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We are the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Southwark. We support charities, community groups and individuals through capacity building, networks and training.


Four members talk about Community Southwark’s impact

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

Call out to Southwark Council for Cost-of-Living Support for VCS

Community Southwark has sent a letter to Southwark Council to ask them to increase funding towards ‘currently funded’ Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) groups

A hello & Update from Jenni, our HR & Office Manager

Jenni, our HR & Office Manager, says hello and talks about why she works for Community Southwark.

Our Christmas Opening Hours

The Community Southwark office will be closed over the Christmas period, from: Monday 26 December 2022 to Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

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.

Healthwatch Southwark is recruiting for a Community Engagement Officer

Are you passionate about improving health and social care services for local people? Join our team!

You Said We Did! Report

Our You said we did report’ is complete! – You told us what you needed and we have worked our way through these requests over the year.

A hello & update from David, our VCS Support Officer (Ethnic Minorities)

David talks about his role and the next steps for his areas of work: "My mission is to make life for the BME community sector and its communities in Southwark more equal and fairer, so roll on 2023..."

Community Southwark AGM: 29 Nov 2022

It was lovely to see so many guests, we showed our Impact video and Report and some initial insights from our State of the Sector Survey

R.E.A.C.H. Alliance Network December End of Year Event

The event invites Southwark's BAME Voluntary and Community Sector to celebrate the network's success and focus on how BAME VCS can work together to tackle the Cost-of-Living Crisis.

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.

Warm Spaces in Southwark

Visit any of these organisations to take part in free activities, or just pop in for a tea and chat!

And our Prize Draw Winners are…!

Congratulations to the ten organisations for winning our £100 prize draw for completing the survey! And a BIG thank you to all.

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

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

Helen Raphael, Founder and Mindfulness Psychotherapist at HABITS of London CIC, tells us about the psychotherapeutic service which offers mindfulness-based programmes and integrative therapeutic treatments to combat mental and emotional health disorders.

Staff Hello and Update from Izzy

Staff Hello and Update from Izzy, our Healthwatch Southwark Community Health Ambassadors Officer.

We’re recruiting a Membership Outreach Officer to support Southwark voluntary & community organisations

The Membership Outreach Officer is an exciting role, working in the heart of communities in Southwark.

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.

We are looking for a new HR Trustee

We are looking for a new trustee with an understanding and specialism in HR to support and to advise the CEO.

Monitoring & Evaluation Support Sessions

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

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.

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...

Our Sept 2022 Member Spotlight is Glengall Wharf Garden!

Mariama Abudulai, Chair of Glengall Wharf Garden, tells us about this fantastic not for profit community organisation that cultivates food, learning and wellbeing through permaculture design and ethics.

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...

Complete our survey of services for voluntary groups to have a chance to win £50!

As part of the work of the Southwark Social Prescribing Network we are conducting a survey for all voluntary and community groups.

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 Mark, Creative Lives' Senior England Development and London Development Officer, tells us about their work, including their 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... 

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

Neighbourhood Networking – SE22+24

Bringing together charities and community groups in SE22+24 to build connections, share learning and discuss local challenges and successes.

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

Andrea Dementia is a Befriender Volunteer #2022VolunteersWeek!

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

Community Southwark Networking Roadshow!

Community Southwark will be coming to your area to run a series of networking events! Let's bring back the art of face-to-face conversations!!!!

Goodbye and thank you Chris!

A goodbye and thank you to Chris our Director...

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..."

Please keep helping the people of Ukraine

Information with useful links, information and guidance for UK hosts supporting Ukrainians and for Ukrainians arriving in the UK has been set up.

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"

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.

Our May 2022 Hustings event in Southwark News

Local elections 2022: Councillors grilled at hustings event for black, Latin-American and Minority Ethnic Communities.

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!!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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).

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.