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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.


Book an appointment with one of our VCS Support Officers to discuss your organisation’s development and/or any challenges you’re having.

Appointments are open to Community Southwark members. If you are unsure whether your organisation is a member, check our Member Database.

Sessions can cover:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Governance & Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Income Generation & Fundraising
  • Planning
  • Safeguarding
  • Ideas for Collaboration
  • Setting Up

Appointments for BAME-led groups

One of our VCS Support Officers, David Reid, is dedicated to supporting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic-led groups in the borough.

If you identify as such, please book an appointment for BAME-led groups via the website below.


Appointment times

Tuesdays – in person at our Bermondsey offices

  • BAME-led groups: 11am-12pm, 3pm-4pm
  • Other groups: 10.30am-12pm

Thursdays – online via Microsoft Teams

  • BAME-led groups: 2-4pm
  • Other groups: 10-11.30am


Additional Information

Community Southwark Members are entitled to up to 5 hours of FREE one-to-one support per year. This support appointment and any follow up work will be deducted from your organisational support allowance.

Our service is intended to help you develop the skills to run your organisation effectively and sustainably. We are not able to do work such as writing funding applications for you, but we are able to give suggestions and provide support throughout the process.

If you need us to help you with a funding application or other piece of work to meet a deadline, we ask that you provide a minimum of two weeks’ notice.



If you are unable to attend an appointment for any reason, please do let us know as soon as possible. There are a limited number of appointments available per week so we may be able to offer your spot to another group looking for tailored support.

We will provide a minimum of 48 hours’ notice if we need to cancel a booked session (unless the cancellation is due to an emergency or ill health).


Book your appointment

Book online via Microsoft Bookings