COMMUNITY NEWS & JOBS

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Cambridge House is Hiring

Cambridge House have several vacancies for motivated people who are willing to go the extra mile to create a more just society.

Time & Talents are recruiting

Job vacancy: Community Activities Facilitator – Older Adults. Are you an experienced, creative, and highly organised groups facilitator?

CASP are recruiting

Camberwell After School Project (CASP) are recruiting for posts in their management team

Healthwatch Southwark Community Health Event

Join Healthwatch Southwark at Community Health Event on 21st July 2022 to find out about health and social care services in the borough

Church Action on Poverty vacancy: Speaking Truth to Power Development Coordinator

Do you share the vision of a UK in which everyone can live a full life, free from poverty? Do you want to work as part of a team bringing about meaningful change? The Speaking Truth to Power Development Coordinator role could be for you

King’s Civic Challenge Funding Secured!

Eight projects co-created with partners from King's College London's home boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Westminster have won funding to deliver positive change in King’s local communities

Unicorn Theatre Stage Door Administrator vacancy

The Unicorn is looking for an efficient and responsible administrator to oversee the general management of the Unicorn

Fundraising and Development Vacancies at Cambridge House

Cambridge House has Fundraising and Development Officer and Development Assistant vacancies

‘Community Catalysts’ Marketing Guide for Enterprises

Community Catalysts have launched a new marketing guide for people who are running small enterprises offering care or support to others (community enterprises)

The Bridge ‘life project’

The 'life project' is a free 12-week project including a variety of activities such as movement workshops, woodland walks, creative workshops, women’s health talks and wellbeing workshops

Unicorn Theatre are looking for a Marketing Manager

Unicorn Theatre are looking for a skilled and confident Marketing Manager to lead on the planning and delivery of marketing and digital campaigns at the Unicorn

Unicorn Theatre Senior Producer vacancy

Unicorn Theatre are looking for an experienced and collaborative Senior Producer to structure and deliver all aspects of the Unicorn’s artistic programme

Copleston Centre Manager role

Copleston Centre are looking for a Centre Manager with energy, enthusiasm and experience to respond creatively to the increasing demands on their services and facilities.

Community Fundraising and Events Coordinator at Link Age Southwark

Link Age Southwark are recruiting a Community Fundraising and Events Coordinator. Published 01/05/22

Russia’s war against Ukraine

What can you do to support Ukraine & Ukrainians? There are a number of ways that you can support and show solidarity to the Ukrainian people.

Link Age Southwark Fundraising and Events Intern

Join Link Age Southwark as a Fundraising and Events intern

The Empowerment Group Therapy Sessions for Black Individuals

The Empowerment Group supports Black people aged 18 and over in the UK facing mental health challenges

DePaul Spare Room Volunteers Needed

DePaul is a youth homelessness charity that have been operating for more than 30 years working alongside young people facing homelessness. They are looking for volunteer hosts with spare rooms

Peckham Platform Youth Board Member

Are you aged 18-25 and would love to join a creative educational charity as a Youth Board Member? Find out more here

The Next Steps Project

Do you want support and guidance to get the right job?

Free Mental Health Awareness and First Aid Training

Series of free training events from the British Safety Council - a choice of virtual and in person sessions, for both a 2 day qualification course and a half day introduction.

Peer Power Youth are recruiting

Peer Power Youth are recruiting a number of roles across London and South East.

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.

Southwark Park Cricket Club Introductory Programmes

Southwark Park Cricket Club is a community club run by and for local people, with the mission to bring cricket back to the historic Southwark Park Oval.

Employment & Discrimination Caseworker

The Employment and Discrimination Caseworker is responsible for the provision of high quality advice and assistance to users of the Law Centre in Cambridge House.

Royal London Changemakers Programme

Applications are now open for a free two year training programme, supporting social entrepeneurs working in financial resilience or the environment

Recycle your old tech with Community Tech Aid

Help end digital exclusion in Southwark and Lambeth by donating your old tech - computers and phones - to Community Tech Aid.

Black History Month (BHM) 2022

Coming Soon: Black History Month (BHM) 2022 Southwark council grants programme. Published 29/03/22

Depaul Charity offering fully funded family mediation for young people and their families.

Depaul is a youth homelessness charity offering fully funded family mediation for young people and their families. Published 29/03/22

An Easter of Food and Fun!

This year's Easter activity programme for children and young people runs from 4th April to 14th April 2022.

The Autism Project is recruiting

The Autism Project is currently recruiting for September 2022

Free bouldering/indoor-wall climbing in Bermondsey

Ever wanted to try bouldering/indoor-wall climbing? It is an exciting and fun way to stay fit: it is challenging, both physically and mentally

Do you want to support mental health and wellbeing in your community?

Are you passionate about making counselling accessible and affordable for all Londoners?

FREE Consultancy for Charities for a limited time only

Pro Bono consultancy services to introduce or manage a change, negotiate a dilemma or address a practical problem

SISPAN – Empowerment Fund

New grant opportunity supporting D/deaf and disabled individuals - or a coach or volunteer supporting a disability inclusive club or session.

Bring the community together by sharing FREE spaces!

If you have an unused outdoor space, a meeting room or even a coffee area please share with local community groups to help Southwark residents feel connected!

