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Southwark Giving is thrilled to have over 10 runners in The Big Half race running in aid The Big Half logo_smallerof Southwark Giving!

Southwark Giving is delighted to have over 10 runners generously dedicating their time and energy to raise money for Southwark Giving’s Fund.

On Sunday, 4 March 2018 in the first ever London half marathon -‘The Big Half’, our runners will start their race at iconic Tower Bridge, Southwark and finish at Cutty Sark, Greenwich.

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Created by London Marathon Events Ltd this brand new event is a race solely centred around the community with a “uniquely local” focus. This is to ensure genuine community engagement of local people, while at the same time hosting global runners in this prestigious and competitive event.

Southwark Giving’s Fund will help unite the borough to tackle local disadvantage. It will do this by supporting the charities and voluntary organisations who help those most in need in Southwark.

Every pound raised goes only to those who Southwark Giving is seeking to help.

You can support our runners by donating here. Thank you.

We would like to thank all our runners for their generosity in supporting Southwark Giving and wish each of them the very best of luck for the big day!

NB: Southwark Giving is still in development but we are fundraising for the Fund but grants are not yet available.


‘A Tale of Two Southwarks’ art exhibition is now open at Roast!

Southwark Giving is delighted to be partnering with multi-award-winning and pioneering British SG Art exhibitionbusiness man, Iqbal Wahhab OBE, and award-winning leading British restaurant, Roast, in Southwark’s iconic Borough Market exhibiting a bespoke and inspiring art exhibition: A Tale of Two Southwarks. Mixed media artists, John Pheasant and Suchi Chidambaram state “the inspiration for this exhibition is the incisive report, ‘A Tale of Two Southwarks’, a needs analysis of the London Borough of Southwark, referred to us by Iqbal himself.”

Southwark ‘is a product both of its rich history and a modern makeover.’ In forging its future, exclusion and isolation are seen as dangers, whilst ‘those most likely to feel a high sense of satisfaction are those who feel they belong to their neighbourhood’.

Inspired by the borough’s diversity, contrasts and local community challenges, Suchi, an oil painter, and John, a photographer, set out to capture the two Southwark’s visually for an exhibition specifically designed for the space in Roast in Borough Market. Their ambition is to encourage visitors to Roast to reflect on the borough’s diversity and contrasts, to engage with its challenges and, hopefully, to be part of the solution and to offer support to Southwark Giving.

The exhibition comprises oil paintings on canvas, photographs printed on aluminium and mixed media, jointly produced works which combine photography and oil painting to create images which draw attention to the diversity and contrasts which make the two Southwarks.

The exhibition is now open to view until April 2018 in Roast, The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough Market, SE1 1TL

In support of Southwark Giving and its ambition to create lasting social impact in the borough, John and Suchi are generously donating 10% of art sales to Southwark Giving’s Fund.

Our sincere thanks to Iqbal, team Roast and both John and Suchi for their generosity in supporting Southwark Giving.

Southwark Giving is delighted to be part of London Bridge City’s Christmas By The River festive market which is now open!

You may have already seen it’s looking very festive at London Bridge City’s Christmas By The 

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River market which is now open! Here are a few shots by Southwark Giving capturing some of its festive magic.

Southwark Giving is delighted to be partnering with London Bridge City to have a Christmas fundraising cabin at this market.

We will be offering gift wrapping to fundraise for Southwark Giving, as well raising awareness about Southwark Giving in the cabin on Monday, 4 and Wednesday, 13 December respectively, 11am – 7pm.

Our cabin will be located in Hay’s Galleria.

 Do tell your family, friends, colleagues, employees and contacts and come and see us to be part of this to help tackle local disadvantage. It’d be great to see you!


You are invited to Southwark Giving’s charity influencer event on Tuesday, 21  Elephant and Castle junction 1 (1)November!

We are delighted to invite you to attend Southwark Giving’s charity influencer event. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for you, as experts in your field, to help shape our decisions around selecting the priority needs for us to focus our resources on.

Working with you at this early stage of our development ensures that we can create a place-based giving scheme for Southwark that is relevant and connected to the communities it serves.

Format: This event will provide an opportunity to hear from and meet the Southwark Giving team, its newly formed Strategic Partnership Board and participate in roundtable discussions around the evidenced priority local community needs in Southwark.

RSVP: This event is free but you need to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, 17 November by registering your place here. Spaces are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.


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Southwark Giving have secured five organisations who have chosen to financially invest in Southwark Giving’s infrastructure and endorse us, named: Founder Funders.

We are delighted to announce they are:

  1. Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  2. Team London Bridge (Business Improvement District)
  3. The Wakefield & Tetley Trust
  4. United St. Saviour’s Charity
  5. The Peter Minet Trust

This exciting and emerging development allows Southwark Giving to continue to grow.

We are also delighted to announce that GoodPeople will be continuing as an advisor for the new Strategic Partnership Board sharing their expertise on effective community engagement.

Our offer will have three components:

  1. Investment – finding innovative ways in investing in local need
  2. Volunteering – provide borough-wide skills-based and practical team challenges through employer supported and community volunteering
  3. A Giver’s Network – a friendly and engaged network of donors and fundraiser for Southwark Giving’s Fund

Also, Southwark Giving, together with its Advisory Group, has set strategic foundations which will help Southwark Giving leverage and target its resources to the borough for the borough in the most effective way.

Southwark Giving is continuing to liaise across all sectors – businesses large, medium and small, Trusts/Foundations, charities and community groups borough-wide and close to the borough as it continues to develop.

Southwark Giving exists to bring together and reinforce resources not duplicate or detract. Through Southwark Giving we all get to positively address needs in our borough.

This is an exciting and emerging development as it helps Southwark Giving to continue to grow.

Keep up-to-date with Southwark Giving’s progress, email:

You can also find out more by following us on our new Twitter account: @southwarkgiving #southwarkgiving


Southwark Giving features in London’s Giving’s pioneering report

Southwark Giving are delighted to feature in London’s Giving first and pioneering report, ‘A Place To Give London’s Place-Based Giving Movement in the Spotlight’. London’s Giving recently launched this report and London’s Giving film, (Password: londonsgiving), which gathers valuable A Place to Give 2017_FrontCover_Smallerinsights and learnings from many of London’s Giving schemes across the city.

Southwark Giving is delighted to feature as a case study in the report sharing learnings about the crucial importance of working collaboratively across a wide range of sectors – including working effectively with businesses. Southwark Giving firmly believe in the power of cross-sector collaboration and the importance of working as effectively as possible within the unique richness that multi-perspectives can bring – especially when focusing on creating innovative solutions to pressing local community needs.

The London’s Giving network provide an easy way for the different giving schemes to come together to share learnings, support and together help unite London to tackle disadvantage locally. Southwark Giving is part of London’s Giving network because we understand the crucial importance of connection, particularly in this context as each place-based giving scheme seeks to best serve their own boroughs to maximum effect to help meet the most pressing community needs. Together, all giving schemes are creating significant positive social impact by addressing pressing local community needs across the capital.

  • View the full report here
  • Watch London’s Giving short film here