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Community News and Jobs

See the latest news updates from Community Southwark. 

Vacancy – Signposting & Guidance Lead

You’ll be supporting families based across London, but the work will be carried out remotely.

Kingswood Arts ‘Our House’ Consultation

During the Spring and Summer 2023 Kingswood Arts ran a series of workshops, events & consultations with 8 groups of residents on the Kingswood Estate and surrounding areas. The project was called 'Our House' and was all about finding out the ideas, priorities and dreams of our community so that we could build a co-created programme and organisation that meets the needs of our community. We would love to share some of the findings and outcomes from the project with local partners, key stakeholders and other interested parties.

Once Upon a Kingswood Christmas

Journey to Kingswood Arts this December and embark upon a magical adventure to save Christmas!

Proudtobeme Are Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls

Proudtobeme also focuses on and excels at helping young women to develop their confidence, especially as we have witnessed this to be an increasingly prevalent issue amongst young women; an issue that can hinder them from reaching their potential.

Spring Community Hub is Recruiting – Activities Holiday Club Bank Workers in Southwark

We are looking to appoint committed and flexible people who love working with children and young people to join our friendly team delivering high-quality childcare at our Holiday Club subject to funding.

Free Camberwell Community Xmas Event Saturday 9 December 11am-2pm

Santa and Rapunzel are coming to the Saturday market at Camberwell Green bringing a free Caribbean lunch, free treats, decoration fun, festive music and fun-packed active games to get the kids moving! Local charities and volunteers have come together to launch a free Camberwell Community Xmas event for all ages. SE5 Forum for Camberwell, Spring Community Hub, Theatre Peckham, Camberwell Arts and Amuru children’s charity are bringing this free community festive event to the Green, thanks to funding from United St Saviours charity.

Peckham Soup Kitchen Christmas Dinner

We would like to thank you for all the support you've shown us throughout this challenging yet inspiring year, which has made a positive impact in our community.

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.

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation – ESOL Children Teacher

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Children & Young People area at IRMO as ESOL Teacher and to work with Spanish and Portuguese-speaking children and young people who have recently arrived in the country, speak little English and whose families are often still navigating the school admissions processes to enable them to access compulsory education in the UK.

Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation Programme Manager — Children and Young People

This is an exciting opportunity to lead Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation's Children and Young People Area. Managing a small and dynamic team, you will be responsible for implementing and progressing the area’s overarching strategy, ensuring that children and young people in our community have access to a range of exciting and evolving opportunities that support their development, creativity, social integration and wellbeing.

#YourVoteYourVoice free in person workshop on Political Literacy and Voter ID Awareness.

Voice4Change-England can come to BAME-led community groups and charities and those working with BAME communities in London and their beneficiaries to deliver free Political Literacy and Voter ID Awareness workshop.

Legal Consultant — Access to Education (Thrive)

We are in search of an experienced legal consultant to support Thrive, our new advocacy project led by IRMO and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, dedicated to achieving equal access to education for migrant children.

Support Worker (part-time, temporary cover for STAG Youth Worker)

Southwark Travellers Action Group (STAG) is looking for a temporary support worker to cover staff absence

Job Vacancy for General Administrator at LOVO

Job Vacancy for General Administrator at LOVO

Office space to rent in SE1

Are you in search of the perfect office space that combines modern amenities with accessibility and community spirit?

Violence Against Women Support Services – Cost of Living Support

LOVO is a women's led organisation located in Southwark since 2008. We offer care and support services to improve the employability, mental health and the overall well-being of vulnerable and marginalised women living in Southwark and beyond. 

Organisational Support Officer at Voice4Change-England

We are excited to announce that we have a job opening for an Organisational Support Officer at Voice4Change-England. This is a great opportunity to join our team and help us to make a real difference in the lives of people who are disadvantaged or marginalised.

Job Vacancy at Mind – Lambeth & Southwark Head of Services

Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich Mind are entering into the final stages of a merger with Lambeth & Southwark Mind and we have an exciting new opportunity to lead on supporting and developing our existing services in the Boroughs of Lambeth & Southwark.

Southwark Council Cost of Living Fund – Referrals Days

STC Global have been honoured with the opportunity to work as Referral Partners for the Community Referrals Pathway (CRP) representing Southwark Council to support their residents, in accessing the Southwark Council Cost of Living Fund. This fund is for £100. This is from 13th November 2023 – 31st December 2023.

FREE Weekly Exercise and Well-being session, Lunch and skill exchange @ Cossall Hall – SE15 2QE

Every Wednesday throughout the winter months, The Purple Ladies will provide a free Women-only exercise class, well-being sessions for all and invite you for a Free vegetarian lunch with a possibility for skill exchange as well as Clothes/objects swap.

NHS Focus Groups: Have Your say on the future of Peadiateric Cancer Services

NHS England is embarking on a significant journey to relocate cancer services for children and young people across the South East. They have commissioned us at Participation People to ensure that the voices of our youth play a pivotal role in shaping these proposed changes.

RJ4All Needs Your Help!

We are looking for extra storage space in the SE16 area. Please let us know if you or anyone you know can provide us with a space to store some of our things.

Southwark Health & Wellbeing Board: 16 November 2023

The Board welcome input and comments from the community.

London Engagement Collaborative – Launch event

Join us on Wednesday 15th November, 10am-12.30pm at Lift Islington, as we come together to launch the second year of the network, reflecting on our learnings so far, and what we hope to focus on in the next few months.

Community Engagement Officer

This role is at the heart of engaging with communities to support local people to access Health and Social Care, and make sure their voices are heard so that services can improve.

Southwark Local Access Partnership / Enterprise Development Partner Invitation to Tender

The Southwark Local Access Partnership Enterprise Development aims to support the development of minoritised and female-led organisations in Southwark, making them stronger, more resilient, and more sustainable to improve the local social economy.

Spreading Awareness for World AIDS Day

This event is proudly brought to you by Brook Love Sex Life and the UK Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Free Surplus Food – Felix Project

The Felix Project is London’s largest redistributor of free surplus food to community organisations. They are looking for community help to ensure tonnes of good food are saved from going to waste by giving you the opportunity to be involved in Community Distribution events during December and first week of January. 