Southwark Council VCS Grants Review

Southwark Council has conducted a review of grants it is making to the local VCS.

Safeguarding Training – New Dates for 2022

Southwark Council, via the My Learning Source platform, offers free adult and child safeguarding training for VCS groups, and they have just announced their programme of courses for the year ahead.

Healthwatch Southwark is recruiting for a Community Health Ambassadors Officer

Are you committed to supporting local residents? Apply to be our Community Health Ambassadors Officer!

Southwark’s Sustainable Food Summit: 22 March 2022

Southwark Food Action Alliance's Sustainable Food Summit was held this week, bringing members of the alliance together to work towards a sustainable food system status in the borough!

Clinical and Care Leadership Team is recruiting!

Could you be the next new member of Partnership Southwark's Clinical and Care Leadership Team?

Lettings and Premises Strategy for the VCS

Find out more about the recommendations concerning access to Southwark Council's premises by the local VCS, agreed by the cabinet on 2nd February 2022

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..."

Free support surgeries from Locality

Locality (a network of community organisations) is offering free one to one ‘bite sized’ sessions, or small group workshops, to help improve your community organisation.

Fresh to the Sector – free training for new charity employees

Fundraising Everywhere - a training and events platform - are offering people new to the sector a package of free fundraising training, coaching and networking

Planning Aid for London – planning support to communities

Planning Aid for London (PAL) provides free support on town planning and development. PAL work with people and communities in London who cannot afford professional support. Published 20/02/22

Champions for Children Match Funding and Capacity Building

The Childhood Trust are providing charities with match funding and capacity building support, helping them run a successful online fundraising campaign for projects working with under 18s in London

Get FREE support from MI Skills in Health & Social Care!

MI Skills is an established training provider based in Brixton and funded by the ESFA and ESF to deliver training to the community.

LGBT+ History Month 2022 is here!

LGBT+ History Month is for everyone, find out how you can get involved and about the launch of Parapride's Our Stories digital project, including their first testimonial video of a member who identifies as disabled and LGBTQ+...

It’s Equality Week 2022

Race Equality Week is an annual UK-wide movement trying to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace. This year’s theme is #ActionNotJustWords

Southwark Community Support Alliance Feb 2022 Update

Learn more about the Walworth Neighbourhood Delivery Model supported by the Partnership for People and Places programme.

We have recruited our new Chief Executive!

We are pleased to announce that our new Chief Executive Officer Anood Al-Samerai will be starting in June 2022.

Large office in Peckham Levels available now!

New opportunity to move into a large office in Peckham’s creative hub, Peckham Levels. Available now!

Join Healthwatch Southwark’s feedback sessions this week!

On the 9 and 10 February, Healthwatch Southwark are returning to in person presence in our neighbourhood! With two signposting and Feedback sessions.

Southwark Social – Monthly meet-up for LGBTQ+ people over 50

Opening Doors have partnered with Southwark Council and Age UK Lewisham & Southwark to provide this monthly meet-up for LGBTQ+ people over 50. Published 30/01/22

Where would you like to see ‘edible trees’ in Southwark?

Southwark council have a new initiative to plant ‘edible trees’, i.e. suitable fruit and nut trees in public areas and want your suggestions! - (Published 26 Jan 2022).

Become a Community Southwark Trustee

We currently have 3 vacancies on our Board of Trustees and encourage volunteers, staff and trustees of our member organisations to apply.

Campaign to Save The Beehive Pub

Walworth residents have expressed overwhelming objection to an application to turn a popular pub into a two-bedroom residential area.

Trustee roles with Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is looking for new Trustees - (Published 21 Jan 2022).

Applications now open for ‘One Southwark’: A pioneering new programme for young people to access bespoke support for up to 2 years!

One Southwark is a pioneering programme, driven by a Coalition of businesses, residents, charities and funders. They will be supporting cohorts of young people from Southwark who are ready to move forward, for a minimum of two years.

Southwark Digital Directory of Services

Southwark Council have started a project to work alongside health and third sector partners to look at the potential next steps in creating a single digital directory of all services across Southwark - (Published 20 Dec 2021).

Southwark News has covered our latest CAN event

Social activists and local Southwark groups met on Monday, December 6 2021 to celebrate the incredible things that can be achieved through social action.

Afghanistan Appeal: Help in Southwark needed!

The Afghan refugees in the bridging hotels in Southwark still need your help.

Understanding Southwark during COVID-19 Reports

Learn more about findings from a detailed study conducted with local residents during the covid-19 pandemic by researchers from Social Life (Published 6 January 2022)

Please all help to get Southwark Vaccinated

Southwark Council are asking for us all to help in getting the word out to residents that they should come forward to be vaccinated; as well as the message that we all need to be cautious - (Published 21 Dec 21)

Catch22 FREE Digital Employability Programs

Catch22 offer free pre-employability programmes, aimed to allow people to upskill themselves and secure sustainable employability - they are looking for referrals - (Published 21 Sept 2021).

South East London ICS webinars for the VCS

Book your attendance now to learn more about the South East London Integrated Care System (ICS) and how local VCS can get involved.

A hello & update from Shaida, our Community Grants Officer

Shaida Kwapong is our Community Grants Officer, commissioned by the Impact on Urban Health to manage the Catalyst Grant Project - (Published 20 Dec 2021).

