United St Saviour’s Charity is excited to be playing a lead role in the development of a Giving Scheme for Southwark.

Southwark’s ‘Giving’ scheme will transform lives and opportunities for young people in the borough. It will do this through collective action that responds to the lived experiences of disadvantaged young people. It will mobilise businesses, funders, community groups and residents to give their time, money, networks and influence to level the playing field.

It is part of a wider ‘Giving’ movement – across London and beyond – that is making change through collaboration.  At the heart of this movement is a belief in the power and potential of place, partnership and citizen voice to change things for the better, and for the long term.

With 4 years of confirmed funding from the City Bridge Trust, Southwark’s Giving scheme is just getting started, and is doing so at exactly the right time.  Over the years the borough has become characterised by both wealth and inequality.  It has some of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the country but over a third of the population live in some of the highest deprivation areas, nationally. Around 40% of children grow up in poverty.  Covid-19 has exacerbated this situation.

The response to the 2020 crisis showed just how much people care about their local community, and clearly demonstrated the potential of ‘giving’ in Southwark. Neighbours helped neighbours, thousands of volunteers delivered food parcels and offered their time to local charities, restaurants and catering companies produced meals for the vulnerable. Churches, mosques and businesses gave time and money, and statutory agencies, charities and funders worked together in ways they had never done before.  The Giving scheme will build on this legacy; harnessing the potential within Southwark to create long term change.

The Giving scheme will be hosted by United St Saviour’s Charity who employ the Programme Director.

The Giving Scheme is being driven by a coalition of partners who will also provide support to the team. The Coalition currently comprises: Peabody Foundation, Alan and Babette Family Trust (part of the Sainsbury’s Charitable Trust family), London Borough of Southwark, Team London Bridge (Business Improvement District), Good People (social enterprise), corporate law firm Womble Bond Dickinson and Community Southwark.

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Giving Scheme and have recruited William Cole as its Programme Director. If you have any questions, please contact Will at United St Saviour’s, email: wcole@ustsc.org.uk

To find out more about other giving schemes in London please visit London’s Giving | (londonsgiving.org.uk)