Council-VCS Liaison Group

The Council-VCS Liaison Group exists to develop and improve cross-sector relationships between Southwark Council and and the local voluntary & community sector (VCS).

It is attended by representatives from Southwark Council and the VCS. It is co-chaired by Gordon McCullough, Chief Executive at Community Southwark, and Stephen Douglass, Head of Community Engagement at Southwark Council.

The Liaison Group aims to -

  • Provide honest and open dialogue between the VCS and the council.
  • Provide a formal mechanism through with the VCS and the council can raise matters of concern and develop shared solutions.
  • Identify strategic issues affecting cross-sector relationships between the VCS, the council and other statutory partners (annual workplan and annual report).
  • Encourage discussion of issues on a co-operative basis and to collectively develop a shared approach and understanding.
  • Provide an effective channel to exchange information, share and promote good practice and improve communications and cross-sectoral working.

The Liaison Group will adhere to the principles of the Southwark Compact which was last updated in 2009.

Who speaks for the VCS?

The VCS is represented by a panel of elected Reps:

  • Karin Woodley, Cambridge House
  • Helen Rice, Blackfriars Advice Centre
  • Gemma Juma, Linkage Southwark
  • Alex Evans, Time and Talents
  • Jacky Bourke-White, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
  • Sally Causer, Southwark Law Centre
  • Stephanie Correia, Southside Rehab
  • James Banks, Forum for Equalities and Human Rights (FEHRS)

What should we be saying?

The Liaison is a valuable place for solving issues affecting the local sector. Tell us what problems your organisation or service users are facing so we can raise these and find solutions.

To tell us about your challanges, get in touch with Steve Smith 0207 358 7020), Partnerships and Policy Officer.

Download Southwark's Compact here. The Compact is an agreement between Statutory Agencies and Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisations in Southwark. 

For disputes that need some form of arbitration there is the Southwark Compact Conflict Resolution Group (SCCRG) which has three representatives from each of the voluntary and statutory sector. Please contact Gordon McCullough (CEO at Community Southwark) for more information.