Our 2021 AGM Report

We held our 2021 AGM on the 30 November, here's our AGM Report - (Published 20 Dec 2021)

Southwark Council – NEW CEO Recruitment – VCS Panel

We are delighted to confirm that a VCS Panel has been formed to interview candidates for the post of the new Southwark Council Chief Executive Officer - (Published 22 Dec 2021)

South East London Suicide Bereavement Service

The South East London Suicide Bereavement Service is providing support for people who have recently lost someone to suicide across the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark - (Published 15 Dec 21).

Partnership Opportunity: Youth Futures Foundation Connected Futures Fund

Southwark Council is seeking one or more experienced community-based organisations (e.g. charity, social enterprise, social purpose organisation) to help shape an application to theYouth Futures Foundation Connected Futures Fund and act as a lead organisation during Phase 1. Please respond by 9AM on Wedn, 22nd Dec 2022.

Southwark VCS asks of local parties ahead of 2022 local elections

We've invited local parties to respond to our VCS asks at the Southwark Voice meeting on 2nd March 2022 - (Published 21 Dec 2021)

Your Events and Support this Christmas 2021

Are you running any events and activities that provide support for the voluntary and community sector this Christmas? If so let us know here - (Published 3 Dec 2021).

Support local charities this Christmas! #ConnectedAtChristmas

Would you like to support a local charity this Christmas? It will mean they can reach out to more people in need, at what can be a lonely and difficult time of year - (Published 1 Dec 21)

Collaboration leads to 70K boost to address health inequalities

£70, 000 boost for Black and Minority Ethnic community groups to pioneer projects addressing Health Inequalities - (Published 30 Nov 2021),

Christmas volunteering opportunities

We want to say a huge thank you to all those who have volunteered in 2021. Plus, tell you about some excellent volunteering opportunities that we are currently recruiting for and that local groups are offering - (Published 29 Nov).

Shout out for a community space!

OCA Community Kitchen needs a hall or warehouse space for two weeks to run a pre-Christmas food donation and distribution centre - can you help? - (Published 29 Nov 2021)

Cash First leaflet for Southwark: ‘Worrying about Money’

We are delighted to announce the arrival of a free leaflet to help Southwark residents who may be struggling with money - (Published 30 Nov 2021).

Get free and tailored 1-to-1 mentoring with Google

Google is here to help and support your digital needs.

A hello & update from Bron, Our Southwark Food Action Alliance Officer (SFAA)!

"SFAA's mission is to increase food security in Southwark. We want every resident to have ready access to healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food of their choosing..." - (Published 27 Nov).

The Creation of South East London ICS

Latest news about the South East London Integrated Care System (ICS) which will be established on 1st April 2022 - (Published 30 Nov 21).

Southwark Community Support Alliance Nov 21 update

Find out about all the recent developments at the Southwark Community Support Alliance here - (Published 26 Nov 2021).

Our December 21 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).

Peckham Levels are offering free event spaces to organisations in Southwark!

If you would like to informally discuss your event and receive advice, please get in touch and we can look at how Peckham Levels can support you: myles@makeshift.org.

Join our list of charities to get support this Christmas! #ConnectAtChristmas

#ConnectAtChristmas campaign!As part of this year's #ConnectAtChristmas campaign, we are setting up a list of organisations who the public can support by donating directly to them. Join it here! - (Published 23 Nov 2021)

Southwark Safeguarding leaders’ tick box win drives change at Southwark Adult Social Care

Community Southwark’s Safeguarding Leaders Network and the Consortium of Older People's Services in Southwark (COPSINS) come together create change in Adult Social Care’s referral processes - (Published 16 Nov 2021).

AVOCADO+ Accelerator Programme – Applications Open

This accelerator training programme aims to improve the operational efficiencies and funding sustainability of user/needs-led organisations - (Published 9 Nov 2021).

Spin to win donations for community groups

Spin to win donations for your community group this Winter - (Published 9 Nov)

Our NEW Supporting Active Communities Volunteer Strategy for Southwark 2021- 2024 is HERE!

FINALLY, Community Southwark and Southwark Council’s new strategy for 2021 to 2024 is out!

Chris & Katy thank you for your support!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported Chris and Katy in their amazing London Marathon runs.

Safeguarding Awareness Week 2021: 15-19 Nov

The Southwark Safeguarding Adults Board are excited to share information on this year’s annual Safeguarding Awareness Week

VCS Issues in Accessing Council Premises

We have created a report on the issues that the VCS faces in accessing council premises - (Published 27 Oct 2021).

A hello from Staś our Social Prescribing Officer

Staś, our Social Prescribing Officer, talks about his role and how important social prescribing will be as we recover from the pandemic - (Published 27 Oct 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)

Climate Change is Happening – help by volunteering!

There are lots of projects working hard to help support the local environment across the borough and they need your support - (Published 26 Nov)

Have you had a baby in the past 2 years? Have you struggled with your weight?

A team at Queen's University Belfast wants to help new mums maintain a healthy weight by using text messages.

Afghan refugees need your help!

Please help us provide the vital support that Afghan refugees need during this difficult transition phase, there are many things YOU can do! - (Published 14 Oct 2021)

Be a local Change Maker

The King’s Civic Challenge teams up students, staff and local communities to co-create imaginative solutions to local challenges - (Published 8 Oct 2021)

Inclusive Yoga for Southwark Girls

Thursdays from 4.45 – 5.45 PM at The Lodge, SE16 2UB for girls aged 16 – 25 years old. All disabilities and abilities are welcome.

