‘Boys Development Programme’ (2 years from August 2019)
Being delivered at a critical time for young people in Southwark, this innovative programme will work with boys and young men from 3 primaries and one secondary school in Bermondsey/Rotherhithe to support them to manage the transition to secondary school. Participants will develop conflict resolution skills, emotional literacy, and build relationships with peers and teachers.
My Social Southwark (1 year from June 2019)
My Social will develop a calendar of age-friendly and diverse activities for older people. Developing a membership of users, and facilitated by a team of volunteers, this programme will encourage older people to be active, to reconnect with things they loved to do, to have fun and build strong friendships. The project will also pilot a new online platform, Sparko, for those less able to go out and about. It will enable older people to connect remotely to many activities through simple, TV-based technology.
The Posh Club (2 years from April 2019)
Following its ‘sell-out’ run down the Walworth Road in 2018, we are supporting The Posh Club to deliver their risqué and fun performance club for older people. Featuring up-and-coming new artists, and guaranteeing that everybody comes out with a smile, the Posh Club will deliver two further runs in 2019 and ‘20. Keep an eye on our website for dates and venues.
Positive Ageing in North Southwark (1 year from April 2019)
A project also focused on older people, ‘Positive Ageing’ will deliver a programme of activities, outreach and befriending for those living in the Borough and Bankside area. It aims to reduce social isolation and increase wellbeing by enabling older residents to be active and feel included in the community.
Shaping Southwark’s Future (2 years from November 2018)
A partnership between United St Saviour’s Charity, Grosvenor, British Land, Southwark Construction Skills Centre and Construction Youth Trust to make strategic connections between schools, construction employers and other stakeholders and ensure that young people benefit directly from the jobs and skills opportunities created by the regeneration in the north of Southwark.
Better Futures (2 years from October 2018)
Project to improve the future prospects of women and their children affected by domestic violence, and children and young people from low income households. Individuals will receive practical help, build self-confidence and self-worth, find new friends and gain a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
Connecting communities for positive ageing in North Southwark (1 year from September 2018)
50 older residents in North Southwark will be connected with volunteers and with the wider community through befriending, social groups offering gentle exercise and sharing information about positive ageing.
‘An Engine of Community’ (2 years from September 2018)
Supporting Time & Talents to deliver its vision of being ‘an engine of community’: building a happy, healthy, supportive community, where everyone is included. T&T will run a huge range of projects, activities and support focused on both individual and community needs.
‘A Settlement for the 21st Century’ (2 years from September 2018)
To support Pembroke House to build a new settlement model for the 21st Century, underpinned by values that have been central to the settlement movement over the past 130 years.
The Lives of Bankside Residents’ (1 year from September 2018)
Oral history and public film project capturing the lives of local residents, their memories, experiences and opinions in order to influence change in Bankside.
St Mary Newington Project (2 years from September 2018)
Expansion of the Charity’s services at its Kennington centre. It will offer advice and advocacy, English language and skills training, a women’s group, art sessions, a crèche, and food and emergency support to improve the life chances of particularly vulnerable and disadvantaged people within North Southwark.
Learning for Change (2 years from August 2018)
Training Southwark migrants in English skills and community organising in order to build their capacity to improve their own lives and take action to address issues such as unsafe and precarious housing, exploitation at work or lack of migrants’ rights.
Planning Voice (1 year from August 2018)
The project will support and empower local people from disadvantaged communities in north Southwark to influence physical developments affecting their local environment. It will enable residents to be effectively involved in planning decisions and ensure that they are supported with mitigation measures where affected negatively by developments. A specialist caseworker will provide group training sessions on planning and licensing issues for local residents. It will work on an outreach basis in the premises of partner agencies and local groups. 10 ‘expert’ volunteers, largely drawn from the local community, will support the work of the project and ensure skills transfer for the future. Pro-bono input will be secured from planning or legal experts living or working elsewhere in Southwark.
‘Silverfit Fun and Fitness’ (1 year from July 2018)
The grant will continue Silverfit’s exercise and keep fit programme for older people in venues across north Southwark. It is supporting the provision of additional exercise activities – including Nordic walking, walking basketball and yoga -at its existing venues at Burgess Park, London South Bank University and Millwall. But Silverfit is more than just exercise classes for over 65, the sense of community and mutual support is reducing isolation and improving health and wellbeing.
Business Readiness Programme for Migrant and Ethnic Businesses (1 year from June 2018)
Migrant and ethnic businesses are an integral part of the Elephant and Castle community; they provide goods at reasonable prices, services in specific languages, act as information centres and meeting points for the local population. Regeneration plans may lead to commercial displacement and further marginalisation of the local community. The project will provide tailored ‘business readiness’ support to the small migrant and ethnic businesses affected by the regeneration. It will increase their ability to take advantage of discounted retail rents within the new shopping centre and/or successful relocation. This project addresses a widespread challenge – in Southwark and beyond – and has the potential to be rolled out to other areas.
Latin American Community Advice & Integration (2 years from April 2018)
Continuation funding for work supporting Latin American residents to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life through money management and employment. From 2018, the project will incorporate English-speaking residents to allow the development of closer links between the communities.
