charities are doing. Please fill in this *Spotlight* form if you would like to feature in an article on our website, ebulletins and social media platforms.

Bridgewatch – Making a difference and saving lives

Paul Maloney, Bridgewatch Coordinator, sheds light on the crucial mission of the organisation: preventing suicides on London's bridges.

May Volunteer Spotlight – Erica at Shakespeare’s Globe

On a morning Friday in April, I had a chance to hear Erica Westwood speak on call for twenty-five minutes about what has been a great story, where passion for theatre is now being celebrated through volunteering work at the Globe Theatre in Southwark.

Corporate Volunteering Spotlight: Katie Harvard Taylor

Community Southwark is supporting corporate employees to volunteer their professional skills for the benefit of voluntary and community groups across the borough.

November Volunteer Spotlight – Shahida at Home-Start Southwark

Every month, we're showcasing an inspirational volunteer story from a Southwark organisation. This month's is our second spotlight on Home-Start Southwark, with Shahida.

Success Story: Southwark Black Parents Forum

Southwark Black Parents Forum successfully deliver their heritage project.

A chat with Cedric for Trustees’ Week

Trustees' Week 2023 is upon us, and it's the perfect occasion to acknowledge and celebrate the incredible individuals who play a vital role in steering the success of charities and nonprofit organisations across Southwark. Our brilliant Community Southwark trustees, Cedric, breaks down what trustees do and answers some questions about what being a trustee means to him.

Success Story: Get Online Week with BREAKTHEBARRIER CIC

BREAKTHEBARRIER CIC and IFB Gaming unite to deliver 'Get Online Week' at the Brandon Estate.

Our membership and outreach support – Success Story

Our Membership and Outreach Officer, Gosia, has been with us for over ten months. Her work has been crucial in building strong links with our members and tying together all the teams’ work.  

It’s Refugee Week! A guest post from Therapeutic Playgroup

Find out more about how a member organisation, Theraputic Playgroup  (part of Windsor Walk CIC) are helping the mental health of refugee children and their families through play, as part of our celebration of Refugees Week.

Our March 2023 Member Spotlight is Hourglass (Safer Ageing)

Kyra Gonzales from Hourglass (Safer Ageing) tells us about how the charity supports older people on harm, abuse or exploitation.

Our Feb 2023 Member Spotlight is Parent Skills2Go

Margaret from Parent Skills2Go tells us how the charity supports the community by providing services and activities for parents and carers of young children and young people.

Four members talk about Community Southwark’s impact

Four members talk about the support that they have had from Community Southwark and the impact this has had on their charities.

Our Jan 2023 Member Spotlight Organisation is Step Out Mentoring

Phil White, Director of Step Out Mentoring, tells us about the vision of the charity to see young people supported at tough times and to connect communities.

Community Southwark: The difference we make

Two of our member charities tell us about the difference Community Southwark's support has made to them

Our Nov 2022 Member Spotlight Organisation is HABITS of London C.I.C

Helen tells us about the psychotherapeutic service which offers mindfulness-based programmes and integrative therapeutic treatments to combat mental and emotional health disorders.

Our Oct 2022 Member Spotlight Organisation is Oasis Hub Waterloo

Simon Butler tells us about the many support services run by Oasis Hub Waterloo, including: a foodbank and community fridge

Our Sept 2022 Member Spotlight is Glengall Wharf Garden!

Mariama tells us about this fantastic not for profit community organisation that cultivates food, learning and wellbeing through permaculture design and ethics.

Our August 2022 Member Spotlight is Creative Lives

Natanya tells us about their support, including free peer-support network for creative engagement in the Old Kent Road.

Our July 2022 Member Spotlight is Walworth Living Room!

Bianca Pezzotti, Walworth Living Room's Fundraising and Communications Officer, tells us about the activities the team are running and the new cafe which has opened.

Andrea Dementia is a Befriender Volunteer #2022VolunteersWeek!

"Andrea has been a wonderfully dedicated Link Age Southwark volunteer befriender to a lady who is living with dementia in Southwark..."

Tina is a Healthy Living & Learning Centre volunteer #2022VolunteersWeek!

"Since Tina came to us at the Healthy Living and Learning Centre, she has stood out as a both a bright bright light..."

Our June 2022 Member Spotlight is Rotherhithe Residents say #LetVimalStay

Eleanor Thorn and Diane Ferguson tell us about the group, "Highlighting Vimal's plight has brought the community together, something which was missing in the Rotherhithe area"

Our May 2022 Member Spotlight is The Empowerment Group

Kunlé Oyedeji, The Empowerment Group's CEO, tells us about their work supporting black people aged 18 and over facing mental health challenges.

Our March 2022 Member Spotlight Organisation is Blue Elephant Theatre!

Co-Artistic and Participation Director, Jo Sadler-Lovett, tells us about the invaluable work of Blue Elephant Theatre, "Our focus is on supporting the mental health and well-being of our community..."

Volunteers – The Felix Project

"Thanks to our incredible team of volunteers, The Felix Project has not only continued on it's fight against food waste and food poverty but we have grown!"

Carolina – Castle Canteen – Be Enriched Volunteer

"In 2020, I opted for remote volunteering opportunities because of the pandemic. I wanted something that would bring me back to what I knew but hadn’t done for a while. With my passion for cooking!"

Our December 2021 Member Spotlight Organisation is Spring Community Hub!

Felicia Boshorin tells us about the invaluable work of Spring Community Hub, "We make sure no one in Southwark goes hungry and work with people to help them escape food poverty..." - (Published 26 Nov 2021).

