Pond life

Pond life

Pond life

Saturday 11th June


Centre for Wildlife Gardening,

28 Marsden Road, SE15 4EE

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Nature Mash Up

Half term activities

Nature Mash Up

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd June


Centre for Wildlife Gardening,

28 Marsden Road, SE15 4EE

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Mother Goose Nursery: Build your own Portable Solar Charger

Mother Goose Nursery: Build your own Portable Solar Charger

Mother Goose Nursery: Build your own Portable Solar Charger

Saturday 10th June 10am – 5pm


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Free Cookery Workshops

Free Cookery Workshops

You are invited to take part in our free Cookery Workshops at the Albrighton Community Centre, as part of Camberwell Waste less, Save more!

Join our top chefs to discover how fermenting can help make your food go further and learn how to make the most of parts of the animal or vegetable that would otherwise go in the bin.

Fermenting your favourite fruit or veg:

24 May 1 – 3pm

24 May 6:30 – 8:30pm

25 May 1 – 3pm

25 May 6:30 – 8:30pm


Root to Shoot: Nose to Tail:

1 June 1 – 3pm  (vegetables)

1 June 6:30 – 8:30pm  (vegetables)

14 June 1 – 3pm  (meat)

14 June 6:30 – 8:30pm  (meat)


Email Katie to save your space:katie.purell@sainsburys.co.uk

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Plane hell


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#VolunteersWeek is coming: Southwark needs you!

#VolunteersWeek is coming: Southwark needs you!

2017 Volunteers’ Week is 1-7 June and we’re planning a few things during the week which we’d like you to join us with. Please do pass this on to your communications team to use.

Southwark needs you!

Share all the amazing ways in which you give back to the London borough of Southwark this volunteers week by encouraging your volunteers to tweet using the hashtags #Southwark #volunteer #iamthedifference to help promote volunteering in Southwark. 

This will be a great way to celebrate the impact volunteering makes in the borough and to create a conversation about the mutual benefits of volunteering. 
Ensure your organisation helps promote the celebrations by tweeting about your volunteers and those in our wonderful Borough by using the hashtags too – let’s see if we can get it trending! 
Our Twitter Campaign #iamthedifferenceShare your images and quotes!

We’re creating images with quotes like this one for Shakespear’s Globe. So if you send us a picture and a quote we can turn it into this and share it. Please send these to: jo@communitysouthwark.org

Share your volunteer stories!
We’re collecting stories about why people volunteer, what they do in their role and what volunteering means to them. We’ll put these on our website through Volunteers’ Week and tweet them. Again, please email these to: jo@communitysouthwark.org

Our mass Volunteer Drop-In Day – Wed 7 June
On Wed 7 June we’re holding a mass volunteer Drop-In from 10.00am to 4.30pm at Cambridge House. If you have any roles that you would like us to promote please do send these through to: marissa@communitysouthwark.org Plus please do pass this on to anyone who might be interested. 

Surrey Quays outreach – Mon 5 June
On Monday 5 June from 11am-2pm we will be hosting an outreach session at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. This a great opportunity to meet members of the public who you might not normally get a chance to interact with, promote your organisation and recruit some volunteers!

We’re looking for three organisations to do hour-long slots at this session. If you are interested please contact Alasdair: alasdair@communitysouthwark.org.

Peckham outreach – Wed 7 June
On Wednesday 7 June from 11am-2pm we will be hosting an outreach session at Peckham Library. This is also a great opportunity to meet members of the public who you might not normally get a chance to interact with, promote your organisation and recruit some volunteers!

We’re looking for three organisations to do hour-long slots at this session. If you are interested please contact Alasdair: alasdair@communitysouthwark.org.

Our usual Volunteer Advice sessions
We’ll be holding our Volunteer Advice sessions as usual on Tuesday and Thursday, from 10.30-1.00pm and 2.00-4.30pm, at Cambridge House. Please book an appointment here.

Charities and volunteering make Britain Great: NCVO’s manifesto for the 2017 election
NCVO share their thoughts on what the next government can do to help charities and volunteering make an even bigger difference – read it here.

Community Southwark


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Dog show of the year

Dog show of the year

Saturday 24th June2017

1-4pm at Brunswick Park, Camberwell, London SE5

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Community summer fete

Community summer fete

Community summer fete

Friends of Brunswick Park

Saturday 5th August, 1pm-4pm

Brunswick Park SE5

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Work opportunity: Key-Holder/ Office Administrator Draper Hall, SE1

Key-Holder/ Office Administrator Draper Hall, Draper Estate, London SE1

Job Description:

Key-Holder/ Office Administrator – Draper Hall, Draper Estate, London SE1

Draper Hall is a community Hall situated in the heart of Elephant and Castle, London SE1. It is run by the Draper Residents Association (DRA), a Tenants and Residents Association on the Draper estate.

Draper Hall is very busy 7 days a week, serving its local residents and the wider neighbourhood. The opening times of the Hall are between 9am and 9:30pm everyday.

A committee of volunteers runs Draper Hall but the position of Key-Holder/Office Administrator is a paid position and is being offered on a part-time, contract basis.

Salary: £15 per session, which includes opening and closing the Hall.

Deadline for applications: 11.59pm, 22nd May, 2017, interviews to take place 30th and 31st May.

Job Description for Key-Holder/ Office Administrator – Draper Hall

The Key-Holder is a very important representative of the DRA, as the ‘face’ that the customer meets first and it is of great importance that the Key-Holder has customer-care experience and presents him/herself as clean and smartly dressed with a polite and diplomatic manner.

The DRA Executive committee will provide support on the specific requirements for the role and the KH will report directly to them.

