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


Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important in their communities. It can include volunteering, giving money, community action or simple neighbourly acts.

Through the commitment and skill of citizens, social action can empower communities, help people in need, and complement public services. Taking part in social action is also associated with higher levels of wellbeing, and can improve people’s confidence and skills.

Browse this page to find ways to get involved, whether that’s through our resources or an advice appointment, and read our news and events listings.

Southwark Pensioners Action Group (SPAG) create pledges for the local elections

Southwark Pensioners Action Group (SPAG) creates pledges for the local elections

How you can support Ukraine and Ukrainians during this crisis

Fact sheet on how people can support the Ukraine and Ukrainians during this crisis

Free BikeFix Fridays!

Free Bike Fix Fridays

Southwark News cover latest CAN event on influencing during the local elections

Southwark News covers the latest CAN event on influencing during the local elections

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.

SE1 Stories exhibition

SE1 Stories exhibition is now in person and online.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for vaccination sites!

An opportunity to help with the Covid-19 booster drive in Southwark and London.

Afghanistan Appeal: Help in Southwark needed!

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

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).

HeadStart | FREE Skills Development Workshops for 16-18 year olds in Southwark

HeadStart is a free programme of 10 workshops designed to support 16-18 year olds to develop their skills and experience, ready for their future! Starts June 23th.

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.

Census in Southwark 2021: Support is still available Getting support

Not sure what you need to do? Read this article to learn more about how you can complete the Census - (published 2 Feb/ updated 21 April 2021)

THIS IS PECKHAM: Artists wanted for two external murals

Peckham Levels are looking to commission two external murals to welcome visitors back in May 2021. Deadline 3rd May.(Published 16th April 2021)

Love North Southwark have a message for you!

It's been a busy few weeks for Love North Southwark as we settle into our new home in Cherry Garden Hall.

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).

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).

High Streets for All Challenge. Are you interested in a local Southwark partnership?

Invitation to local partnerships to bring forward and co-design innovative high street recovery strategies and proposals - (published 25 March).

Join online discussions around vaccine hesitancy

ZPB ASSOCIATES really want to make covid vaccination safe and trusted for everyone living in South East London - (Published 24 March).

Single Parent Discrimination Research

Identifying a lack of research into single parent discrimination, the Single Parent Rights’ campaign undertook a piece of research late that year into single parents’ views and experiences of single parent discrimination.

London’s Poverty Profile – Check out stats for Southwark

Trust for London have published London’s Poverty Profile, which provides evidence on and insight into poverty and inequality in London - (published 19 March).

Social Entrepreneurs Programme

This programme has helped more than 2,000 people to start up, build and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations - (published 11 March).

Social Action Advice Surgery

Book a 30 minute, 1:1 appointment with our Social Action Advisor. Open to people living, working or volunteering in Southwark, looking to be more active in their community.

Join the Southwark Community Action Network

Join the Southwark CAN and receive updates and information on social action in Southwark, as well as invitations to free training events run by our team and partners around Southwark and London.

Social Action Resources

Information and guides that will help you to get involved in your community!

International Women’s Day! (8 March)

International Women’s Day is an annual event dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women across the globe, as well as raise awareness and rally for equality - (published 8 March)

Our Canada Water Campaign

British Land are encouraging locals to share what Canada Water means to them.

Night Flight Consultation

Have your say in whether night flights should continue.

Volunteering and Social Action

Volunteering in the community is one of the best ways you can get involved. Read this page to learn more.

Support for LGBTQ+ People

If you are a LGBTQ+ person in need of support then have a look at some of the organisations offering help in Southwark - (published 18 Feb).

Covid-19 vaccines for London Homelessness Care and Support workers and volunteers

Covid-19 vaccines for London Homelessness Care and Support workers and volunteers.

Covid-19 vaccination films available in different languages

The NHS has produced Covid-19 vaccination films in different languages to encourage and promote the uptake of Covid-19 vaccination across Black Asian and minority ethnic communities and different faith groups.