Our November 2021 Member Spotlight Organisation is Copleston Centre

Julia Honess talks about the invaluable support that they give to people with mental health needs, older people & children in Peckham, East Dulwich and Camberwell - (Published 26 Oct)

Our *October 2021 Member Spotlight Organisation* is Power2!

Charlotte Schofield tells us all about Power2 and their fantastic work supporting the local voluntary and community sector - (Published 27 Sept 2021).

Our *September 2021 Spotlight Organisation* is Reach Dem UK!

Yekoliah Amartsoo tells us all about the charity, the support that they give and how people can connect and get support from Reach Dem UK - (Published 31 August 2021)

Our August 2021 *Spotlight Organisation* is Elevated Minds!

Elevated Minds work with schools, alternative educational provisions, and various professionals to tackle the disproportionate levels of BME young people excluded from mainstream education

Our July 2021 *Spotlight Organisation* is LADPP!

Our July 2021 *Spotlight Organisation* is Latin American Disabled People's Project! - (Published 1 July 2021).

Tom Morgan Evans – Keib Thomas Active Citizen 2021

Tom Morgan-Evans was nominated for the Keib Thomas Active Citizen Award at our 2021 Southwark Stars for the fantastic work he's been doing with D'eynsford TMO over the past year.

Javell Grant – Younger Volunteer of the Year 2021

Javell has been volunteering his time and effort with Elevated Minds April 2019. Click to read what about his work and why he was nominated.

Gerry Smith – Older Volunteer of the Year 2021

"For many of our members Gerald was the only face to face human contact, as they stood at their front doors. His caring personality and never ending, listening ear, was much appreciated by all.  "

Queen Ekuerhare – Outstanding contribution to Health and Wellbeing 2021

"Queen brilliantly demonstrates the nimbleness of small grassroots charity volunteers who can adapt at times of crises and show outstanding leadershipto keep community spirit and service alive"

Southwark Multi-Faith Forum – Community Group of the Year 2021

Southwark Multi-Faith Forum was nominated for the Community Group of the Year Award at our 2021 Southwark Stars for their fantastic work in the community.Click to read more about their work.

David Omorogbe – Disabled Volunteer of the Year 2021

'Ray of sunshine' David Omorogbe of@bedehouse wins Disabled Volunteer of the Year 2021!Read his story here.

Christina – Edible Rotherhithe

Christina gives a huge amount back to Southwark’s community, improving the lives of younger and older people.

Zack – Young Volunteer of the Year 2020

The team at Surrey Docks Farm are proud to have him as part of their team and shared how he has enriched their organisation.

Carolyn – our Volunteering Advice Volunteer

Carolyn, a Volunteering Advice Volunteer, tells us about the skills she's developed and what difference volunteering has made to her.

Toby – Southwark Food Action Alliance Volunteer

Toby Bevan, a Communications Support volunteer with our SFAA team, tells us about the skills he's developed and what difference volunteering has made to him.

Patricia Kanneh-Fitzgerald

Patricia Kanneh-Fitzgerald - a Community Health Ambassador volunteer, tells us about the skills she's developed and what difference volunteering has made to her.

Caitriona O’Connor

Caitriona O'Connor - a Resource and Content Volunteer for our Volunteer team, shares her volunteer experience

Member Organisation Spotlight Form

Do you want to feature in a * Member Organisation Spotlight*? Then tell us all about your organisation here. We will share this on our website, in our ebulletins and on our social media platforms.

Kathleen Heather: Founder of Love North Southwark

Kathleen Heather, Founder of Love North Southwark, talks about her volunteering experience and the influence of a strong women in her life, her mum #InternationalWomensDay.

Russ from Unity Works shares the benefits of Community Southwark’s support

#OurImpact: ''Unity Works partners with organisations like Community Southwark because they are a major source of exciting and innovative opportunities in the Borough'' - (published 25 Feb 2021)

Franco is a Team100 Burgess Sports volunteer

Franco has helped Team100 in their incredible efforts to transform lives, in an area and in a time where obesity and inactivity are prominent issues.

The benefits of volunteering! – Spotlight on Link Age Southwark

We the created this film to help highlight the fantastic work of Link Age Southwark and the importance of their volunteers.

Depaul charity: Homelessness has no place

Ann talks about volunteering with Depaul in this short film, along with Satu, Depaul's Volunteer Coordinator, who talks about the fantastic work of the charity.

The benefits of volunteering! – Shakespeare’s Globe

Hear three volunteers, Terry, Jean and David, talk about their volunteering experience along with Rosie, Shakespeare's Globe's Volunteer Manager, in this short film.

Volunteer organisation of the Month: Central Southwark Community Hub

Central Southwark Community Hub have managed a Foodbank for seven years and been involved in many other community projects.

Volunteer organisation of the month – Time and Talents

Time & Talents is a charity based in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey dedicated to creating a place where everyone feels part of a community.

Volunteer organisation of the month – Team 100 Burgess Park

Team100 Burges Park provides local people with the support to take control of their community to get more young people healthy and active.

Sophie’s volunteer story

Sophie* visited our Volunteering Advice Service in October 2017 and applied to become a ward befriender on a mental health ward.

Sarah’s volunteer story

Sarah had a Volunteer Advice appointment with Community Southwark in November 2017 and gained some useful guidance to help with the start of her volunteer journey.

Bede House and Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation

...share the benefit of Community Southwark's support

Member Spotlight: Black Heroes Foundation

Black Heroes Foundation's aim is to eradicate ignorance of Black Heritage to encourage better understanding and further enhance our multi-cultural society.