Lambeth Support

Community Southwark are now providing FREE capacity & capability building support for Lambeth based groups.

Community Southwark will be delivering a two-year programme of practical support and advice for Lambeth-based voluntary and community organisations funded by The London Community Foundation (LCF) as part of the Lambeth Community Fund, beginning February 2017.

Under the theme, ‘Stronger Together’, LCF aim to strengthen and build the capacity of local organisations, increasing skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers in order to improve service delivery and increase sustainability. They also hope to encourage collaboration between the third, public and private sectors within the borough.

This programme  of support will be provided by Community Southwark entirely free of charge and all voluntary and community organisations, including social enterprises, based in Lambeth are eligible to take part. The programme is particularly aimed at small community groups and those which are not yet formally established. This is a unique opportunity to gain expert support and advice to help with fundraising; business planning; marketing; financial management; and governance and leadership.

The programme of support will include:

Free 1:1 Support Surgeries: one hour sessions, run once a month, during which you have the opportunity to meet a Development Officer, sign up for Community Southwark membership and talk through some of the issues you are encountering in your daily work and/or as a whole organisation. the first meeting will always include an organisational diagnostic to support action planning.

The 1:1 support is designed to promote the long term sustainability of your organisation, and we encourage board members with strategic responsibility to attend alongside staff members.  When you book we will ask what issues you wish to discuss and request that you send appropriate information prior to attending the meeting.

The 1:1 Support Surgery is free but booking is essential, as they fill up fast!  To book a slot, simply email or call 020 7358 7020

The next surgery dates are: 

  • Thursday 16th February 2017, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Wednesday 15th March 2-17, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Wednesday 12 April 2017, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Thursday 18th may 2017, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Tuesday 13th June 2017, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Thursday 13th July 2017, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Wednesday 6th August 2017,  2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Thursday 14th September 2017,  2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Tuesday 17th october 2017, 2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

  • Wednesday 15th November 2017,  2-3,3-4 or 4-5pm

Free training: We will be delivering a range of day-long training sessions in the essentials of organisational development. The training below will be run twice a year:

  1.          Fundraising Made Easy: Tuesday 16th May 2017, 10.15am - 4.45pm

  2.          Governance made Easy: Monday 12th June 2017, 10am - 2pm

  3.          Finance Made Easy: Tuesday 11th July 2017, 10am - 4.30pm

To book a place on the training simply click on the links above and fill in the Eventbrite form.

Free Small Groups Network: a quarterly network specifically for groups and organisations with less that £30k income. The meetings will be created for you and by you - we will be asking what you would like to talk about, what guest speakers or topics you would want to hear about etc. and we will arrange these evening networks to cover the topics you choose in venues across Lambeth.

The first Small Groups Network will take place on Wednesday 29 March 2017, 6-9pm.

To find out more about the programme, request support, or if you know of a group that would benefit from this free support, please email Graham Collins or Deborah Hayman at or call them on 020 7358 7011.

To find out more about the London Community Foundation or the Lambeth Community Fund please email Donna Yay at or call 020 7582 5117.