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.

Donate Essential Items to your local Charity/Community group

From warm clothes to food and hygiene items - every little will help please donate now

Community Groups in North of Lewisham networking – Community Connections Lewisham

Join Community Connections Lewisham for this networking session for groups operating in North Lewisham

Free course and £15k funding for young, purpose driven London entrepreneurs

Open for applications until 1pm on Monday 20 November, the Go! London Young Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme will provide budding entrepreneurs with access to support, learning and funding.

Better Housing Better Health (BHBH) Service Information

We’re a service that’s free of charge and open to all residents experiencing issues with their home energy.

Community Studio Opening Party

There will be food, drinks, music and activities.

Southwark Climate Collective – Free decarbonisation support for SMEs in Southwark

The initiative will provide free, expert decarbonisation support for 160 businesses across Southwark to reduce carbon emissions, increase efficiency and cut costs. 

Community Enterprise Catalysts (Kensington and Chelsea)

We are looking for two Catalysts who will lead The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Community Micro-enterprise Project.

Community Enterprise Catalysts (City of Westminster)

We are looking for two Catalysts who will lead the City of Westminster Community Micro-enterprise Project.

Voluntary Sector Collaboration & Partnerships Business Support Officer (South East London)

If you are highly motivated, organised and creative thinking individual who enjoys developing structures and systems, and communicating with a wide range of stakeholders, then this is the role for you.

FRED Awards 2023

This year’s competition also challenges young people to use their imagination and showcase their creativity and originality!

Q&A session – Cost of Living Fund – for prospective Referrers

Join this Q&A session to find out how you can support Southwark residents access £100 voucher from Southwark Council's Cost of Living fund.

Southwark Food Map, provided by Southwark Food Action Alliance.

If you are struggling to afford food or are vulnerable and unable to access food, take a look at the Southwark Food Action Alliance food map.

Funding differently: Paid opportunity – call out for VCS representatives for Neighbourhood Health Grants decision-making panel

Last chance to register your interest - Would you like to be part of a decision-making panel, helping make decisions about how funding is distributed to small voluntary and community sector groups in Southwark?

VACANCY: Team Leader @ Safer Renting, Cambridge House

Cambridge House has a vision of a society without poverty where all people are valued, treated equally, and lead fulfilling and productive lives. They are currently seeking a Team Leader to become an integral part of the Safer Renting Team at Cambridge House.

VACANCY: Deputy Head of Service @ Safer Renting, Cambridge House

Cambridge House has a vision of a society without poverty where all people are valued, treated equally, and lead fulfilling and productive lives. They are currently seeking a Deputy Head of Service to become an integral part of the Safer Renting Team at Cambridge House.

Family Studio

Drawing Room has now re-opened in their new home in Bermondsey! They are excited to announce the next series of Family Studio events, every first Sunday of the month, starting on November 5th!

October’s Volunteer Spotlight – Rosy at Home-Start Southwark

Every month, we're showcasing an inspirational volunteer story from a Southwark organisation. This month's spotlight is on Rosy, who found a paid position after volunteering with Home-Start Southwark.

Exciting grant opportunity: Funding differently – 2nd round of funding is now open.

Deadline: Monday 11th December New grant opportunity - flexible funding - £5,000 available!

Recruiting: Project Coordinator

The PACT Project Coordinator will provide the PACT Team high-quality administrative and comms support

RJ4All Social Entrepreneurship Competition 2023

The Restorative Justice for All International Institute (RJ4All) is hosting a Social Entrepreneurship Competition as part of our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Job Opportunity – Early Years Educator L3

We are looking for passionate & dedicated individuals to join us in our mission to make a positive impact in the lives of the children that attend our service.

Opportunity Alert for Youth Providers: Could You Host a FREE Peer Education Day?

Southwark Council has teamed up with Youth Voice Specialists, Participation People, yet again for the 2023-24 Peer Education Project.

Free Self Contained Office/Room in SE1

Available for those making positive impact: charity, non-profit, social enterprise, ethical business or local community organisation.

Update on funding differently: neighbourhood health grants

Find out how our grant pilot that seeks to make funding processes more accessible and transparent has progressed and find out how you can apply to the next round.

Volunteers needed for Making Connections Arts in the Old Waiting Room Peckham Rye Station Oct 20-Nov 18

Making Connections is a season of events that aim to open up the potential of this exciting and historic building to new and contemporary ideas. Come and be a part of it!

Wellbeing Art Club

Mental Wealth London hosts drop-in art sessions at Peckham Levels that allow women in the community to improve their mental health by engaging in creative activities that help them to relax and manage daily stressors.

Free digital clubs for kids!

Free Clubs coding and digital clubs for kids! Every Monday from 5 pm to 7 pm & Every Tuesday from 5 pm to 6 pm

Interested in a career in bartending?

You may qualify for a fully funded place on our Level 2 Certificate in Professional Bartending Skills course

UK charities and social enterprises invited to apply for digital development programme

Applications have opened for the third cohort of Deloitte Digital Connect, a programme helping charities and social enterprises make progress on an existing organisational digital project or challenge, by putting their beneficiaries at the heart of the solution.

The Neurodiversity Family Hub is open!

The Neurodiversity Hub is open and ready to support children and young people in the community, and their families and carers!

2-6 desks for rent!

We now have 2-6 desks available to rent in our office which is also shared with other arts charities.

Community Referral Pathway now OPEN for Cost of Living support for Southwark residents

This initiative will support Southwark residents who are on low incomes and pay towards energy for their home. Last year, the Community Referral Pathway supported nearly 17,000 households, thanks to the efforts of our referral partners. If you would like to become a referrer sign up now!

Free SEND Drama Club for 16-19 year olds

A brand new club to help build confidence and boost creativity, self esteem, and life skills.

Free Contraception Clinic for Southwark Residents

LARC offers excellent protection against pregnancy. You can get an implant, non-hormonal coil or hormonal coil and you can also get your LARC removed.

2 Befriending Officer roles at Blackfriars Settlement Positive Ageing team

Come and be part of the Positive Ageing service supporting local older people in the north of Southwark.

