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Southwark Voice

Southwark Voice is a network of networks; a gathering of representatives/chairs of networks representing the voluntary and community sector in Southwark who are elected by their peers and have the mandate to speak on behalf of the sector.

Southwark Voice is an independent group of Representatives from networks of voluntary organisations, community groups and active citizens working in Southwark.

The purpose of Southwark Voice is to provide a strong, coherent voice for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Southwark. 

Southwark Voice meets quarterly and its agenda is focused on progressing the recommendations in the State of the Sector report HERE. It hears updates from the working groups for funding, premises, and statutory partners relationships at every meeting.

Recent meetings have also discussed:

  • successfully making the case for some inflationary uplift in grant and contract funding from the council – more details HERE,
  • influencing Partnership Southwark’s £100k for funding differently (core, unrestricted, light touch, with decisions made by the VCS) – more details HERE.
  • targeted support for Grass Roots Groups (highlighted in State of the Sector),
  • the VCS premises perspective about the council’s Land Commission with the relevant Council Cabinet Member.


Community Southwark
run VCS Networks
CS facilitated Area
Non-CS run VCS Networks:
Children's, Families and Young People's Network
Nicole Bennett Blake
Verinder Mander
Creative Network
Luisa Ulyett
Disabilities Providers Network
David Stock
Community Anchor and Settlements
Mike Wilson
Forum for Equalities and Human Rights
Chris Green and Tim Clark
Latin American Network
Jhon Marulanda Garzan
Women's Group
Ola Olive Oluturoti
Financial Inclusion Forum
Chris Green and Tim Clark
Mental Health Network
Grace Smith
Homelessness Forum
Sally Causer
Older People's Network
Cathy Deplessis and Lara Daniel
Southwark Funders Forum
Sarah Thurman
Safeguarding Leaders Network
Diana Holfer
Southwark Legal Advice Network
Tim Clark
Southwark R.E.A.C.H. Alliance
Doreen Sinclair
Southwark LGBT Network
Nathan Lewis
Sports and Physical Activity Network
Andrew Payne
Southwark Planning Network
Eileen Conn
Volunteer Managers Network
Southwark Refugees Communities Forum
Eltayeb Hassan
Southwark Food Action Alliance
Trin Gong
Southwark Culture Health and Wellbeing Partnership (SCHWeP)
Cedric Whilby
Social Prescribing Network