Change Please

‘Change Please Cafe and Training Centre’ (2 years from September 2019)

Launch of a new Training Academy and Centre of Excellence in Lendlease’s Elephant Park development in Elephant and Castle which works to increase the life chances and opportunities of people experiencing homelessness and multiple disadvantages. Change Please is expanding its award-winning model; providing a London Living Wage job, training, support with mental wellbeing, housing and helping people to open bank accounts.

Young Vic

8196 Humans (2019-20)

8196 Humans will work with Southwark Travellers Action Group (STAG) across four travelling communities in Southwark on devising and performing a piece of theatre which celebrates their identity and place in modern day London. Participants will attend workshops over four months culminating in a performance at the Young Vic and a Bronze Arts Award (the equivalent of a GCSE in Art). Photography credit: Rehearsal photos by Marc Brenner.

Opening Doors London

Southwark Older LGBT Connect (2 years from October 2019)

Continuation of Opening Doors London’s grant to provide 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.

Salmon Youth Centre

‘Intensive support for high-risk young people in north Southwark’ (2 years from September 2019)

This 2 year grant will enable the Salmon Centre team to provide intensive support to young people facing the highest levels of disadvantage, risk and need. Sports, arts and other activities will help to boost health and wellbeing and academic achievement. Alongside this, Salmon will provide mentoring, training and employment opportunities, and mediation between families and young people when relationships break down.

Power 2

‘Power 2 Southwark’ (2 years from September 2019)

This grant will support the charity, Power2, to improve aspirations, confidence, attainment and wellbeing for 64 disadvantaged young people and reduce risk of exclusion over 2 years. Phase 1, Teens and Toddlers, involves the teenagers (selected by schools) mentoring children in a nursery/primary school setting whilst completing a qualification in Interpersonal Skills. The Young Leaders follow-on concentrates on increasing employability and improving life skills.

Link Age Southwark

Continuing to connect communities for positive ageing in North Southwark (2 years from September 2019)

Also a 2 year grant, this will support Link Age to connect older people to local communities through activities and befriending. Staff will assess older people at home and match them to a personalised package of support delivered by fully vetted and trained volunteers. The intervention is designed to prevent loneliness and social isolation, and foster a stronger local community where older people feel respected, supported and a part of the life going on around them.

Surrey Docks Farm

‘Tower and Riverfront Development – Phase 2′ (1 year from September 2019)

This capital grant will enable the Farm to complete its Tower and Riverfront Development. This ambitious and exciting development will restore and upgrade the Farm’s Tower, River Room and surrounding landscape to create an engaging and accessible new facility for the whole community – and many other local groups – to use and enjoy.

Southside Young Leaders Academy

‘Southside Young Leaders Academy core grant’ (3 months from August 2019)

Core grant to an organisation playing an important role in reducing serious youth violence in Southwark.

Home Start Southwark

‘Family Support at Home & Mellow Parenting Programme’ (2 years from July 2019)

This 3 year core grant will enable Home Start to deliver targeted early intervention for marginalised children and families through a peer support network. Staff and volunteers work with parents to make changes that improve their lives and help prevent adverse childhood experiences.  With the support of a volunteer, families develop the skills to access services, counter isolation, build confidence and develop strong bonds with their children.


‘Silverfit Southwark’ (1 year from July 2019)

This continuation, one year grant, will sustain Silverfit’s dynamic and popular programe of sports and social activities for older people.  Weekly fitness and social sessions of Nordic Walking, Pilates, Yoga and Cheerleading will be held in Burgess Park, Docklands and Castle Leisure Centre for free or at low-cost. Delivered by a combination of staff and enthusiastic volunteers, the programme improves the health and wellbeing of older people and builds connections and friendships.

Southwark Law Centre

Planning Voice (1 year from July 2019)

This one year grant will continue the important work being carried out by the Law Centre, in partnership with the Southwark Planning Network, to enable local people and groups to influence the planning process.  It will build the capacity and knowledge and of local groups, and empower residents from more economically and socially disadvantaged communities to have a voice on planning and regeneration issues.

Future Men

‘Boys Development Programme’ (2 years from September 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.

Age UK Lewisham & Southwark

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.

Blackfriars Settlement

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.

Bede House

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.

Time and Talents Centre

‘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.

Pembroke House

‘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.

Living Bankside

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.

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers

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.

English For Action

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.

South London Cares

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.

London Bubble

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.

Previous grants

Walworth Society

Walworth Community Gardening Network (2017-19)

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.

Latin Elephant

Business Readiness Programme for Migrant and Ethnic Businesses (2018-19)

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.

Advising Communities

Latin American Community Advice & Integration (2018-2019)

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 incorporated English-speaking residents to allow the development of closer links between the communities.

Young Vic

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.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust

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 Foundation

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.

Lamlash Garden Association

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.

School Food Matters

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.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust

‘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.