Free 1:1 advice

Here at Community Southwark we are committed to providing a range of free services including 1:1 advice and support on the issues affecting your organisation, so that you can concentrate on your beneficiaries.

We provide a comprehensive package of support to enable you plan ahead as well as deal with problems as they arise in practical and sustainable ways. Our methods include practical workshops, skill-based seminars, 1:1 tailored support sessions, bespoke training, consultancy, web resources and fact sheets, and blogs in the following areas:

  • Collaboration

  • Commissioning

  • Evaluation & Impact

  • Governance & Leadership

  • Income Generation

  • Influencing

  • Information about Southwark

  • Managing your finances

  • Personalisation

  • Planning your future needs

  • Premises

  • Safeguarding

  • Social Enterprise

  • Staff & Volunteers

  • Starting up

Monthly Phone Surgeries

If you have a question or would like to know a bit more before booking a face-to-face appointment, or perhaps you are unable to make our 1:1 Support Surgeries, our monthly phone surgeries provide the perfect opportunity to have a conversation with our Development Team about your organisation and go through any questions you may have.

These take place on the last Friday of every month, 10am - 5pm (the last phone calls will be taken at 4.30pm): 27 January, 24 February, 31 March, 28 April, 26 May, 30 June, 28 July, 25 August, 29 September, 27 October, 24 November, 15 December.

Please note, if we have to do some research for your enquiry, we will call you back later in the day.

Weekly 1:1 Support Surgeries

  • Have got questions about your organisation?

  • Want to get started but not sure what legal structure to take?

  • Need support with planning for the future?

Community Southwark 1:1 Support Surgeries are one hour sessions, run four times 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 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.  To book a slot, simply email or call 020 7358 7020

All Surgeries take place at Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, SE5 0HF unless otherwise stated.

Appointments are 1 hour long and available for:

  • 2 - 3pm

  • 3 – 4pm

  • 4 – 5pm

What you think about the 1:1 Support Surgeries Surgeries:

I am so grateful {Community Southwark Development Officer} was able to offer me an appointment so quickly. Having face to face contact was incredibly important with somebody who really understood the difficulties I was having. She really helped me to think differently. It was a very enabling experience.

'Thank you for offering this service. It is very nice to have somebody to speak to other than within your own organisation. Speaking to Community Southwark always is always very helpful.'

'The surgery was a learning process.'

A fantastic, free service, well worth taking the time to attend.

'Community Southwark development officers have helped us and given us a very good service on different parts of project management. They are very commited to delivering services to a high quality.'

'{Community Southwark Development Officer} listened and really took time to make constructive comments and information and her suggestion of recruiting trustees to help me keep my enthusiasm and inspiration and feel supported in the process was spot on.'

'{Community Southwark Development Officers} really are brilliant, they are attentive to individual needs and provide all the support someone in my situation could need, and if they can't they signpost us onto brilliant other equally helpful services, I really would feel more alone and nervous of the task I face without the support of Community Southwark....THANK YOU!!'