The communities division works to create opportunities for local people to get involved with the services and decision making of the council.
The main areas of our work are:
- providing funding and support for voluntary and community groups
- working with tenants and residents to manage and improve our housing
- championing local issues through the borough’s five community councils
- building links and support amongst our new and minority ethnic communities
- promoting civic pride and community cohesion through events and projects
- supporting continuous improvement and consistency in all the councils our consultation and engagement work
- talking to our communities to ensure people who live and work in the borough are able to shape and influence our services and strategies
- ensuring the needs of our diverse communities are accounted for in the work that we do
Our community engagement work is supported by a number of key principles (pdf, 72kb)
Who we are
The Communities unit is made up of three teams.
Community engagement team
Our five Community councils are an important part of the council's decision making process. We closely with elected members and the community to identify relevant themes and topics for the meetings, as well as managing community funding streams.
We work with the Mayor of Southwark as custodians of civic pride and champions of community cohesion. We support the mayor as First Citizen and ambassador for the borough and also lead the council's ceremonial events such as the Southwark Civic Awards, Remembrance Sunday and Holocaust Memorial Day.
We also work closely with residents to help deliver our ambitious target to provide 11,000 new council homes.
Community support team
We organise funding programmes, including Community Capacity annual grants, Community Legal Advice contracts, Tenant Fund, Healthwatch and the Joint Security Initiative. We help tenants and residents develop themselves, contribute to their communities and get involved in decisions about their homes and neighbourhoods.
The team also co-ordinates the delivery of the no recourse to public funds service. You can find out more by going to our voluntary and community sector support page.
Resident involvement team
We help tenants and residents improve their contribution to their communities and participate in decision making and the management of their homes and neighbourhoods. We offer advice and guidance to established and start-up tenants and residents associations and run a comprehensive residents’ training programme. Our two resource centres, Taplow (Walworth) and Albrighton (East Dulwich) offer computing facilities, free internet access and printing.
We are the key point of contact for local associations to obtain advice and support, ranging from constitutional and finance matters through to training and recognition advice. We empower our tenants to fully participate in managing their homes while bringing a sense of community to their local area. We welcome queries from any resident group.
We work with new and established Tenant Management Organisations (TMOs), who deliver housing management services through resident led companies on behalf of the council
Page last updated: 24 July 2018