Calling community leaders to shape SE London health research

Mabadiliko CIC is collaborating with research partners and funders across South East London to embed community-led approaches that increase diverse participation in research.

Youth Leadership Program – Empower Black Voices!

Mentorship from experienced leaders who understand the unique challenges and opportunities faced by Black children and young people.

Paid roles available in Southwark Council’s Black Culture Conversation Project

Southwark Council is offering a number of paid roles to help shape their work with residents, creative practitioners and community organisations to co-create a sustainable vision for Black Culture in Southwark.

RJ4All Personal Assistant Vacancy!

This is a diverse role, working closely with the RJ4All Founder and Director in the day-to-day running of his work and the organisation.

Make Your Mark’s Impact

We wanted to share the latest on Make Your Mark, Community Southwark's monitoring & evaluation programme!

SEND Children and Young People’s Creative Arts Activities – Flip the Script

Flip the Script is an exciting new creative arts club for young people with SEND in Southwark

Community TechAid are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator!

We are moving into new premises in Brixton in the Autumn, and thanks to increased space we will be looking to expand our volunteer team.

September’s Southwark Volunteer Story – Team Day with Better Bankside

Community Southwark is beginning a new chapter to help its corporate partners make the biggest impact for their staff and the charities and community groups across the borough.

Spring Community Hub is recruiting for 4 new roles

If you are interested in applying for any of the new roles, all the details you need, including key responsibilities and salary, are attached.

Free Dance Sessions in Southwark

Thanks to funding from United St Saviours,  The Blair Academy are able to offer free dance sessions for older people in Southwark. Running every Friday 2pm at Appleby Blue SE16 3RR (in the garden room) 

Vacancy: BME organisation development manager

The BME Health Forum is recruiting for a new BME organisation development manager position. This is a full time post to support their partner BME organisations with fundraising, governance (including organisation policies), training and staff support.

Ageing Well Celebration and Information Event

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons. Local community groups are coming together with Southwark Council to host a celebration and information sharing event at Peckham Square on Saturday 30 September, 12-4pm.

Violence Against Women – Support for Essential Items

LOVO CIC have recently been funded by the London Community Foundation to provide cost of living support to women 18 years and over who are victims or survivors of domestic abuse and violence living in Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth.

Free Barista Training Course (with Work Placement)

Our course is 10-weeks long, part-time, and open to Londoners who are unemployed, not in any other training or education, and actively looking for work

Proudtobeme is looking for a freelance project coordinator!

Are you a passionate and organized individual looking to make a difference in the community? Proudtobeme UK is searching for a dedicated Freelance Project Coordinator to join our dynamic team.

Private Hire and Events Duty Manager post open at Dr Johnson’s House

Dr Johnson’s House is a literary historic house museum in a rare, late 17th-century building in the heart of the City of London.

Discounted tickets to OPERATION EPSILON at Southwark Playhouse

We have been offered discounted tickets to Thursday matinees of OPERATION EPSILON starring Olivier Award winner Nathaniel Parker at Southwark Playhouse, 15 Sept - 21 Oct.

Walworth Garden are hiring a Marketing Officer!

This role would suit someone with the ability to see the big picture of our work in the sector, as well as the small pieces of the puzzle that make it all possible

Digital Foundations Training – Superhighways

Get free training on the best use of basic ‘digital’ infrastructure - simple tools that can help you run your organisation and support the people and communities you care about.

Training on How to Support Young Carers in Southwark – Free Monthly Sessions

If you work with children and their families in Southwark, please join one of these free monthly online training sessions to find out more about Young Carers, and what you can do to support them

Fantastic opportunity to make a difference – Development Officer at Dr Johnson’s House

Become a Development Officer at Dr Johnson's House Museum - apply today!

Join the Southwark Challenge for Step Out Mentoring!

Step Out Mentoring have a new and exciting fundraising event that we would love you all to join in with. On Saturday 7th October we will be running our Southwark Green Spaces Challenge.

Vacancy at Southwark Law Centre: Administrator, full time, 35hrs p/wk Permanent

Southwark Law Centre is seeking to recruit an experienced administrator based at our busy office in Peckham.

Local funder, United St Saviour’s Charity, is Recruiting a Community Investment Officer

We're looking for an enthusiastic Community Investment and Grants Officer to join our team and help us do even more!

Commu TV’s Red Carpet with Furaha Choir

Commu TV were happy to cover the Holistic Well Women presenting the Furaha Choir.  Gospel group Furaha Choir is based in Lewisham. Through spiritual gospel singing, the organization has helped heal community servants. Over the years, Holistic well-women and women of substance have emerged as a result of this phenomenon

Positive Futures for Young People Fund Grant 24-26

The PFYPF is part of Southwark Council's Youth New Deal, which was created following a Strategic Review of Youth Services in 2020. The review set out a firm commitment to ensuring that youth activity programmes are informed and shaped by what young people want. Through this Fund we aim to provide an inclusive and responsive youth service. Addressing inequalities by supporting, informing, upskilling and encouraging young people.

Autism Strategy Funding – Soft market testing

The South East London (SEL) Integrated Care Board (ICB) has made £240,000 in non-recurrent funding available to the Southwark system to spend on projects to support implementation of the SEL autism strategy.

Funding Opportunity to tackle Health Inequalities in BAME communities launches from 6th September

A new community-led panel will decide how best to use £100,000 from Partnership Southwark and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) to support community groups to tackle health inequalities in Southwark’s Black and minority ethnic communities. Made up of representatives from BAME and Latin American organisations in the borough, this pioneering panel has come together to devise and co-design a unique funding programme using their collective expertise.

Recruitment fair at Peckham Fire Station

We're pleased to announce a recruitment fair at Peckham Fire station where we are hoping to attract employees and employers for across the local authority sector and beyond.

NSPCC London and South East Hub

We’re excited to tell you about the NSPCC’s London and South East national hub. The hub is part of our new model that embeds our work in every community across the UK and Channel Islands.

August’s Southwark Volunteer Story – Nunhead Repair Cafe

Every month we’ll be highlighting an inspiring volunteer story from an organisation in Southwark. This month our spotlight is on Nunhead Repair Cafe, a volunteer run community group working to make our borough more sustainable. 

