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The Localism Bill

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New CAS offices

Winter 2011

Local news

Chris Sanford, Chief Executive

Older People’s Forum Fighting Cutbacks Organisations providing services for older people in Southwark have convened a Forum to discuss and consider ways we can collaborate and work differently in a time of enormous cuts and challenges. We meet monthly and are interested to hear from any organisations we may have missed off our mailing list. In times such as these, the strength of the voluntary sector is its ability to change, adapt to the times and still provide the essential support our beneficiaries need. However, we sometimes get caught up in the needs of our organisations more than the needs of vulnerable people and it’s essential to keep talking to each other and to keep planning for change. In the current economic climate, doing more for less is unlikely to be enough any more. We need to have highly efficient systems at reduced cost as well as being determined and creative in how we provide services. This might mean looking at CAS’s Lattice proposals for shared back office systems such as finance and HR, or sharing buildings and staff. In fact when you start to really look at the options there are lots of opportunities for helpful change. One of the things I’m thinking about is Southwark’s day services provision, all the way through from ‘luncheon clubs’ to high level day care meeting eligible needs. Is it possible that two resource centres, North and South, plus one specialist dementia care centre could be designed to meet the needs of all older people? The resource centres would probably include a café, rooms for meetings, activities, therapies,

Community Action Southwark 131 Camberwell Road London, SE5 0HF tel: 020 7358 7020 fax: 0845 305 2160 email: web:

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culturally specific events and activities and so on. There would be a mixture of users from those with eligible needs and requiring transport to those who access the centre on their own every day or for specific activities. If you have similar big ideas or small projects you think could achieve savings and good services, and you want to explore them with organisations who may be interested in working with you, please send these to Sally Bagwell at CAS. Alternatively, why not contact possible partners directly? Contact or sally@

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At time of going to print Southwark Council has just published its budget proposals for the next three years. The headlines are highlighted in this edition of Cascade and make shocking reading. The council will have to save over £85 million over the next three years, as it has the largest government grant reduction, in cash terms, in London. The specific effects on voluntary sector organisations are only beginning to become clear. Day centres for older people are under threat and youth services are being cut by £1.5m. As a result investment in the voluntary sector will drop significantly over the next few years making it difficult for local charities to continue to support their beneficiaries and draw in funding and volunteers. The ultimate effect will be a swift and dramatic loss in support services to some of the most disadvantaged people in the country. Voluntary sector organisations can respond to the budget proposals by participating in the council consultation, or by emailing CAS your recommendations. We will be making representations, on behalf of the local voluntary sector, to local government in due course, and these statements will be posted on our website. We will be encouraging our public sector colleagues to ensure ongoing investment in the voluntary sector that recognises the value the sector brings to the area, through community capacity, volunteering and philanthropy. We will also be recommending that the sector is given time to respond to the plans in a way that secures services for the future rather than sees them lost altogether. As in previous issues, we also have further information about services CAS provides to our members that can support you through these tough times.

Local news

Street League academy programme Street League changes lives through football. We specialise in helping young people progress from our unique football and education programmes into sustainable employment, education and training. STARTS 14th February Monday - Thursday (9am - 1pm) Street League can help you get fit, gain qualifications and support you in finding work. Using tried and tested

New CAS website

programme of Football and Education, Street League are changing young people’s lives through Football across London and in Southwark. Our Southwark Office is located at Colombo sports centre, 34-68 Colombo St, Southwark,

New and improved toCommunity better meet your needs

London , SE1 8DP.

Action Southwark

CAS has launched a new website featuring a new logo and added functionalities. The CAS team has been working on the development of the new site in order to make it easier to navigate and also to make it more interactive for users.

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A cleaner and more engaging home page, which emphasises some key aspects of our work, providing timely and relevant information/ funding opportunities to the sector, i.e. ‘Latest News’, ‘Funding Opportunities’; informing the sector of upcoming events/training sessions, for example ‘Important Dates’ and an offering of key policy briefings, i.e. ‘Policy Briefings’.

Social media: In order to engage with more people, more often, the new site has a number of social media elements built into it, e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, and Flickr. Now our stakeholders can CAS: “from acorns grow...” see what we’re up to, follow us, link to us and see the events that we’ve attended or facilitated. 

For more info: Call the London office on 0208 536 5330

Training/event registration:


Website visitors are now be able to register online for an event or training session.

