Published 30 April 2021


Our Q4 2020/21 Monitoring Report (long term objectives) is aligned with our Oct 2020 - Mar 22 Strategy. 

The above document reflects the long-term objectives, outcomes and outputs of our 2020-2022 strategy which cover three broad areas:

  • VCS Support and Representation
  • Volunteering Support
  • Social Action Support

This work, unless otherwise specified in this document, is supported by the Southwark Council through their contract with us for Council of Voluntary Services. This report serves as our monitoring report with the Council and is also shared with our members via Community Southwark website in order to demonstrate how we are meeting (or not) our long-term strategic aims and objectives.

The global covid-19 pandemic continued to dominate not just the daily headlines but also most of our work. Responding to the national lockdown we organised a Staying Connected. Staying Safe Conference on 19th January 2021. Over 100 people booked to take part and more importantly over 70 attended providing a lot of positive feedback afterwards; follow up resources are available under https://www.communitysouthwark.org/conference-follow-up-staying-connected-staying-safe. We were proud to help recruit volunteer for both local vaccination sites and to secure access to covid-19 vaccination for all local VCS front line workers from February 2021 onwards (https://www.communitysouthwark.org/News/covid-vaccination-for-frontline-vcs-staff-and-volunteers).

We would like to thank all those of our members (almost 120) who took part in our Annual Membership Survey https://www.communitysouthwark.org/News/thank-you-we-had-responses-for-our-annual-members-survey. Full results will be available in June 2021 and shared via our website, e-bulletins and Q1 2021-2022 report.

We are glad that and that the number of our member organisation continues to grow. If you are interested in joining please visit https://www.communitysouthwark.org/become-a-member. Information about membership benefits is under https://www.communitysouthwark.org/membership-benefits and https://www.communitysouthwark.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=6a75366b-3a8e-4973-973b-9d13c5e507e6   

VCS Support and Representation

We now run 15 different networks for the local VCS:

  • Children, Families and Young People Network
  • Creative Network Southwark
  • Disabilities Providers Network
  • Mental Health Network
  • Latin American Network
  • Older People’s Network
  • Safeguarding Leaders Network
  • Small Groups Network
  • Social Prescribing Network
  • Southwark Community Action Network
  • Southwark Food Action Alliance
  • Southwark R.E.A.C.H. Alliance (Race, Equality and Cultural Heritage)
  • Sports and Physical Activities Network
  • Universal Credit Network
  • Volunteer Managers Network

Most of the networks reviewed their terms and conditions and elected new chairs over the last 3-6 months and have now regular quarterly meetings. For further info visit https://www.communitysouthwark.org/Listing/Category/alt-listing-page 

Also, the number of our thematic e-bulletins continues to grow and we try to gradually list them all under https://www.communitysouthwark.org/ebulletins. To subscribe to any of them, please visit https://www.communitysouthwark.org/newsletters

We ensured that the local VCS is represented at the different cells of Partnership Southwark https://www.communitysouthwark.org/News/get-involved-and-represent-your-area-of-work-at-partnership-southwark and at the different Safeguarding Boards https://www.communitysouthwark.org/southwark-council.

We gathered and shared feedback and reflections from the VCS concerning the previous Disability Hub procurement process https://www.communitysouthwark.org/News/disability-hub-procurement and supported efforts of the National Census https://www.communitysouthwark.org/News/census-in-southwark-2021-getting-support

In total over 2020/21, the VCS Support team has supported 145 organisations and delivered 19 training sessions. In addition, we continued to provide 1:1 casework, signposting and we also updated a range of resources on our website https://www.communitysouthwark.org/Listing/Category/alt-resources

Volunteering Support

Thank you to all our members who continue to support our team with the review of the Volunteering Strategy. To find out the latest or get involved, please visit https://www.communitysouthwark.org/southwark-volunteer-strategy-1

Social Action Support

A well-attended and reflective Communities in Focus event took place at the end of March 2021. The audio of the event was edited and uploaded to the website as a podcast which you can listen to here.

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