Free 15 minute healthy weight training for professionals and volunteers working in Southwark

Let’s Talk about Obesity training aims to support you to have conversations about health with residents and support them to access healthy weight services.

LGBTQ+ Cultural Venue Opportunity – Bankside Yards

The Council, along with property developers and other groups, are looking for an organisation to operate and manage the borough's first permanent LGBTQ+ cultural space.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust is hiring a Community Engagement Facilitator

Help BOST wbroaden our reach in terms of participants and beneficiaries from marginalised and underrepresented local groups.

Primary Schools and Community Groups for 50+ Needed for Free Choir Project

12 Choirs of Christmas supports mental health and wellbeing by partnering community groups for people aged 50+ with primary schools across London to create 12 intergenerational choirs.

We’re Hiring! Infrastructure and Development Officer – Part time job

Voice4Change England is recruiting for an Infrastructure and Development Officer who will effectively manage outreach and consultation with BME organisations and communities across London.


Free African Drumming, storytelling, dance workshops for SEND children


Praying for a sunny day - to enjoy sound system music, steel pan, drumming, heritage quadrille dance, spoken word, tributes to Sam King, Windrush pioneer and first Black Mayor of Southwark, as well as Dr. Harold Moody, pre-Empire Windrush community and medical pioneer. Plus, stalls selling food, health products, books, etc.

Workshop – Building Palimpsest Bodies

Led by Chloe Das Neves, Building Palimpsest Bodies is a new weekly workshop hosted at London Performance Studios.

Free programme from upCYCLE lets 16-18 year olds learn more about bike repairs – and get a refurbished bike

upCYCLE have announced their free Summer Mentor Programme. If you’re aged between 16-18 years old, we’re giving you the chance to gain experience from industry professionals, earn qualifications and get a refurbished bike!

Jam Fusion – music, skate, dance at Marlborough Sports Garden

Join Jam Speed Rollers and Jam Before the Summer Endz with Bankside Open Spaces Trust for a spectacular day of non-stop fun, laughter and excitement for the whole family.

Kingswood Arts Centre is looking for a Cleaning and Facilities Officer

Kingswood Arts is a new arts centre based in a huge 19th century mansion! Looking after this amazing historic building is huge part of our job here and we need a new team member to support us on that mission!

Free personal development workshops and training for Southwark young people ages 13-25

Throughout Southwark, Leap offers free & fully-funded personal development workshops for groups of young people. If you run a youth service and this sounds of interest, all you have to do is get in touch!

Sexual Health Young Person Service – Market Engagement Questionnaire- AUG 14th DEADLINE

Southwark Council would like to hear from any organisations who are currently providing sexual health programmes for young people

Help us share Southwark’s biggest ever health survey

Impact on Urban Health, in partnership with research agency Opinium, is conducting the largest ever survey on health and wellbeing in Lambeth and Southwark.

Job opportunity: Befriending Officer

Come and be part of the Positive Ageing service supporting local older people in the north of Southwark.

Drawing Room is hiring a new team of Gallery Assistants!

Drawing Room is the UK’s primary institution dedicated to drawing and has over 20 years of curatorial excellence. On September 22nd, Drawing Room is opening a brand new gallery space in Bermondsey, and in preparation for this, we are now hiring for a new pool of Gallery Assistants.

Are you aged 50-80? It is important we hear your views on a large new research project.

Researchers at King’s College London are starting a large programme to run trials on heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux. This includes trials of screening tests for pre-cancer and cancer, caused in rare cases by these symptoms.

Update from Cllr Kieron Williams regarding opposing the closure of Ticket Offices

Cllr Kieron Williams and partners have written to London Travel Watch and the Secretary of State for Transport to oppose against the proposed closures of ticket offices,

Active Southwark Fun Days

Come and try taster sessions such as youth football, walking sports and mobility sessions for older people, athletics, couch to 5k run coaching and more. Plus get advice on local healthy lifestyle services.

Launch of BAMER HUB 2.0

Join BAMER HUB, your FREE online platform - A ONE STOP SHOP designed to strengthen and grow your BAMER-led charity, community group or social enterprise.

Bankside Futures – free summer employability programme for 16-18 year olds

Bankside Futures is a summer programme for young people aged 16 – 18 years old, designed to get young people ready for the world of work by meeting a range of employers and creating a social action project in their community.

Have your say on trust and discrimination with health and the healthcare system (PAID OPPORTUNITY)

We (ClearView Research) are currently working on an exciting collaborative project with Impact on Urban Health (IoUH) to learn more about individual's relationship with health, and health services. Everyone has different levels of health, but sometimes these are caused by unfair and avoidable factors.

Join us as RJ4All’s Green Champion!

Are you passionate about the environment and eager to make a difference? RJ4All is seeking a dedicated volunteer to help us create a greener, smarter, and more sustainable organization. If you're ready to take on the challenge, we want to hear from you!

Development Manager/Assistant – Breathe Arts Health Research

We are delighted to be seeking a creative, entrepreneurial and values driven person to join our development team at Breathe Arts Health Research.

Southwark Playhouse 11-13 Young Company!

Are you 11-13 and live in Southwark or Lambeth? Southwark Playhouse Young Company are recruiting for September! No auditions and totally free to take part!

Update on grant pilot – Funding Differently: Neighbourhood health grants

Grants of £5,000 each have now been awarded to 11 voluntary and community groups in Southwark.

Trustee Opportunity with the Fat Beehive

The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities

Free Backstage Pass Events with World Class Performers at Bold Tendencies

Inspired by the rich variety of subjects, materials and voices in the 2023 season, our offerings, all free - including Backstage Pass, Community Tickets and Public Rehearsals, strive to mitigate barriers, allowing space to imagine, create, and exercise the right to joy and appreciation of the arts.

Introducing Commu TV

Commu TV aims to create a resource base that explores diverse communities' social issues and challenges.

Festival of Community

Staffordshire St presents a Festival of Community, co-curated with Peckham Platform and F.A.T Studio.

July’s Southwark Volunteer Story

Every month we'll be highlighting an inspiring volunteer story from an organisation in Southwark. This month we're telling Clive's story, a volunteer at HMS Belfast.