Send a Text on 07985 332 486

Member registration:

Local economy seminar

With the use of some pretty snazzy online forms stakeholders can join CAS, and sign-up to Southwark Signpost and Venue Southwark (see Southwark Signpost/Venue Southwark Registration pages). In the near future, stakeholders will be able to select the types of information they wish to receive when they register, e.g. CAS/trustee e-bulletins, funding news, policy briefings etc.

Southwark Council: We want to get a range of people there, who have an active interest in Peckham’s local economy, and from a range of backgrounds, to attend and make an active contribution to the discussion.

• 17 March, 5:00pm – 8:30pm Venue: CLF Cafe, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane. The seminar will look at a range of issues including business support and needs, jobs and training, shopping, markets, culture and entertainment. The discussion will be an important

Follow CAS!!

You can now follow us on Facebook (www.facebook. com and search for Community Action Southwark) and Twitter by clicking CAS: “A little bird told me” Feedback section: and receive To allow our stakeholders to let us know how updates from CAS on the go! we’re doing - what better way to measure our impact?

Discuss issues relevant to the sector: E-BULLETIN

Message from Michael Carnuccio, Planning Dept,

contribution into the preferred options for the Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plan, which will be a blue-print for the area’s future (for more information go to futurepeckham). There will be refreshments from 5pm, with the seminar beginning at 5.30pm and closing at 8pm. To help us plan the event, please let us know your interest by emailing futurepeckham@ If you have a particular interest in making a short presentation please contact rumi.bose@ We do hope you can come and make a contribution.

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Support and training

Training Trustees Trustees whether new to the post or an old hand can benefit from some sector specific training throughout 2011. A series of sessions starting with a Trustee Orientation Programme will start in January. This will be a broad overview of all the essential topics and issues. More in-depth sessions will follow throughout the year to help your make the most of your position and provide the best support possible to your organisation:

• 5 February 2011 Management Committee Roles and Responsibilities and Organisational strategy and planning

• 19 February 2011 Financial Management and Fundraising

• 5 March 2011

Committee Skills, effective meetings and good communication Further dates throughout the year will be posted on the website All sessions will take place on Saturday’s and booking is essential. A booking form can be found on the website or please contact Deborah Hayman (

Premises As purse strings tighten and budgets begin to be looked at, find out how you can become more sustainable and know where you stand on Premises issues with our series of Premises based workshops. These workshops are suitable for staff, managers, trustees and volunteers. Attend as a comprehensive series of training or as single

CAS’s Capacity Building Team Here to support you through difficult times Our Capacity Building team offer a range of services to help equip and support organisations within Southwark. They provide:

funding. Think about who might be suitable in terms of activities, aims and objectives – range between mergers, partnership agreement, and loose collaboration. 



Support in finding suitable funding opportunities and provide help completing applications and proof reading.

Here at CAS we believe in equipping the Voluntary and Community sector with the tools to enable local communities to empower themselves. Training, workshops and continuous professional development both accredited and non-accredited are essential to this. Particularly in the current climate, equipping your workforce with the skills, knowledge and confidence to work effectively is crucial to the sustainability of the voluntary and community sector.

Sustainability Toolkits to check the sustainability and diversity of funding: thinking about range of opportunities for trading services, help you writing business plans and longer term financial planning or projections. While you have immediate needs, it is also important to think about the long term both because of changed circumstances, and also evidence to funders.

Financial difficulty If it comes to a point when you need to think about staffing, reserves and when it might be appropriate to use them, and appropriate strategies if you need to reduce activity or if awaiting funding decisions, how to wind down a project in an orderly fashion if it gets to that stage.

workshops. Booking is essential.

• 8 February 2011 Successful funding bids for Community Premises – What makes a successful funding

Facilitating alliances and collaboration This is valuable for accessing contract

Premises project Comprehensive training has been designed to cover in detail some of the main premises issues to help you feel ready for community premises.

Trustee Project We work with trustees boards and organise networking events and training including induction. We can also come to speak at meetings on specific issues of concern (e.g. financial oversight) or conduct a skills audit or health check around how trustees and staff work together.


• 8 March 2011 Compliance for Community Premises – what you need to know For further information please contact Deborah Hayman or 020 7358 4826.

My Learning Source CAS is now part of an exciting new website www. launched on 5 January 2011. My Learning Source is a one stop shop of all things learning and development for the Southwark area. Funded by Southwark Council, training opportunities will be advertised by the Council’s Learning and Development partners: CAS, BME Consultative Group, London Safeguarding Children Board, and the School Leadership and Workforce Development Team. For more information visit: www.casouthwark.