South London Cares in north Southwark (2 years from April 2018)
70 vibrant social clubs bringing at least 140 older neighbours and 500 young people together to share time, laughter and new experiences; reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older and younger people alike; deepen neighbours’ connection, resilience and power; and expand activity and relationships across social and generational divides in rapidly-changing north Southwark.
Creative Volunteers Chart the Mayflower (2 years from January 2018)
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower leaving the UK to take settlers to America. In the run up to this event, the grant will create opportunities for local people to research, discuss and creatively develop workshops relating to the voyage. Delivered in community settings, the workshops will animate the story in a way that is relevant, accessible and fun. It will build intergenerational connections and community ownership of the Mayflower anniversary. Importantly, it will stimulate debate and awareness around the themes of migration and religious tolerance.
Southwark Older LGBT Connect (2 years from October 2017)
The grant is funding the provision of a wide range of services to isolated older LGBT people living in north Southwark, in partnership with local providers and networks. The support will include social, health and wellbeing activities, befriending, signposting to care services, volunteering opportunities, health and information events and providing training to local service providers.
Walworth Community Gardening Network (2 years from September 2017)
The grant is funding a project co-ordinator to establish a permanent network of community gardening projects in Walworth’s housing estates, streets and community centres that provide mutual aid, support and sharing of best practice to local residents in gardening and food growing skills. The project will include on-site gardening training days at estates & centres, an annual gardening conference and annual Garden Show in Walworth.
Bump to Babe (2 years from June 2017)
Child poverty is high in north Southwark and this project seeks to reduce its negative impact among higher risk households. Good early years development is essential for successful life progression. ‘Bump to Babe’ trains local volunteers who build relationships with, and provide support to, new parents who are particularly high risk, helping them negotiate the significant challenges they experience in the first months of having a baby. It particularly helps to ensure a good bond essential for healthy development and emotional health. UStSC funding is taking the existing tried and tested ‘Bump to Babe’ model one step further by providing training and paid work experience for the local volunteers – paving the way for family support careers.
Universal Credit Mitigation Project
Universal Credit was introduced to some Southwark claimants in early 2017, with full roll-out starting in September. Administration problems have resulted in financial and emotional stress for many claimants, and a surge in demand on advice agencies who are struggling to keep up. The Universal Credit Mitigation Project was developed by United St Saviour’s in discussion with key local agencies. It is investing additional funds into a consortium of local agencies over the next critical 12 months of roll-out. Southwark Law Centre and Citizens Advice Southwark will be able to increase advice and support available, and Advising Communities will lead the research into how different groups are affected, and the most effective ways of supporting them.
Young Vic Unpacked (2018)
Drawing on the Chicago experiences of the Young Vic’s incoming Creative Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, this exciting new project will take world-class theatre to community hubs in Southwark. Frank Wedekind’s challenging play ‘Spring Awakening’ tackles issues around emerging sexuality, mental health, and relationships and will be performed in the venues of several longstanding UStSC partners including Pembroke House and The Salmon Centre.
Great Get Together Bankside 2018
The Great Get Together is a large street festival at Union Street and Redcross Way that celebrates the wonderful area of Bankside through a variety of entertainment and activities for local people of all ages.
David Idowu Peace Event 2018
Community event open to all in Tabard Gardens, SE1, to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of David Idowu and all young people lost to violent crime.
Musicity Southwark 2018
Musicity Southwark 2018 will celebrate the music, diverse community, history and architecture of north Southwark with the release of 7 new and exclusive pieces of music by local artists at various locations, plus a series of related tours and talks.
The Castle Place Project (2017-18)
The project aims to create a new neighbourhood hub and social space for Elephant and Castle residents, including a community centre, studios and workspaces, a cafe and community kitchen on the sites of two former working timber and light industrial yards.
Young Marketeers (2017-19)
The successful Young Marketeers programme has been running since 2013. Over this period it has reached over 10,000 children in north Southwark and Bermondsey, with £3,018 raised for FareShare (enabling them to produce 12,072 meals for vulnerable families). Working through schools to grow and cook food for sale, the programme addresses several important local issues – it brings the local community into Borough Market, and works towards reduction of health inequalities and childhood obesity by increasing knowledge of healthy eating and cooking. It also helps to reduce food poverty and waste, and builds trading and entrepreneurial skills for young people. School Food Matters will build on its success to run 5 new sales – one of which will focus on celebrating diversity across north Southwark’s diverse population.
‘Sticking with Young People’ (2017-19)
Many young people growing up in Bermondsey face ongoing challenges and obstacles that negatively impact their health, wellbeing and development. These stem from factors including poverty and worklessness amongst parents, lack of family stability and positive male role models, exposure to violence, abuse, alcohol and substance misuse – and stressful life circumstances. In an environment of reducing local services for young people, the project will continue delivery of effective and innovative youth work to 1,000 vulnerable young people who access the Salmon Centre over a 2 year period. It will also develop a range of new interventions that respond to the changing needs of young people.
‘Community Green Champions’ (2016-18)
The grant is funding a Community Development Worker to recruit, train and support 10 ‘Community Green Champions’ – local people from social housing estates who are passionate about community gardening and food growing – to create or improve at least 6 green space sites in Bankside.