Southwark community organisations given free digital support from local creative students in partnership with Wix

Local community organisations received new websites thanks to students at nearby London College of Communication, working in partnership with web development company Wix & Community Southwark, helping them build a powerful online presence and reach wider audiences.

Hot Homes Investigation Looking for Participants

Does your home get too hot in the summer? Did you know that Southwark was one of the hottest areas in England 2021?

Mentoring & Fitness Sessions @ Tate Modern – Summer 2023

Peckham Soup Kitchen in collaboration with Tate and United St Saviour's Charity Southwark are running a Mentoring & Fitness programme for young people aged 14-25.

Study Opportunity: CARE Network

The CARE Network Study Team at the Old Age Psychiatry Department at King’s are recruiting! This is an exciting study that looks at the health and well-being in Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities and faith groups post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welfare Benefits advice and support appointments available

Big Local Works have a new welfare benefits advisor, Norma Crawford. Norma previously worked at the Citizens Advice Bureau in South Bermondsey and has joined BLW this month to support Southwark Residents

Kingswood Estate Family Fun Day! Sunday 30th July 2023

Kingswood Estate Family Fun Day! Sunday 30th July 2023

General Manager (Maternity Cover) at the Unicorn Theatre

Unicorn Theatre looking for an efficient and responsible administrator to oversee the general management of the Unicorn in a Maternity Cover role.

Children & Young People Services Funding Opportunity

Funding opportunity available for not-for-profit organisations providing services to children and young people in Southwark

Have your say on the Cost of Living Fund (receive £30 for your time) – evaluated by Centric

We are working with Southwark Council, Southwark Residents and VCS/Community organisations to co-design recommendations to improve the cost of living community referrals pathway. We are currently looking for 10 VCS/Community Organisations, and as a thank you, all those who participate you will be paid £30 via voucher or bank transfer. 

Hands-on Funding Support for Charities in Southwark – express your interest now!

We brought together funders and VCS groups to have a round table discussion on how we can address challenges raised in our State of the Sector report.

Give your views to Southwark Council on the ‘age-friendliness’ of the Borough

Southwark has taken active steps to become an age-friendly place. From silver sessions at our leisure centres, to wonderful services offering opportunities to have fun and socialise, we want to continue to build on this work.

Library of Things is coming to Canada Water!

Canada Water Library of Things is a not-for-profit rental service where you'll be able to affordably hire everything from Carpet Cleaners to Waffle Makers and Projectors to Pressure Washers from self-service lockers inside Canada Water library.

Fundraising concert for special needs children.

The Community Choir Notre Dame de France In collaboration with Born2Live Charity are organising a fundraising concert for special needs children of Nordoff and Robbins( Music Therapy Charity).

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.

Hear about our first Funding Working Group!

We brought together funders and VCS groups to have a round table discussion on how we can address challenges raised in our State of the Sector report.

Feature in Peckham Festival’s Community Hub – 15-17 September 2023

Peckham Festival is an annual celebration of Peckham taking place in multiple venues across SE15, and they are providing space for community groups and local charities to promote their services.

Open Peer Support Group

Southwark Wellbeing Hub workshop bringing people together from diverse backgrounds to share skills, coping strategies and creativity, and to hear each other’s unique experiences. It's a setting where people can feel safe to be themselves and connect with others.

FREE Financial Education Workshops

We all know about the increase in our cost of living, let's help young people think smarter when comparing and purchasing products and services.

Opportunity to Run the Community Space at Walworth Town Hall – Q+A webinar

Walworth Town Hall are looking for a VCS operator to run their new community space - find out more in these online Q+A sessions.

Creative Network Old Kent Road, Micro-granting Supper Club, 27 June

Join Creative Network Old Kent Road for our first ever Micro-granting Supper Club at Platform Cafe! Enjoy a delicious 3 course vegan meal, all ticket profits go to the Microgrant pot.

How to Register a CIC

Unlock the Potential of UK Community Interest Companies: Join Our Short Online session to Discover How CICs Can Drive Social Impact and Business Success.

Peer Advisor Network Training

The Peer Advisor Network is a project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund which offers training to people with lived experience (Peer Advisors) to support disadvantaged clients

Echo is Recruiting a Youth Worker

ECHO is looking for a special person who wants to grow their experience whilst providing safe and engaging activities for young people with heart conditions and their siblings in hospital and the community.

2022-23 Annual Members’ Survey Report: Key Findings and Actions

We asked you to share your thoughts about Community Southwark and received an amazing response. We have written a report based on your contributions - click here to find out more!

London Performance Studios – Seeding Space 2023

Following on from the success of Seeding Space where artists have a space to develop their practice, LPS is very excited to announce that Seeding Space is back this summer.

Walworth Garden is recruiting a Garden Education Officer

Walworth Garden is recruiting a Garden Education Officer

OV Theatre Makers: Free 6 month theatre training for 18-30

Free 6 months theatre training available for 18-30 year olds

Walworth Garden are Hiring a Trainee Gardener.

Exciting job opportunity at Walworth Garden

Walworth Garden are recruiting a Garden Education Manager

Walworth Garden are recruiting a Garden Education Manager

Apprenticeship Jobs Fair for Southwark Residents Only – presented by Step Ahead

Apprenticeship Jobs Fair for Southwark Residents Only – presented by Step Ahead Date: Wednesday 7th June 2023 Time: 10am – 6pm

Community supper club

Join the next DINE supper club on the 7th June.

Career development event for women ex-offenders

We are organising an event for BAME women ex-offenders who may be looking to start new work positions or venture into business.

Help shape a positive future for young people in Southwark

The youth service team at Southwark Council would like to give young people an opportunity to influence what positive activities it funds in the coming years. If you’re aged between 10 to 18 or up to 25 with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) we would love to hear from you about how you like to spend your time and what activities and topics interest you.

Southwark Design District – Get involved

Southwark Design District is a diverse design destination encompassing one of the most vibrant and creative communities within London.

Calm Mediation – Extended Family Relationship issues – offer of funded mediation

Calm Mediation work with families who are experiencing relationship difficulties, e.g. estrangement, house-sharing issues, cultural or generational clashes.

