We support charities, community groups and individuals through capacity building, volunteering and social action.
We strive for a Southwark in which all communities and individuals can fulfil and exceed their potential.
We empower local people and voluntary organisations, with the tools they need, to work together in creating a borough that works for everyone.
our commitment to respecting diversity and promoting equality
putting Southwark communities at the heart of everything we do
We work with individuals and organisations, to sustain and support communities to thrive, and have the following long-term objectives:
Everything we do contributes to supporting all Voluntary Sector Organisations (VCOs), communities and individuals in Southwark to work together to improve practice, shape futures and change lives for the better.
Our long-term strategic objectives correspond with the Common Purpose, Common Cause. Southwark’s Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy 2017-2022. “The strategy is guided by a compelling vision and a clear, common purpose: To support a sustainable, confident and resourceful voluntary and community sector that can work alongside the public and private sector to deliver the best outcomes for Southwark residents.”
Community Southwark aim to be the hub for the VCS (voluntary and community sector) and social action in Southwark. We are a place that anyone can come to for support to improve the community in which they live and/or work.
We believe we should be a leader for the sector. We are coordinating activities and bringing organisations together to tackle issues jointly at a borough-wide level and in local areas.
The impact of covid-19, a global pandemic, and demands for racial equality and social justice create an important context in which we are working. As a result, we have decided to create a short-term strategy for the next 18 months (Oct 2020 – Mar 2022) that will allow us to focus on a limited number of areas.
We believe that striving to achieve the below objectives, while continuing with our long-term work, will enable us to have the greatest impact for Southwark and its VCS during this time.
These are all underpinned by our purpose. Community Southwark exists to facilitate, support, represent and co-ordinate the assets of the VCS in order to ensure a resilient and strong sector achieving the best outcomes for everyone. In addition, when next reviewing our strategy we will consider an additional objective around climate change.
Outcome 1: For Community Southwark to become an example of good practice for local VCS in matters of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Outcome 2: Increased capacity, capability and representation of ethnic minority groups in Southwark.
Outcome 3: More VCS groups taking proactive steps to include underrepresented groups as their volunteers, staff and trustees.
Outcome 1: Increased understanding of the changed needs of the sector and support to increase its resilience and the wellbeing of its workforce.
Outcome 2: Increased collaboration within the sector.
Outcome 3: VCS groups better able to serve their beneficiaries post covid-19.
Outcome 1: We will gain a full understanding of our finances and run small surplus budgets in order to gradually rebuild our reserves.
Outcome 2: We will gain a better understanding of the impact that we are having.
Outcome 3: We will review all our internal policies and practices.
Outcome 4: We will increase work satisfaction of our staff.
Community Southwark does so much, but it is often hard to explain to someone what a CVS is, this helpful video explains it all simply and clearly.
We are a membership organisation governed by the Board of Trustees in line with our articles of association; day to day work is conducted by a dedicated staff team.