Free English Language Skills for Speakers of other Languages

Learn and Improve:Speaking and listening,Reading and writing,Volunteering opportunities &Employability support.

It’s Black History Month 2021

"Black History Month is all about celebrating the past, present and future of African and Caribbean culture and diversity" - (Published 5 Oct 2021)

FREE Piloting Guide for Schools and teachers

For IARS, working alongside teachers is essential in producing a successful and engaging training. If you think you would like to be a part of changing your school culture and ultimately, your students' lives for the better, then you are who they are looking for!

Southwark Emergency Support Scheme (SESS) update

Southwark Emergency Support Scheme (SESS) is still accepting applications from Southwark residents as social restrictions are lifting - (Published 28 Sept 2021).

A goodbye from Deborah

"After 11 years at Community Southwark, the time has come for me to say goodbye..." - (Published 27 Sept 2021).

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).

Hello from Bridie, our VCS Engagement Officer (Covid-19)

Bridie shares why she does what she does, "I am driven by supporting social justice and an equality of opportunity." - (published 24 Sept 2021).

Could you Foster a Child for Southwark?

If you enjoy looking after children and could find the time and space to welcome a child into your home and family please consider fostering for Southwark - (published)

Pempeople’s Nicholas Okwulu nominated for Southwark award!

Peckham based PemPeople's, founder & Director Nicholas Okwulu, has made it to the nomination finals of the 'Lockdown Hero' for Southwark Chambers Commerce Business Resilience Awards - (Published 24 Sept 2021).

Collaborative leadership in voluntary organisations – Training

This course will help you to reflect on and develop collaborative leadership practices that will make a difference.

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)

12 Asks: Community Engagement campaign

Southwark's black and minority ethnic community organisations challenge Southwark Council...with 12 asks for better community engagement - 'WE ARE NOT GOING BACK TO NORMAL" - (Published 31 Aug 2021 | updated 11 Oct 2021).

Do you have a spare room and the skills to help a young person leaving care?

Barnardo’s are currently looking for people living in and around Southwark to offer a room and support to a young person leaving care, to help them develop the skills they need to live independently.

A hello from Anita, our Policy and Partnerships Officer

Anita, our Policy and Partnerships Officer at Community Southwark, tells us a bit about herself and her role - (Published 26 August 2021).

Piano for donation

Does your charity or community group need a FREE piano? - (Published 20/08/2021).

Free, drop-in Family Studio Sessions at Drawing Room Gallery

The Drawing Room Gallery are running some creative Family Studio Sessions - (Published 9 August 2021).

New Zoom app lets UK charities fundraise within the platform

The video meeting platform Zoom has added a donation function to its platform for all registered UK charities.

Over 18? Don’t miss your vaccine

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine means we can return to our ‘old normal’ as quickly as possible - from going on holiday to getting back on the dancefloor...

FREE safeguarding children & adults at risk e-learning module

This multi-agency e-learning module is free for all Southwark-based VCS organisations

A hello from Alice, our Research & Intelligence Officer

Alice, our Research & Intelligence Officer at Healthwatch Southwark, tells us a bit about herself and her role - (Published 28 July 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

Register your organisations interest for ‘Make Your Mark’: free impact and evaluation support

Make your mark enables organisations to better understand the impact they are achieving and articulate that impact to others! - (Published 26 July 2021).

Southwark Park Vision and Framework – Read the Report

The council commissioned Community Southwark to co-ordinate the consultation activities and gather resident feedback on what changes they would like to see in Southwark Park - (Published 8 July 2021).

Young Artists Club – free, 12-month course for young creatives

It will run every other Saturday from 2-5pm, starting Saturday 17th July 2021, and be led by F.A.T. Studio co-director, art teacher and painter Kate Ducker.

Our July *Spotlight Organisation* is LADPP!

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

The Southwark Civic Awards 2021

Get your nominations in for the Southwark Civic Awards by Fri 16 July - (Published 1 July 2021).

Healthwatch Southwark’s Annual Report 2020/21

Healthwatch Southwark's Annual Report 2020/21 details their work over the year, take a look at it here - (Published 1 July 2021).

Our July 2021 *Spotlight Organisation* is LADPP!

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

Vice-Chair of Community Southwark awarded CBE

The Vice-Chair of Community Southwark, Karin Woodley, has been awarded a CBE - (Published 30 June 2021).

Annual Membership Survey Action Plan

Here's our Annual Membership Survey Action Plan 2020-2021 - (Published 1 July 2021).

COVID-19 vaccination walk-ins and pop-up clinics

Please help promote the many COVID-19 vaccination walk-ins and pop-up clinics  available to residents in south east London - (Published 29 June)

🌟 Southwark Stars 2021 – Thank you!! 🌟

We held our Annual Southwark Stars online on 24th June, celebrating amazing people, community groups that make ⁦Southwark⁩ the wonderful place it is! Check out the winners stories, videos and acceptance speeches here. (Published: 25th June 2021)

What do you think about the Community Equipment Service?

Community Equipment Service user questionnaire. Have your say here - (Published 24 June 2021).

