This week we're celebrating Giving Tuesday!

This week we're celebrating Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a day of global giving across the UK to celebrate and encourage giving in all its forms! 

Our charities in Southwark and local groups transform lives everyday. Days like Giving Tuesday are here to remind everyone of that incredible work.

Every act of giving has a story - tell us yours!

So whether you’ve been helped by someone, want to share your story of giving or how it makes you feel... we would love to hear about it.  

Tell us your story in the comments below, or go on TwitterInstagram or Facebook using the hashtag #SouthwarkGiving. Don't forget to tag us! @cosouthwark 

Great examples of local giving! 

Southwark Stars

At our annual volunteer awards, Southwark Stars, many people were celebrated for selflessly giving over 100 hours of their time to help charities and community groups in the borough!

 

Our 2019 Charity of the Year' award went to Disability Sports Coach. Disability Sports Coach provides a vital network of support for disabled adults, children, families and carers in the borough. Their clubs encourage long-term behaviour change, with over 70% of participants having doubled their weekly activity, improving their health and wellbeing. Their clubs are vital at helping disabled people feel less isolated, improving their mental health and wellbeing.

Read some of the wonderful stories of our 2019 Southwark Stars winners, and the impact they have made to those around them. 

Our Southwark Giving

Our Southwark Giving programme is a placed-based giving scheme which was set up to find new ways to address hidden and unmet local community needs. It enables people to give time, skills and/ or money to help make a difference to people’s lives.

We have recently tested a philanthropic Pilot Programme to test a new innovative cross-sector model of support. This offers a support package of blended financial and non-financial resources to small local community organisations in Southwark to help further the impact of grassroot services.

Richard from Mindbench, a leading global recruitment firm, ran an Employability Skills Workshop which was attended by a group of people on Pecan's Journey2work programme. Richard took the participants through CV, Cover Letter and Application writing tips and examples. It was very personalised and the participants received individual attention, they all commented that it was a really useful workshop.

Our Southwark Giving programme is also funding London Bubble for the Young Theatre Makers workshop, a 12 week programme training programme which engages young people aged 18 – 24 who are in not in full time education or employment. It supports them to devise a brand new piece of touring theatre on themes young people feel ‘we [society] need to act on’. This is culminating in a performance on the 10th of Dec.

 

Get involved! 

There is no 'one way' to give or make a positive contribution. Here are a few ideas to get you started!  

  • Be Kind – It's very easy to feel lonely in this busy world. How about take some time to say hello to a neighbour, help someone with their shopping, check in on someone who is a risk of isolation 

  • Volunteer – Charities and community groups are always looking for an extra pair of hands, or someone to volunteer their skills. There are many ways you can offer our time or skills to help various people and communities. Have a look at volunteering opportunities here or book an appointment with our volunteer advisor to get you started. 

  • Donate – This donation can be of any amount to a charity/cause of your choice. We have a directory of Southwark groups on our website for you to browse through. No matter how small or big the amount, every little helps! 

Visit the Giving Tuesday website for more information and inspiration on how you can get involved in giving today!

 

 

 

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