Representatives

Southwark's voluntary & community sector (VCS) needs a strong and unified voice

A network of 18 Reps (representatives) exists to provide this voice. Supported by Community Southwark, the Reps are here to listen to your concerns and influence local policy making. Meet the Reps now!

A key role of Reps is to write a policy report, called a Dispatch, after each partnership board. These provide invaluable information about policy in Southwark. Read them here.

Got a question for one of our Reps? Want to respond to a Dispatch and get your voice heard? Use our new form to ask away. 

Reps are elected every 2 years and were last elected in 2015. They are drawn from across the sector, and speak for the sector as a whole.

Reps do 3 things:

  1. Listen to the concerns, needs and strengths of the local VCS, at Community Southwark forums and other meetings.
  2. Communicate these to Southwark council and other policymakers, at strategic partnerships and other meetings.
  3. Inform the sector fully of key policy developments, such as emerging priorities, budget reducations and commissioning opportunities.

Our Reps focus on a wide range of areas, including:

  • children and families
  • young people
  • older people
  • mental health
  • disabilities, including special educational needs
  • advice

Contact Steve at steve@communitysouthwark.org,  or call 020 7358 7017, with any queries or suggestions about how Community Southwark can best represent the sector.