You Called and We Came … 22 June Celebrating Windrush Day!

Windrush day is here, a celebration marks the first arrival of 500 people from the West Indies in 1948 on the ship Windrush Empire at Tilbury Docks - (Published 22 June 2021).

It’s Day 5 of Small Charity Week: #BigImpactDay

Simple Tips, Big Impact! #BigImpactDay - (Published 18 June 2021)

It’s Day 4 of Small Charity Week 2021! #FundraisingDay

MISTAKES ARE THE ANSWER TO GRANT FUNDING SUCCESS! #FundraisingDay - (Published 17 June 2021).

It’s Day 3 of Small Charity Week 2021! #PolicyDay

It's Day 3 of Small Charity Week 2021! #PolicyDay - (Published 16 June 2021).

Become a Trustee of MyTime Active

MyTime Active are looking for a number of trustees with varied skill sets - published 15 June 2021.

It’s Day 2 of Small Charity Week: #BigAdviceDay

Big Advice Day: Take time to reflect – why reflection is a necessity, not a luxury - Published 15 June 2021.

Digital Inclusion – putting Southwark activity on the map

Mapping Digital Inclusion community activity in London

It’s Day 1 of Small Charity Week 2021!

Small Charity Week 2021 kicks off  today with I ♥ Small Charities Day today, Mon 14 June. It's a time to say thank you to all our amazing Southwark small charities.

CALL OUT for Black Asian and minority ethnic organisations to speak out about barriers to grant funding!

We are working with Equinox Consulting, an independent Black Asian and minority ethnic organisation, to review current practices and make recommendations - (published 8 June 2021)

Thank you Volunteers! #VolunteersWeek

We want to say a final THANK YOU to all the amazing volunteers in Southwark - we appreciate all that you do! Recap the week with us... (Published: 7/6/2021)

Upskill your workforce with a fully funded* NCFE Level 2 in Information, Advice or Guidance

New Challenge are opportunity, to support the professional development of your colleagues through the NCFE Level 2 in Information, Advice or Guidance.(Published: 5/6/2021)

#Environment&ConservationDay – Volunteers’ Week Day 5

To coincide with World Environment Day, today we are focusing on all the environmental volunteering that takes place every day! (Published 5 June 2021).

Support for you & organisations – Volunteers Week Day 4

Hear from the volunteers themselves & see support available to organisations to enhance their volunteering programmes! (Published: 04/06/21)

Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Launch of Cool Spaces Phase 2

Phase 2 will run from 1st June 2021, for outdoor cool spaces and 21st June 2021 for indoor cool spaces, until 15 September 2021, the period when Public Health England and the NHS Heatwave Plan is in operation. (Published: 4/6/21)

#EmployerSupported&skilledVolunteeringDay: Volunteers’ Week Day 3

Today is #EmployerSupported&skilledVolunteeringDay, Volunteers' Week Day 3 - (Published 3 June 2021).

#PowerOfYouthDay – Volunteers Week Day 2

It’s day two of volunteers week, and we celebrating the contributions children and young people make to society through volunteering and social action! See stories and more info. (Published 02/06/21)

#ATimetoSayThanks – Volunteers’ Week Day 1

Volunteers’ Week 2021 kicks off today, 1 June 2021, with Day 1: #ATimetoSayThanks! - (Published 1 June 2021).

2020-2021 Annual Membership Survey Findings

116 Community Southwark members took our annual survey; we have collated these findings into a report to share - Published 28 May 2021.

We want to know how you are re-opening, tell us in our snap survey!

3 minute survey of how organisations are opening up in Southwark. (Published: 27/05/21)

Steps to Recovery are providing free consultancy support to charities

Steps to Recovery are providing free consultancy support to charitable organisations and mentoring for their social action leaders - (Published 26 May).

One year on – A message from Karima, Chair of R.E.A.C.H

Karima, Chair of our R.E.A.C.H Alliance reflects on the one year anniversary of the tragic murder of George Floyd, the impact it has had for her and the work being done with the Alliance.

Share your thoughts or experiences of the COVID-19 vaccine

Share your thoughts or experiences of the COVID-19 vaccine with our Health watch Southwark team - (Published 25 May 2021)

Council “GRANTS” investigation into funding of Black, Asian and minority ethnic Community Organisations

Southwark Council is investigating whether or not Black, Asian and minority ethnic community organisations are facing structural barriers when trying to access funding - (Published 14 May 2021).

Community Southwark is celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week! (10 – 17 May)

Our lovely CS Staff will sharing little snippets into their safe spaces, and how they have been using nature to support their mental wellbeing during the lockdown period.

Dementia Action Week is running 17-23rd May

Dementia Action Week's aim is to raise awareness around dementia and support those affected by dementia in the borough - (Published 7 May 2021).

Next Steps Newsletter

The Next Steps April newsletter is now available to download and is packed full of opportunities that may benefit the young people you or your partners work with.(Published 5/05/2021)

SpaceHive Fundraising Campaigns for Southwark

There are two current Southwark campaigns, which received a pledge from the Mayor of London. They have until the 11th of May to reach their targets.

Easing Pressures Report

Impact on Urban Health have launched their new report: Easing pressures: How work, money and homes can make our cities healthier and fairer. (Published 29/04/2021)

Elevated Minds #GoodNewsStory

Doreen, a member of our REACH Alliance Network and Director & CEO at Elevated Minds, shares some feedback from a session led by Elevated Minds young people - (published 29 April).

