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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

Can you help us engage men living or working in Southwark, aged 45-60, who identify as black, black Caribbean, black African or black British?

Community Southwark is working with Southwark Council to facilitate insight workshops into how the Adult Weight Management Service can meet the needs of men in Southwark. 

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.

Community Health Ambassadors Network

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