Melodies for Mums: Post natal depression study

Melodies for Mums is a six-week on line singing programme that will research the impact of singing on the mental health of new mothers

Donations required for food bank, Love North Southwark!

Over the course of the recent pandemic, one food bank in North Southwark has sprung up to support local residents get through challenges. Now, this food bank needs your help!

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).

New projects coming to Southwark

Find out where the funds raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy are going to be spent.

Laptops for Learning – Southwark Campaign Launched

London South Teaching School Alliance has launched the Laptops for Learning campaign. Find out more or donate...

Help Protect Southwark’s Heritage

Find out how you can get involved in protecting Southwark's built environment.

Getting support and staying connected during lockdown

Find out what to do if you, or someone you know, needs support during lockdown.

New London Community Response Fund: Launching 14 Jan

New funding from the London Community Response is launching on 14 January.

Old Kent Road Area Action Plan Consultation

Southwark Council is consulting on the latest version of the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan from 11 January to 5 April 2021.

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

Community Researchers Wanted for Paid Local StreetSpace Project with Southwark Council

Southwark Council are working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity to deliver trial street changes in three neighbourhoods in Southwark. They are offering community researchers £1,000 for a 10-12 hour commitment per week for roughly 3 months.

Get Prepared: The census is taking place in March 2021!

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. It helps plan and fund public services, like transport, education and healthcare.

The London Peer Advisor Programme

The project is centred on the idea that everyone has the power to turn their life around, regardless of their situation.

Volunteering During a Lockdown

Find out how you can volunteer in Southwark, and help your community get through this lockdown.

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. "

The New Southwark Plan is moving onto the Examination in Public

The new Southwark Plan (NSP), a document that outlines the vision for Southwark over the next decade or so, now moves into the next stage of the approval process known as the Examination in Public (EiP).

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.

Join Community Southwark’s Network

Become a member of Community Southwark to get access to a range of resources, and be a part of a collective voice for Southwark’s Charitable Sector!

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...

Meet The Walworth Group

The Walworth Group are looking for new organisations to join them in their mission of guiding Walworth through an era of fast change.

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.

Access to allotments to be expanded in 2021

The Council is creating more opportunities for community gardening and food growing and is launching an Allotment Expansion Guarantee in 2021. Learn more here.

What do you think of social prescribing in Southwark?

The aim of social prescribing is to help people live their lives as well as possible by linking them to local advice and social activities to support health and wellbeing.

Southwark Climate Change Consultation

Tell Southwark Council what you think about their draft Climate Change Strategy.

The Southwark Community Hub – Supporting vulnerable people during the second lockdown

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have created a protocol on dealing with Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people. Read the new updates and advice here.

Empowering Communities

Empowering communities is a community engagement programme run by Southwark Council.

How does Southwark Council work?

Information on local democracy in Southwark, including councillors, MPs, Empowering Communities, and more.

Public Consultation Little Dorrit Park and Peace Garden, SE1

Southwark Council and Bankside Open Spaces Trust invites you to take part in the Little Dorrit and Peace Garden public consultation

Call for Donations! Kingswoods estate Covid-19 support initiative

The Ketra hall is setting up extra support for their residents in urgent need of food and essentials who are vulnerable

Petition to create improved consultation of Aylesham Centre in Peckham

Important questions about the current plans for the Aylesham Centre site have not yet been answered and more time is needed to devise ways for local people to understand the plans and make meaningful comments.

Community Health Ambassadors Network

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

Cleaner Greener Safer Capital Programme 2021/2 – Closing date for applications is on 4 October 2020

Do you have ideas for additions to your local area, such as children play spaces, planters, trees, or communal areas? You can send your ideas to Southwark Council.

Do you have good ideas for projects that will bring lasting benefit to your local area? – Neighbourhoods Fund 2021/22

Do you have good ideas for projects that will build strong communities and bring lasting benefit to your local area? The Neighbourhoods Fund may be able to help.

Planning, Development & Regeneration

The built environment affects the way we all live. Find information about policy, programmes, and legislation to help you navigate the world of planning and regeneration.

Southwark Area Profiles

Get involved and find more information about your area.

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...