Southwark projects secure funding in King’s Civic Challenge

Southwark projects have secured funding in King’s Civic Challenge - (Published 28 April 2021)

Census in Southwark 2021: Support is still available Getting support

Not sure what you need to do? Read this article to learn more about how you can complete the Census - (published 2 Feb/ updated 21 April 2021)

Age UK are looking for an external evaluator to review their pilot scheme

Due to the evolving scope of the project and the challenges it faced as a result of COVID-19, there will be a focus on qualitative rather than quantitative data.(Published: 21 April 21)

Keeping Connections Strong even in the Midst of a Pandemic

Community Blogger Jennifer Rixon has written exclusively for Community Southwark on the importance of social connections - (published 20/04/2021).

THIS IS PECKHAM: Artists wanted for two external murals

Peckham Levels are looking to commission two external murals to welcome visitors back in May 2021. Deadline 3rd May.(Published 16th April 2021)

London Councils Pan-London Grants Programme is open

London Councils is developing a new four-year programme that will focus on combatting homelessness and tackling domestic and sexual abuse - Deadline 25 June.

Love North Southwark have a message for you!

It's been a busy few weeks for Love North Southwark as we settle into our new home in Cherry Garden Hall.

Southwark shortlisted for Changing Futures Programme: Your wisdom is needed!!

Southwark is a shortlisted area for the Changing Futures Programme and Southwark Council would would love to hear from you so that you can be involved in the developing this local delivery plan - (published 30 March).

Role of the VCS in providing information on vaccination

We want to thank the VCS for their support to Southwark’s vaccination programme and share some highlights with you - (published 29 March).

The Health Inequalities Framework

The Health Inequalities Framework was approved by Southwark Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board in September 2020, Public Health Southwark is seeking your views on action plans for the five priorities - (published 25 March 2021/ updated: 30 March 2021).

We’re one year on and what have we learned?

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the first lockdown announcement, a day of reflection and remembrance for all of us - (published 24 March).

High Streets for All Challenge. Are you interested in a local Southwark partnership?

Invitation to local partnerships to bring forward and co-design innovative high street recovery strategies and proposals - (published 25 March).

Join online discussions around vaccine hesitancy

ZPB ASSOCIATES really want to make covid vaccination safe and trusted for everyone living in South East London - (Published 24 March).

London’s Poverty Profile – Check out stats for Southwark

Trust for London have published London’s Poverty Profile, which provides evidence on and insight into poverty and inequality in London - (published 19 March).

Community Ownership Fund

Community Ownership Fund will open in June, look out for it! It will help community groups buy or take over local community assets at risk of being lost - (published 12 March).

Social Entrepreneurs Programme

This programme has helped more than 2,000 people to start up, build and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations - (published 11 March).

Statisticians for Society: FREE support

A pro-bono scheme is for charities and third sector organisations who will receive free support from statistical volunteers, who will help to collect, analyse and present data.

International Women’s Day! (8 March)

International Women’s Day is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women across the globe, as well as raise awareness and rally for equality - (published 8 March)

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)

BBC London news interviews two of our Community Health Ambassadors

We are very proud to share that two of our Health Ambassadors, Carole and Saidat, were featured on BBC London news (published 22 Feb).

Night Flight Consultation

Have your say in whether night flights should continue.

Support for LGBTQ+ People

If you are a LGBTQ+ person in need of support then have a look at some of the organisations offering help in Southwark - (published 18 Feb).

Wellness In Covid report

Creative Treaty have launched, 'Wellness In Covid', a report on the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on physical, mental and emotional wellness.

Apply to work at the Mayoral elections

Southwark Council are recruiting for Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks to work at the Mayoral elections scheduled for May 2021.

Free supplies for your charity and beneficiaries

Giving World offer FREE supplies for charities and beneficiaries.

Call for evidence: inquiry into racial inequality of workers in health and social care

The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to understand the experiences of ethnic minority people working on the frontline in lower-paid roles.

Covid Vaccination for frontline VCS staff and volunteers

Frontline VCS staff and volunteers in Southwark who currently work directly with people in need can now requests to be vaccinated with any unused vaccines - (published 10 Feb).

Covid-19 vaccines for London Homelessness Care and Support workers and volunteers

Covid-19 vaccines for London Homelessness Care and Support workers and volunteers.

Covid-19 vaccination films available in different languages

The NHS has produced Covid-19 vaccination films in different languages to encourage and promote the uptake of Covid-19 vaccination across Black Asian and minority ethnic communities and different faith groups.

Melodies for Mums: Post natal depression study

Melodies for Mums is a six-week on line singing programme that will research the impact of singing on the mental health of new mothers

Let’s not go back to normal! – Our stance for Race Equality Week 2021

As a sector, are we really doing enough in our workplaces to address antiracism and allyship? I know we are not – or shall I re-phrase that, we have not been doing enough - (published 5 Feb)

Online Peer Support Group for Prisoners Families

Corona Kids CIC are delivering a Welfare Telephone Support Service to London Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Prisoner Families.

Southwark Volunteer Strategy, we need you!