The successful candidate should live within a 3 mile radius of Draper Hall and be ready to promptly attend during the course of a hire to deal with any unforeseen problems e.g. the fire alarm going off, noise complaints from neighbours, loss of power, etc.

The Key-Holder will report primarily to the Chair of the DRA and will be in charge of scheduling the calendar of Draper Hall. They will meet with prospective hirers and inform them of the rules of the Hall.

The Key-Holder will be available to work on weekends and to open and close the Hall half an hour prior to the opening time 9am (at 8.30am) and half an hour after the closing time of 9:30pm (till 10pm).


– needs to be internet proficient in order to deal with scheduling the calendar online and corresponding via email with both the DRA executives and the clients hiring the Hall.

– will be responsible to ensure that the Hall has been left clean and ready for the next hire and if the hire has failed to do so report the hire to the DRA committee.

– be prepared to do some basic cleaning and organising of the Hall in case this has not been done and the cleaner is not due to arrive within the day.


– needs to be available on the phone (mobile phone provided) and online, via email to the DRA Executive committee and clients hiring the Hall, The KH will be responsible for dealing with some possibly difficult clients and challenging situations, so it is necessary that the person is diplomatic, used to mediating and finding the appropriate solution.

Additional Hours:

If available to work for additional hours, we would also like the Key-Holder to cover some administrative work a couple of hours a week in the Draper Office; filing bills/receipts and organising Hall hire contracts.

If the candidate is First Aid trained and aware of Health and Safety procedures, this would be a bonus.

To apply please enclose a two-page only CV and a one page covering letter to the following email address, with Key-Holder Position in the subject line:


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Lambeth’s Voluntary and Community Organisations

Lambeth’s Voluntary and Community Organisations survey

A steering group of interested representatives of the Voluntary and Community Sector has been holding discussions with the local authority to determine the future support needs of the voluntary sector in the borough.

As part of the discussions, a consultation of all voluntary and community organisations operating in the borough has been commissioned. The consultation is aimed at eliciting information on the support needs of voluntary and community organisations so as to be able to form a view on:

– Building relationships, networks and trust between VCS organisations
– Helping VCS organisations to be resilient, especially considering public sector funding reductions
– Leveraging funding and resources into the borough
– Ensuring the VCS has a voice and can represent their communities in strategic partnerships

We are working on a very short time frame and would be grateful if you could complete the questionnaire by 18 May 2017 so that your views will be heard. 

Please complete the online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r /lambethvcs

Please, circulate this survey widely in your networks to enable others to participate.

The results of the survey will be discussed at a conference of the sector to be held on 15 June 2017.

If you require further information or have any questions please email Maxine M. James lambethvcs@equinoxconsulting.net

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Explore South London with CoolWalks

Explore South London with CoolWalks

Dear CoolWalks Friends and Colleagues,

We are now raising money to help CoolWalks become a self-sustaining Social Enterprise. This will allow us to support existing, as well as 40 new volunteers, deliver another year of training, and create six brand new walks for the local community, celebrating South London’s diverse cultural heritage!

SEE HERE   www.spacehive.com/coolwalks 

Hear Bowie’s Brixton, relive Charlie Chaplin’s childhood, march with the Suffragettes and for Black Rights, see the beautification of Southwark, or take a moonlit Thameside stroll! CoolWalks are a range of weekly walks in South London, which have been running for over ten years, offering locals and visitors an alternative to the usual tourist walk. These off-the-beaten-track tours present the area’s diversity, culture and heritage. They are researched and delivered by CoolTan Arts volunteers.

The CoolWalks volunteer training programme supports members of the public to research, plan and deliver the walks, improving their wellbeing and employability; last year 30% of volunteers progressed to paid employment. It is run at CoolTan Arts, an award-winning mental health in arts charity. CoolWalks is open to all but especially supports those with mental health conditions. Your support will enable CoolWalks to become a self-sustaining social enterprise for the South London community.

Why it’s a great idea:

CoolTan Arts provide much of its support to people in South and Inner London – an area which has one of the highest incidences of mental distress in the UK. We widen access to creative opportunities and make sure that arts and leisure are available to everyone, regardless of circumstance. CoolWalks is based on the charity’s ethos of improving mental wellbeing through creativity. Guides are encouraged to craft the stories they feel are important, based on their research and training.

Last year we worked with over 30 volunteers, and created seven new local walks. All money raised will enable CoolTan Arts to continue their vital work supporting people with mental distress to develop their potential, reconnect with their aspirations, recover and enjoy life!

Please pledge to the spacehive crowdfund as every penny counts or get involved by coming on upcoming walks and donating either your time/money. Or you could forward this message on to individuals who understand the importance of supporting wider communities wellbeing. Thanks in advance.

on behalf CoolWalks programme


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Plane Hell: Too Early, Too Late, Too Noisy, Too Low… Too Many!

Plane Hell: Too Early, Too Late, Too Noisy, Too Low… Too Many!

Anyone living under a flight path will tell you one thing: it’s plane hell. For residents of Camberwell and other parts of South London it’s fast becoming a nightmare. 

The Plane Hell Campaign was born in response to local residents noticing an increase in the number of planes flying over a particular area of Camberwell, almost without a break, and starting as early as 4.30am.

The main issue for Southwark is noise from overflying aircraft on approach to land at Heathrow and London City Airports.

The Petition will go live shortly – keep watching the Campaign page on the Southwark CAN website. 

Bridget Bell for John Ruskin Street residents and others also affected

jrsresidents@gmail.com / planehell@outlook.com

Click HERE to read the letter. 

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