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reclaim the streets : The Walworth Retail Campaign encourages people to shop locally, benefitting traders who suffered during the riots.

nunhead In January 2012, Nunhead was awarded £438,000 from the mayor’s Outer London Fund. Southwark Council has match funded the grant meaning there is approximately £1 million to spend revitalising the town centre over the next two financial years. All work must be completed by 2013/14. The cash will be used to improve the village green with further work for shop front improvements and street scene. Reinvigorating the traders association will also be a key priority to drive forward the vision to make Nunhead a thriving destination.

advertising designed to draw shoppers and their wallets to the area, along with a website to showcase improving partnership work. Another project is to implement a vision to restore to its former glory The Blue in Bermondsey, the legendary east London market, which has been in existence for more than 230 years – and kick-start a plan to become a business improvement district. The remainder of the fund was to be spent on helping to tackle youth unemployment through a series of pop-up shops in Walworth Road, delivered in partnership with the Creation Trust. Its benefits are two-fold: as well as engaging young people over the summer months, it will also give them valuable experience and help them develop key skills in every aspect of retail business – sourcing, stocktaking, marketing, design and customer service. Beyond this the council has established a £3 million youth fund – spread across three years – to support Southwark’s young people southwarkmagazine.com

through education and into the workplace. It is open to young people aged between 16 and 24 and builds upon initiatives for existing provision for young people not in education, employment or training (Neets). There are three strands to the youth fund: the Southwark educational maintenance supplement which replaces the now-defunct Educational Maintenance Allowance; the Southwark Scholarship Scheme which gives financial support for Southwark students going on to higher education; and the Southwark Employment Training Scheme – structured work placements, expenses paid, to help upskill young people and boost their job prospects. The Horniman Museum, for example, is offering three-week placements in gardening and customer services. Project development manager Nick Wolff says: “This is about early intervention and getting young people engaged before they get disheartened. It’s an opportunity to do

something useful to enhance their work history while they’re deciding what to do next. “As unemployment rises, getting into the job market becomes tougher and entry requirements more demanding. Young people face competition from those who are older and more experienced.” He adds: “There is quite significant provision specifically targeting Neets and schemes through Jobcentre Plus and once they start to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), they are then open to national schemes. We wanted to do something that went a little bit further.” More than a year since the riots, those at Southwark Council have shown they have listened to what its residents said they need, and acted on it too. By creating opportunities for businesses to thrive and supporting young people into education or employment, Southwark is making a sound investment for its future prosperity. The community has plenty to feel happy about. ISSUE

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Southwark #9  

A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...

Southwark #9  

A high profile, high-quality business publication, Southwark magazine covers every aspect of Southwark Council's 12 year development program...