Community Southwark and Southwark council are collaborating to create a brand new Southwark Volunteer Strategy, and we need your input - (published 1 March).

FREE technology support from a friendly volunteer

AbilityNet’s FREE support can help people use new and existing devices, this includes laptops, tablets, smartphones and desktop computers of all types.

New projects coming to Southwark

Find out where the funds raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy are going to be spent.

Laptops for Learning – Southwark Campaign Launched

London South Teaching School Alliance has launched the Laptops for Learning campaign. Find out more or donate...

It’s Race Equality Week

Race Equality Week will be a UK-wide annual initiative to unite organisations and individuals in activity to address issues affecting ethnic minority employees.

CONSULTATION – London Councils Pan-London Grants Programme for 2022-2026

London Councils is consulting on a new four-year pan-London Grants programme that will start in April 2022.

Help Protect Southwark’s Heritage

Find out how you can get involved in protecting Southwark's built environment.

COVID-19 Vaccinations in Southwark

Find out how COVID-19 vaccinations are being rolled out in Southwark - (updated 24 Feb)

Chat Together: A new digital support group for bowel cancer patients

Chat Together is a free online peer support group for people living with and beyond bowel cancer.

Getting support and staying connected during lockdown

Find out what to do if you, or someone you know, needs support during lockdown.

Do you need support with your volunteer programme during lockdown?

We've put together a quick survey to find out your current situation on the ground which involves volunteers. Plus, here's a reminder of all the ways we can support you...

National Lockdown Response Survey

In wake of England's third national lockdown, we wanted to reach out to the VCS to hear what support you need at this time.

Get Prepared: The census is taking place in March 2021!

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It helps plan and fund public services, like transport, education and healthcare.

The London Peer Advisor Programme

The project is centred on the idea that everyone has the power to turn their life around, regardless of their situation.

RACE, IDENTITY & ME GROUP

This online therapeutic group aims to provide a safe space for people from an *Ethnic background to share experiences and address the impact of racial trauma and discrimination.

Volunteering During a Lockdown

Find out how you can volunteer in Southwark, and help your community get through this lockdown.

Integrating care consultation

NHS Improvements published plans on integrated care including legislative changes, replacement of CCGs and role of the VCS.

Southwark’s R.E.A.C.H Alliance invites members to join the network and attend the first meeting of 2021

"This alliance is only as strong as its members. We encourage you to join this community and work together to raise your voices. "

Metropolitan Police guide on how to report hate crime

The guide provides various reporting channel options, both to the police and to third-party organisations.

FREE Community Builder Training

Training on what really works in creating kinder, safer, more inclusive communities... and how you can play your part.

Find out about the flu vaccine and see whether you can have it for free

about the flu vaccine in this booklet below, including information for pregnant women and children.

Book a Cuppa Concert: Socially distanced concerts for people isolating during the crisis

During these weeks of isolation, would you or anyone you know like to have a concert by a local musician?

1to1 support to find Your Path into employment

St Giles Trust is delivering a project called Your Path Criminal Justice involvement to residents in Southwark aged 16 – 25.

Rasta lockdown aid – a lot more than food alone

#GoodNewsStory: Fabian survived what looked like being the hardest time of his life, thanks to the Rastafari Movement charity.

Southwark Community Support Alliance Dec 2020 update

Minutes from the 25th November 2020 meeting and terms of reference.

Community Payback Scheme

London CRC needs the support of partners to nominate Community Payback projects.

Thank you for coming to our 2020 Community Southwark AGM!

Yesterday we held our Community Southwark AGM, a big thank you to all of you who joined us.

Join Community Southwark’s Network

Become a member of Community Southwark to get access to a range of resources, and be a part of a collective voice for Southwark’s Charitable Sector!

Exciting new creative mentorship scheme starting in January for young people aged 15-22.

There will be Musicians, DJs, Casting Agents, Models, Journalists and Artists who will help write CVs, curate and showcase a creative project and offer work experience toward the end of the scheme.

Social Prescribing 2021

People need to connection to their communities more than ever! Tell us what you think about social prescribing in our 10 min survey...

Meet The Walworth Group

The Walworth Group are looking for new organisations to join them in their mission of guiding Walworth through an era of fast change.

Addressing Health Inequalities

Southwark Public Health works in partnership with our communities to implement a new Health Inequalities approach and deliver the Southwark Stands Together health recommendations with a focus on community empowerment.

Exercise with Ana: Latin dance and gentle movement

Classes are to improve mental and physical wellbeing. They have been designed to counter feelings of isolation during the pandemic.

Our Healthwatch Southwark team are recruiting a new Advisory Group

Healthwatch Southwark (HWS) Advisory Group (AG) is a consultative body, supporting the HWS staff team to deliver local Healthwatch in the borough.

Access to allotments to be expanded in 2021

The Council is creating more opportunities for community gardening and food growing and is launching an Allotment Expansion Guarantee in 2021. Learn more here.

Southwark R.E.A.C.H Alliance update

Southwark R.E.A.C.H Alliance have been developing as an effective team and strengthening its strategic and leadership focus.

Free live yoga and wellbeing webinars

Join the Isha Foundation for free live yoga and wellbeing webinars to discover yogic methods for enhancing your respiratory health, mental wellbeing and overall physical health.

