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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.

Southwark’s Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage Alliance (R.E.A.C.H)

Challenging systemic racial barriers whilst empowering Black and minority ethnic communities to flourish.

Southwark’s Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage (R.E.A.C.H) Alliance is a new network for voluntary and community sector organisations and community groups led by a majority Black and minority ethnic teams, and/or serving predominantly Black and minority ethnic communities, and not for profit social enterprises working for the benefit of their local communities.

See below for the latest updates, news & events relating to the R.E.A.C.H Alliance!


Summary of most recent R.E.A.C.H. Alliance Meeting

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Terms of Reference

R.E.A.C.H network is based on Community Southwark’s existing network model. The Networks are designed to encourage peer support between community groups and organisations of different sizes and stages of their development and are facilitated by Community Southwark to ensure that they are plugged in...

R.E.A.C.H Aims & Objectives

Improving the visibility of the REACH Alliance within the sector and increasing activity on relevant statutory / sector platforms



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.

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).

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).