Feeling low, anxious or stressed? Or finding it hard to navigate life?

We are Talking Therapies Southwark. Our service provides free NHS talking therapy for people either living in Southwark or registered with a Southwark GP who may be experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Yoga, alignment and mobility – a weekly PWYC workshop

This is a new weekly inclusive yoga workshop hosted at London Performance Studios, led by Luis Odriozola. The classes will focus on gaining a deeper level of understanding of the body in order to reach each individual’s full movement potential.

POWER – a free community dance project at Siobhan Davies Studios in Elephant and Castle

A community performance project in Elephant and Castle for all ages and experience. Join us for POWER, a series of FREE workshops with a final celebratory performance. This project runs for two weeks, from 30 May – 10 June at Siobhan Davies Studios.

Cricket for men, women and children in Southwark Park this Summer

Southwark Park Cricket Club is dedicated to bringing cricket back to the historic Southwark Park Oval. We have a strong community ethos and want to make the sport accessible to all. This includes a womens programme with dedicated coach and 5 programmes for young people.

Free Weekend Performance Workshops at Bold Tendencies, for 8 – 14year olds, with Loud Crowd Opera

Over the course of one weekend, Loud Crowd and The Multi-Story Orchestra are unpacking Shostakovich's 16 minute cartoon-opera with workshops for 8-14 year olds, designed to open up the process of making an opera, inviting participants to collaborate and become performers and co-creatives in an intensive, inventive rehearsal process.

The Southwark Social Prescribing Network (SSPN) is now facilitated by the Social Prescribing Oversight Group

The Southwark Social Prescribing Network (SSPN) is now facilitated by the Social Prescribing Oversight Group

“An Amazing Event” – Launch of our State of the Sector report and Call to Action

The River Room at Glaziers’ Hall was the venue for an exciting morning bringing together partners from the council, NHS, businesses, and the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Finance related support with London Accountancy Practice (LAP)

London Accountancy Practice specialise in helping small organisations and businesses manage their finances

New fund aiming to test the impact of positive activities on prevention of violence

New funding from the Youth Endowment Fund will test the impact of positive activities on the prevention of violence, specifically sports, arts, adventure, or wilderness activities

Has your organisation been affected by the Cost of Living Crisis?

Has your organisation been affected by the Cost of Living Crisis? Answer this 3 min survey from Money4YOUorg & you could win £50 voucher.

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.

Large Office Available at The Hithe Co-working Space

New office space available at The Hithe - a co-working space near Rotherhithe Station.

Southwark ESOL Network – Open Meeting

Join the Southwark ESOL network to share insights and experience with other providers and referral agencies

Equalities Grants Q&A Workshop and/or Digital Support Session (Borough)

Second workshop takes places in Borough. 10am - 11am - Skills Workshop 11am - 12pm - Drop in Q&A

Equalities Grants Q&A Workshop and/or Digital Support Session (Camberwell)

First workshop in Camberwell. 1pm - 2pm - Skills Workshop 2pm-3pm - Drop in Q&A

Cost of Living Fund now closed

The Cost of Living Fund ended on Friday 24th March 2023.

RDaVR – Dissemination of Project Results & Free Online Training Course

Restorative Dialogue against Violent Radicalisation(RDaVR)has been an Erasmus+ funded project that comes to a conclusion at the end of March 2023. Here you can find all the tangible Intellectual outputs of the project, these being reports and e-book with findings and results, as well as free access to our online training (e-course).

Healthwatch Southwark Community Health Event

Join us at our Community Health Event on 3rd May 2023 to find out about health and social care services in the borough and how you can get involved to make a difference!

Free Years Access to Holly Health – Health and Well being app- In calaboration with Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

A year’s free health & habit coaching from Holly Health for people over 50?✨ Holly Health and Age UK Lewisham & Southwark are offering everyone over 50 a year's free subscription to the Holly Health mobile app for a year.

Volunteer Managers Network

Calling all Community Southwark Members Volunteer Managers, Coordinators, or Supervisors, our next Volunteer Managers Network meeting is on Thursday 16th March @10:30 am – 12.00 pm.

Join Wave of Peace & Excel Beyond Barriers for International Women’s Day!

We can’t truly celebrate International Women’s Day in Southwark until women are equal with each other. Join us for our International Women's Day event 2023. Organised by Wave of Peace in collaboration with Arab Cultural Forum, and other community groups in Southwark and across London.

Hello & Update from Gosia, our Membership & Outreach Officer

"I thoroughly enjoy being part of an organisation that is well respected and supports a diverse and strong voluntary and community sector."

Community Southwark secured an additional £5k to help Warm Spaces continue their Vital Services!

Additional £5k for Warm Spaces to continue to support Southwark residents thanks to NAVCA funding!

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.

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!

Ongoing: Galleywall Nature Reserve Open Days

Galleywall Nature Reserve in Bermondsey is holding monthly open days from March.

What an Amazing Success for the VCS! Update from our Call Out to Southwark Council regarding Cost-Of Living.

What an Amazing Success for the VCS! Update from our Call Out to Southwark Council regarding Cost-Of Living.

Hourglass (Safer Ageing)

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

Free and Accessible Fitness Classes – Online & In Person

From now until end of March, the community charity RJ4All based in SE16, is offering 3 free and accessible fitness classes for people (aged 14+) who are disabled, neurodivergent, and/or people with a long term health or mental health condition:

#BrunchBriefing: Ouch! How to take the pain out of trustee recruitment for small charities

A free clinic for charity trustees, volunteers and staff wanting to recruit trustees to their small charity board

#GoodNewsStory from Coin Street Centre

The Coin Street team are excited to announce that Coin Street Centre Trust has been awarded the Gold Quality Mark

£15 vouchers available for those who work/volunteer for the VCS in Southwark!

Partnership Southwark are giving out £15 gift cards to people working or volunteering for VCS organisations in Southwark.

Ongoing: Weekly Mental Health Pop Up In Bermondsey

Southwark Wellbeing Hub is hosting a Weekly Mental Health Pop Up in South Bermondsey within the  #biglocalworks space at Market Place, London SE16 3UQ

Grassroots Community Research Training

Grassroots Community Research training for local people.

