At Community Southwark we provide a range of services all designed to equip Southwark voluntary & community groups with tools & info to make a difference in their communities.

We are working to make sure you have the most up-to-date resources, so please keep checking back for new additions.

Procurement with Southwark Council

Information and guidance on how VCS groups can engage with local procurement and win contracts to deliver services

Cost of Living Crisis: A Guide to Support Available in Southwark

Southwark Council leaflet listing sources of support - both from themselves and other bodies - for individuals struggling financially.

Southwark Funding Conference 2022 – Recordings and Resources

You can now catch up with all the sessions from this year's Funding Conference, along with the associated slides and resources. Featuring a look at recent Council funding reviews, local funders and tips on improving your applications.

Business Continuity Guidance for Organisations

At its simplest, business continuity is about coping with disruption. Please see our guidance to help you.

Evaluation and Impact

Find out how to measure the impact of your work and maximise the difference you're making!

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The aim of these resources is to support long-term change in organisations by providing a range of materials to support understanding, education and most importantly action.

Governance and Leadership

We have produced a number of useful resources to support your good governance & leadership

Income Generation and Fundraising

We have produced a number of resources to help your organisation with income generation.

Managing your finances

Some helpful resources on financial management and how to build your charity's defences against fraud

FREE business advice and mentoring for small charities

Make the most of expertise and guidance from corporate volunteers, designed to help your small charities or business thrive.

FREE digital, data or design advice: Digital Candle from Catalyst

One hour of free digital advice from sector experts - no restriction on what you can ask, no question is 'too big', 'too small' or 'too obvious'!

FREE data analysis and support: Pro Bono Economics

PBE can provide charities with pro bono support from a dedicated volunteer economist to help them with their data needs - such as analysis or visualisation, spreadsheet tasks or short pieces of research.

FREE HR advice helpline: Populo

The social enterprise Populo is offering free HR telephone advice to small charities and social enterprises.

FREE property help for voluntary groups: Ethical Property Foundation

The Ethical Property Foundation works with Community Southwark to provide a free premises and property advice for groups in Southwark.

FREE charity legal advice helpline: Russell-Cooke Solicitors

The law firm Russell-Cooke works with Community Southwark to provide a free telephone helpline for Community Southwark members. The helpline allows members to have a short telephone conversation with a legal professional on issues relating to running a charity,

FREE legal advice helpline: DK Legal

Solicitor David Kirby, at DK Legal, has provides a free legal advice helpline for organisations within the Community Southwark network. Book a 30 minute telephone consultation on issues from compliance to releasing restricted funds.

Starting up a non-profit or community group

Starting up a new community group is an exciting undertaking and not one to be taken lightly. There are many reasons why people wish to start up their own organisation: to fulfil a need in the community that is not being met; to develop a project that has started informally or to develop a new venture or business idea in the charitable sector.


In this section you will find various guides on how to influence different stakeholders; such as local councillors, council officers and MPs.

Information about Southwark

If you need help with finding strategic data and info about Southwark we will be sharing some here - (Published 9 Nov 2021)

Indices of Multiple Deprivation in Southwark – Map

This map shows the 10, 15, 20 and 30% most deprived areas in Southwark, which are areas that some funders are particularly interested in.