Our first step in setting up the place-based giving scheme for Southwark: ‘Southwark Giving’ was to identify the local community needs of the borough. Community Southwark, with funding from United St Saviour’s Charity, Team London Bridge, The Wakefield and Tetley Trust and City Bridge Trust commissioned independent research into the local community needs of the borough. The findings of the research formed our report A Tale of Two Southwarks. This is informing Southwark Giving’s strategic priorities and business model to ensure that it focuses on priority areas.
Through our research we’ve found that individuals, volunteers, community groups and charities are expected to deliver more with less. Giving schemes are one potential solution to this challenging environment – and it is happening in Southwark! We will work together to improve practice, shape futures and change lives.
Southwark Giving is in its development stages and will be launched in the near future. Find out Southwark Giving’s current stage here.
We are hosted by Community Southwark – the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector, volunteers and social action in Southwark.
Local place-based giving schemes
Place-based giving schemes are a growing movement across London – and Southwark is part of it!
Local place-based giving schemes aim to create locally focused solutions to give time, skills and/or
money to meet the most pressing needs in an area. This means strategic partnership working between and across different sectors. Together, we are designing a model that focuses resources in innovative ways to meet needs to best serve our borough.
Giving schemes have potential to create lasting social impact. Though there are many benefits giving schemes offer, some of the key ones are:
- providing a coordinated, strategic approach in addressing local needs
- maximising the spare capacity and resources in a borough
- bringing people together
- creating better understanding of local disadvantage to help decrease the gap between the affluent and the poor in a borough
- empowering everyone living and working in a borough to give time, skills and/or money
- helping ensure long-term and sustainable impact
- connect and fund small community organisations