LGBTQIA+ History Month at Bermondsey Project Space

This February BPS celebrates LGBTQIA+ History month with a series of performances, talks and live art events: 6 – 11 February 2023

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.

Southwark 2030

Southwark Council & local partners have launched Southwark 2030, this is your chance to help shape the future of Southwark

Social Change Agency – Community Leaders in Motion

Free training and personal development course for community champions and grassroots groups

Private Renters Support Southwark network

Southwark Private Renters Support is a new initiative designed to help people who are renting privately in the borough.

#GoodNewsStory & urgent funds needed

We wanted to share this fantastic example of a grass routes good news story of people donating to help their neighbours with the cost of living crisis. Please donate if you can!

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.


The Family Learning Awards from Campaign for Learning celebrate creative, innovative and inclusive learning.

Ongoing: Mental Health Awareness Training – refugee and asylum seeker groups

Free MHFA training for groups working with refugees and asylum seekers - early booking recommended

Paid focus group opportunity – legal support service for BAME-led groups

Get paid to help develop a legal support service for BAME-led organisations

URGENT: Request for food aid volunteers over the festive period

The Felix project in London call out for urgent volunteers in support roles for the following key tasks over the Christmas period

Camberwell Area Study – Share Your Thoughts

Take part in an important local survey on the buildings and places that matter to you in Camberwell

Affordable consultancy support for charities

Civil Society Consulting (CSC) is a not-for-profit providing low-cost consultancy support to small and medium-sized charities with evaluation and evidencing impact.

London Plus Cost of Living Document

London Plus has created a very useful document containing many resources that can help people with the cost-of-living-crisis.

New Hospital Buddy Project

Link Age Southwark are proud to announce their new Hospital Buddy Project.

FREE Website support programme for not-for-profit organisations!

FREE Website support programme for not-for-profit organisations! You will get a professionally-designed, new or updated website featuring 1-2 main pages, that reflects your organisation’s brand, mission, and goals.

Procurement Readiness Training for Social Enterprises

Free training programme on procurement and winning contracts designed for social entrepeneurs and social enterprises

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.

London Safeguarding Children’s Partnership – Free Training

Free training events on safeguarding best practice when working with children and young people

Safeguarding Adults Week 2022 – Training offer

Free training courses on adult safeguarding, as part of the annual campaign week.

CME Community Health Fund

Funding programme for health and wellbeing projects in Southwark and Lambeth

COVID19 Prevention and Impact Grant – Deadline 30th November

New funding stream, supporting projects addressing impact of Covid-19 and encouraging safe behaviours

Big Energy Saving Network

This Free frontline worker training and host presentations is to help householders save energy and money in their homes

Autumn Join-In: Snowflakes

Take part in Maths on Toast's Autumn Join-In: Snowflakes. Create a maths-inspired artwork and send a picture for the gallery.

The Peter Minet Trust is looking for Trustees

Join the trustee board at Peter Minet Trust to support and fund inspiring local charities in Lambeth and Southwark.

Silver Jubilee Celebration – Actionplus Foundation

Silver Jubilee Celebration - Actionplus Foundation

United St Saviour’s Charity is looking for trustees

United St Saviour's Charity are looking for 3 new trustees who will help them meet their ambition for a united, thriving and equal Southwark.

Cost of Living Crisis – Support Roadshow

Free advice and guidance for Southwark residents from a range of services with vouchers also available

Opening Doors Monthly Meet Up

Opening Doors London have partnered with Southwark Council to provide this monthly meet-up, close to Borough and Elephant & Castle stations. Light refreshments are provided, you just bring the chat!

Last chance to fill in our State of the Sector Survey!

If you haven’t yet filled in the online survey the deadline has been extended to this Wednesday 9 November

Funding available for Youth Charities- Duke Of Edinburgh Access Without Limit Fund

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) has launched the exciting new Access Without Limits fund for community organisations. Through the project, we can provide support and funding of up to £10,250 over the next three years to eligible voluntary sector organisations to help them set up, launch and deliver the DofE with young people aged 14 – 24.

AGP community Project is looking for a new home

AGP community project has been supporting the most vulnerable people of our community and providing a safe place since April 2018.

In October we held our Mental Health Awareness event

On Friday (14 Oct) we held our Mental Health event; thank you to all of you would joined us and joined the discussion on this very important topic.

Free Digital Skills and management training

These short online courses cover digital and leadership skills from Levels 1 to 3, as well as Basic English skills

Launchpad & Accelerator Programmes for Businesses & Entrepeneurs

Free training, suppot and advice for new and emerging businesses in Southwark.

Monitoring & Evaluation Support Sessions

One-to-one M&E advice sessions available through Community Southwark.

Peckham Soup Kitchen Launch Event

New initiative launching in October to support the community in Peckham.

Southwark Council Neighbourhoods Fund 23/24

Funding available to support community activities in your local area - open to applications until 24 October

Southwark’s Little Wing Film Festival

Celebrating Independent Film and Grassroots Culture in Southwark, #BlackHistoryMonth

Southwark’s Charityrecycle

Do you have any unwanted IT equipment, stationary or furniture?

It’s 2022 Black History Month!

The theme for 2022 is ‘Black Health and Wellness’, recognising the achievements of Black health and wellness practitioners. 

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

State of the Sector Survey: Help us help you!

Please fill in and share our State of The Sector Survey. You will enter our prize draw to win £100! This research will lead to improvements for your groups and service users.

Atos & ANTZ New Beginnings Programme Showcase

ANTZ and our network partner Atos want to do more to support the local London community, we need your support to enable us to do that.

Drawing Room invites you to their FAMILY STUDIO sessions for children and families.

Sessions for children and families to meet an artist and get drawing! All free, all welcome! Materials provided.

Southwark’s new NHS Health Check service – tell Southwark Council what you think of our research!

Do you live in Southwark and aged 40 - 74 years old? Then take part in a research study for Southwark Council's new NHS Health Check website.

Kirkaldy’s Testing Works are seeking a Treasurer Trustee Director

Kirkaldy's Testing Works are seeking a Treasurer Trustee Director to play a vital role in the future development of Kirkaldy’s Testing Works

Thank you for coming to our State of the Sector launch Breakfast Meeting!