Meet our new Social Prescribing Officer Staś

I’m so pleased to be at Community Southwark, helping to develop Social Prescribing across the borough...

FREE Community Tech Support

ClearCommunityWeb provide FREE ‘Community Tech Support’ for older people, vulnerable adults and carers in Southwark.

Improve your cycle skills with TfL’s new free online course

Register for Transport for London’s new free online course that will help you to cycle safely and confidently.

Thank you to all our #SouthwarkStars2020!

We held our Southwark Stars annual volunteer award celebration event on Friday 20 Nov. See the winners and watch the film clips from the night here...

upReach are offering support to Southwark students to secure a paid internship

upReach provide free, personalised career support and guidance with 1-to-1s, mock interviews, CV reviews, insight days and much more.

FREE e-course for children and young people: Building Youth Resilience

RJ4All International Institute, supported by the Mayor of London's Violence Reduction Unit are offering you this free exciting e-learning opportunity: Building Youth Resilience.

It’s Trustees’ Week: 2–6 November 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people to get involved and make a difference.

Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions: new rules for businesses

Southwark Council have outlined the Tier 2 COVID-19 Government restrictions: new rules for businesses.

Sign up: Public Health Briefings for Community, Voluntary and Faith

The meetings will be an opportunity to receive updates on key information about the situation in London, to hear about how you can help keep your communities safe.

Southwark Community Support Alliance update

There are the 5 Short-term (October 2020 – March 2021) deliverables for the Southwark Community Support Alliance...

Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding from 25 Oct 2021

The Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding from 25 October 2021. Have you checked your vehicle?

Additional support for your charity offered by VCS Emergencies Partnership

Does your charity need additional help to deliver services at this time? VCS Emergencies Partnership may be the answer.

Violence against Women and Girls services

The Safer Communities Team in Southwark Council is seeking the views and experiences of service users/survivors of all forms of VAWG (violence against women and girls). This will help them shape future services from April 2022.

Are you a community organisation? Do you need support?

Business in the Community’s National Business Response Network was set up at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak to help community groups access resources.

Petition to create improved consultation of Aylesham Centre in Peckham

Important questions about the current plans for the Aylesham Centre site have not yet been answered and more time is needed to devise ways for local people to understand the plans and make meaningful comments.

Community Health Ambassadors Network

Join the Community Health Ambassadors Network to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Southwark.

King’s College London are looking for community partners

King’s College London are looking for Southwark charities, social enterprises, community interest companies, trust, and foundations to become community partners.

New Mental Health and Art Project

New exciting mental health art project involving Mental Fight Club, Outside Edge Theatre Company, Clod Ensemble and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Rennie & Manor Tenants Hall & Manor Estate TRA’s fantastic partnership

#GoodNewsStory Rennie & Manor Tenants Hall & Manor Estate TRA's have reached a few amazing milestones during the past months....

Southwark College’s new Creative Arts evening courses!

Explore your artistic skills in Southwark College's modern campus in SE1 and online with courses in Drawing and Painting, Dressmaking and Music Production using Logic X.

Black History Month 2020 LSBU events

These Black History Month 2020 events are all free and run by London South Bank University (LSBU) for the community

Burgess Sports new Run-Jog-Walk Programme

Burgess Sports have a new programme to increase physical activity and raise funds for their food programme

Ethnic Minority Empowerment Group

Talking Therapies Southwark are hosting online therapeutic group aims to provide a safe space for people from an ethnic minority background to come together and share experiences, and address the impact of racial trauma and discrimination (and many other difficulties) on our mental health such as depression and anxiety.

Local Housing Forums

Southwark Council encourages more people who live in council homes to get involved in decisions about council housing.

NEW PROJECT: Help Healthwatch Southwark find out more about waiting for hospital treatment

We think waiting times can be dealt with better. For our current project, we are looking to hear from local people about their experiences...

Southwark Community Support Alliance

Southwark Community Hub review report and cabinet recommendations are now available.

Partnership Southwark Recovery Plans

The Recovery Plan sets out how Partnership Southwark will lead a whole system approach to Southwark’s recovery.

*STATE OF THE SECTOR* December survey

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! So we can advocate for changes that are in your interests and so that we support you in the best way possible.

Keep Southwark Safe campaign: Please share

The Keep London Safe is a London-wide campaign to address low awareness of COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.

The Loss Project- Supporting communities with grief and loss during covid-19

The Loss Project aims to generate a community response to grief, loss and trauma and has a new programme of free workshops starting in September

VCS Liaison Meetings

Southwark Council VCS Liaison Meetings

Southwark Economic Renewal Plan: Give your feedback!

Southwark Council are therefore developing an economic renewal plan and we need your feedback.

ClearCommunityWeb helps vulnerable stay connected online

#GoodNewsStory: Local social enterprise ClearCommunityWeb has helped over 100 vulnerable people stay in touch with friends and family during lockdown.

South Southwark Social Prescribing Link Worker

The Improving Health NHS team are looking for a South Southwark Social Prescribing Link Worker

Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food & Fun (22 Jul-2 Sep)

There will be 85 programmes for children of different ages and different interests for an inclusive and holistic programme of nutritious meals and fun activities for children and young people (4-19 years old), their families and/or carers.

Time to Spare – track and trace to safely reopen community venues

Use this track and trace platform to safely reopen community venues - it's now FREE for charities!