OUR NEWS

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

Last Friday 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

Life on Lettsom: It’s #VolunteersWeek2022!

We're celebrating our Southwark Volunteer Champions for #VolunteersWeek2022!, "Life on Lettsom began as a community newsletter and is an amazing example of a community building grassroots organising power from an Estate in Camberwell..."

Our June 2022 Member Spotlight is Rotherhithe Residents say #LetVimalStay

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

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

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

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.

Community Southwark Annual Survey 2021/2022

1. Full 2021/2022 Annual Survey report.2. A snapshot summary of our 2021/2022 annual survey results3. Our prize draw winner!!

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.

Our Hustings event in Southwark News

LOCAL ELECTIONS 2022: COUNCILLORS GRILLED AT HUSTINGS EVENT FOR BLACK, LATIN-AMERICAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC COMMUNITIES

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.

A hello and update from Alex, our VCS Support Officer!

Alex, our VCS Support Officer, tells us about his role: "helping groups like you to be more effective, connected and financially sustainable – or to achieve whatever your goals might be!"

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!

A hello and update from Syeda our VCS Support Manager

Syeda, our VCS Support Manager,  tells us about her team and the support that they give to charities in the borough.

Disability Service Questionnaires

Southwark Council are running three questionnaires as part of the engagement plan for the new Disability Hub Service.

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..."

A hello and update from Katherine, our Projects Team Manager

Katherine, our Projects Manager, tells us about the work of the projects team: "The work of the Projects Team covers diverse areas and it is exciting to see the positive impact it has on the VCS..."

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.

A hello from Jordan, our Social Action and Communities officer

Jordan talks about his role in helping to get a more diverse range of voices heard in Southwark by policy makers - (Published 27 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.

You Said We Did Report

Find out more about the actions we took as a result of your feedback in the Annual Membership Survey in March 2021.

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 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.

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)

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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!

Booster Vaccination Offer to Health and Care Staff

All eligible health and care staff within south east London can now access the COVID vaccination booster programme - (Published 29 Oct 2021).

Chris & Katy thank you for your support!

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

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)

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)

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)

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).

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).

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).

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).

Our July *Spotlight Organisation* is LADPP!

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

🌟 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)

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).

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.

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)

#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)

#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)

We are looking for a VCS Charity Research Volunteer

We are seeking a Research Volunteer to work alongside our VCS Support Officers in their work engaging with local charities and community groups - (Published 26 May 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.

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.

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).

Communities in Focus Podcast | 30th March 2021

In our borough of Southwark, us community activists, leaders, and organisers must build diverse campaigns, inclusive projects, and representative communities. Listen back to the live meeting here - (published 2 April 2021).

110 member organisations completed our survey! Thank you!

We wanted to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who took the time to fill in our Annual Members’ Survey, we are extremely grateful - (published 30 March 2021).

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).

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).

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).

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)

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).

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.

National Lockdown Survey Results

Here are the results of our January 2021 Southwark VCS survey in response to the national lockdown.

Disability Hub Procurement

We would like to get your feedback on a mini-report we created around a proposed procurement exercise for a Disability Hub in Southwark

Southwark Park Vision: Help us to shape the future appearance of Southwark Park!

Community Southwark will be carrying out the consultation on the future of Southwark Park. We are looking for residents from the surrounding areas to attend one of two workshops, scheduled early 2021, and complete the online survey to give their views on what should be done in the future of Southwark Park

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.

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. "

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.

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...

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 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.

Meet our new Social Prescribing Officer Staś

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

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...

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.

Our Creative Network has a new chair!

William Nicholson, an Independent Arts and Health Consultant, has been elected as the new Chair for our Creative Network.

Get involved and represent your area of work at Partnership Southwark

Partnership Southwark is looking for VCS representatives to join their four workstreams: start well, live well, age well, and care well.

Community Health Ambassadors Network

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

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...

Please share your Risk Assessments!

From reading your survey responses and talking to lots of charities, we understand that one of the key things needed to re-open, or continue to work safely, is to re-write your risk assessments.

*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.

We’re launching our ‘Make your Mark’ programme

We are providing FREE training and support on monitoring and evaluation to the voluntary and community sector in Southwark.

Our New Strategy

The board and staff have been working extremely hard on creating our new strategy.

Support for ethnic minority groups

We are delighted to receive 6-months funding from the London Community Response Fund (Wave 3) to employ a dedicated Development Officer (ethnic minority groups).

We’ve been awarded the IIP We Invest In People award!

Investors in People is delighted to award Community Southwark, the we invest in people, standard accreditation.

What we learnt from the Southwark Community Action Network meeting

We had a great turnout at the Southwark CAN meeting with over 64 attendees. Find out what we learnt during the meeting here...

Why and how you should put monitoring and evaluation back on your agenda

For organisations who have been able to keep operating, the last few months have been busy and keeping track of that work might be the last thing you want to think about.