Help us help you & have the chance to win £100! Just fill in our State of the Sector Survey...

Black Space Wellbeing Group

The Black Space Wellbeing Group is a monthly group for Southwark residents from the Black community to come together and work towards positive mental wellbeing

Paid Research Opportunity – Superhighways Data Journeys

Earn £75 for your organisation by taking part in workshops looking at data use in small charities

Waterloo Community Counselling is hiring a part-time Finance Manager

Waterloo Community Counselling are seeking a proactive, organised, qualified accountant to provide efficient accounting and finance support to WCC’s staff and Board of Trustees.

Digital Inclusion Volunteer Roles with Community TechAid

Three great volunteer roles with a local digital inclusion charity

Grants for Equity-led Organisations – Pre-application Workshops

New funding programme for groups that have historically struggled to access it - workshops for groups to get involved pre-launch.

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.

FREE Computer Monitors!

ZS Associates is kindly offering to give out free computer monitors to Southwark charities and groups

Save our Hub! – Wellbeing Community Group about to be homeless

Can you help provide a new home for this much-loved Southwark organisation which helps 3,600 people per year

Creative Futures Business Incubator

Free support available for young people with a creative business idea - including social enterprises and CICs

A hello and update from Elizabeth, our Volunteering Advice Services Officer

Elizabeth tells us about the rewards of her role, supporting the VCS and her colleagues in all different elements of volunteering advice...

Motivation & Mindfulness for Life: FREE Programme

This Motivation & Mindfulness for Life is a  FREE 10-week programme, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. 

Earn £2,500 as part of the Future Cities Research Panel

Help shape a local funder's strategy and earn £2,500 by taking part in an urban health research panel

Funding available to decrease cancer inequalities in Southwark

Grants available for groups working with communities with a lower uptake of cancer screening

Siobhan Davies Studio’: NEXT Choreography a 3-month course for people aged 16–25

Siobhan Davies Studio's cornerstone youth programme for young people aged 16–25

Stronger Voices – free communications training programme for equality organisations

Fantastic opportunity for free in-depth communications training, for London's equality focussed organisations.

Southwark Today Exhibition in Walworth Library (Ongoing)

Southwark Today exhibition at the Heritage Centre features community action across the borough

Crystal Palace Park are looking for a Trustee

Crystal Palace Park are looking for a Trustee who shares their passion to create a long-term, sustainable future for this precious historic green space.

Research Project on infill development

Research Project on infill development on council estates in the borough of Southwark.

Become an Amici host with London Charity Standing Tall

Charity Standing Tall are looking to recruit residents of Southwark who have a spare room and spare empathy to become one of their “Amici” hosts.

Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation Operations Manager Role

Indoamerican Refugee & Migrant Organisation are looking for an Operations Manager to help with the delivery of high-quality services.

Neighbourhood Networking Events update

Last month we held our first very successful in-person networking events for charities and community groups in SE17, SE22 and SE24, in Southwark!

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.

A hello and update from Sari, our Social Action & Communities Officer

Sari is Community Southwark's Social Action & Communities Officer. Sari tells us about her three year social action project and the many and useful learning and insights along the way.

Social Prescribing Network Event Update

On 14 July we held our Southwark Social Prescribing Network Open Meeting event with an amazing 85 attendees representing 45 organisations!

FREE support from corporates – we can arrange this!

Are you interested in getting FREE support from corporates? Either through skills or building/painting works for your organisation.

Where we are with our new strategy

We have come to the end of the first quarter of our 2022-26 Strategy have been evaluating the progress we're making... 

Carnival del Pueblo Comeback 2022!

Help bring Carnaval del Pueblo Latin festival back to Burgess Park on the 21st August 2022!

Creative Network Southwark January Meeting

Join other creative practitioners, businesses and charities at their quarterly network meeting

New Digital Platform ‘One Hub’ for youth activities

New digital platform form for young people and families to find easy to navigate, up-to-date information about youth related activities and services in their local area

We deserve a decent home to serve our communities!

In a ground-breaking move several BME led Community organisations came together on July 13 July to discuss their experiences of Southwark Council as their the landlord

Old Kent Road Arts Club – One Year Party

Join F.A.T Studio CIC to celebrate one year since the opening of the Old Kent Road Arts Club.

Cost of Living Crisis: A Guide to Support Available in Southwark

Southwark Council leaflet listing sources of support - both from themselves and other bodies - for individuals struggling financially.

Let’s Talk About Cancer: Community Engagement

A community engagement bringing people from low socio-economic background across Southwark together to talk about cancer.

ICS strategy development webinar – for local people and people working in VCS

An online discussion with ICS staff, local people living in and people working in the VCSE in SE London to inform ICS strategy and plan.

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

Thank you for coming to our June Summer Welcome Event!

On Friday 17 June we held our Summer Welcome Event which turned out to be a lovely occasion, and an exceptionally hot day!

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.

Our Southwark Stars 2022 Award Winners & Volunteer Champions

On 24 June we held our Southwark Stars Award Ceremony at the iconic Tate Modern to celebrate the incredible volunteers in the borough!

Hello from Anood our new CEO

Anood Al-Samerai, our new CEO, shares why she is excited about leading the Community Southwark team and working with the VCS sector

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

‘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

A hello from Jeremy, our new Evaluation and Impact Officer

Our new Evaluation and Impact Officer tells us about Make Your Mark, a training programme to help VCS groups monitor, evaluate and report on their work in Southwark.

All Ways Network: Bitesize Funding Advice and Support for Small Muslim Charities

Funding support and advice for small groups working with Muslim communities, from All Ways Network.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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..."

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+...

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.

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.

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.

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)

Afghanistan Appeal: Help in Southwark needed!

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

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),

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!

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)

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)

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).

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

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).

Our July 2021 *Spotlight Organisation* is LADPP!

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

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)

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)

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.

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).

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.

Southwark Volunteer Strategy: we need you!

Community Southwark, Southwark council and YOU are collaborating to create a brand-new Southwark Volunteer Strategy. Here are the results so far...(published 25 March).