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Funding Central Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises - providing access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs. It covers national funding and finance opportunities for voluntary and community organisations operating in England from European, national, regional and local government and charitable sources. If you are looking for funding opportunities, we strongly advise you to register on Funding Central. Please note that if you are interested in guidance on funding central, you can contact


our Sustainability Officers, Sally Bagwell on, 02073584831 or Celine Rotcajg on uk, 02073584823.


Funding Opportunities Sir John Cass’s Foundation Schools and Organisations Grant Grants available for third sector organisations (TSOs) for education and rehabilitation projects in inner London boroughs. Maximum Value: £ 30,000, Minimum Value: £ 10,000. Trustees may consider higher values. For further information on how to obtain this funding opportunity locally, please contact the following: Sir John Cass’s Foundation, 31 Jewry Street, London EC3N 2EY, 020 7480 5884

London Catalyst - Special Interest Grant

Sustainability ‘Sustainability’ can mean different things to different people and for charities and voluntary groups it often has a strong financial element. If a funding application asks about the sustainability of a project, you would need to demonstrate that you’ve thought about how to keep the project going after the grant has finished. However sustainability is not just about learning to make good grant applications. When you’re thinking about the sustainability of your organisation as a whole, you need to consider all the factors which might cause the charity to falter in its mission. It’s important to think about the following areas:

Planning Planning ahead means thinking about what you want the organisation to look like in the future, and making plans to achieve those aims. Innovation can be valuable, but your strategy for sustainability should be based on your core aims and objectives. Income generation which detracts from your mission could be damaging in the long term.

Governance Governance and Financial Management issues require us to stop and think about how the organisation is running. This can be difficult, but it’s crucial that staff, volunteers and trustees are clear about their responsibilities and accountability to funders or regulators (such as the charity commission) if the organisation is to keep running smoothly. Creating a Diverse Funding Strategy is key to sustainability, since reliance on one or two sources of funding can limit your ability to plan for the future. It means that if these funders change the way they fund, you will need to change the way you work which will make it

Grant for TSOs conducting innovative projects that assist those in need. Grants over £3,000 may be awarded depending on the scope of the project and the needs being met. Contact London Catalyst for further information including regarding time

Fundraising tips

scale for sending applications. London Catalyst, 45 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB,

Don’t re-invent the wheel.

Telephone: 020 7021 4204

Find previous funding applications and see whether any of this can be used for this application, especially descriptions of your organisation’s aims and objectives, or your previous work BUT...

William Wates Memorial Trust Grant Grant for charities that work with disadvantaged children in London and the South East. Grants are a made up to a value of £75,000 and £25,000 for smaller projects. may apply at any time. For further information on how to obtain this

...Think about the specific interests of the funder.

funding opportunity locally, please contact the William Wates Memorial Trust, Wates House, Station Approach, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7SW,

Many funders look for new projects, so if you’re replacing lost funding you may need and present the application as a new project which builds on your previous experience.

United St Saviours Charity United St Saviour’s Charity invites applications for grants to deliver tangible benefits to children and

harder for you to deliver a consistent service to your users. Diversifying funding makes you more resilient to these changes. The NCVO Sustainable Funding Project has some great resources for charities planning for a sustainable future. Their pages on First Steps to Sustainable Funding has some easy tools and useful information to help you think about suitable ways to diversify your funding, and the organisational, planning and governance changes needed to make this a success. Find out more at

young people in North Southwark and Bermondsey. Up to £300,000 will be available in 2011 and the closing date is 14 February 2011.  For an application form and guidelines visit: or contact Michael Juffs or Jim Wintour on 020 7089 9014.

Tax-effective giving microsite The Institute of Fundraising’s has a new look tax-effective giving microsite. The website offers comprehensive information about all forms of taxeffective giving (also known as ‘tax-efficient giving’). These resources are aimed at everyone involved in charitable giving: charities, fundraisers and donors

Want to know more? CAS has prepared a sustainability briefing with more information on this subject. You can find it online at If you would like to talk to someone about the sustainability of your organisation, please contact Celine ( / 020 7358 4823) or Sally (sally@casouthwark. / 020 7358 4831).

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New website for CAS

Local News Southwark Council’s Economic Development Strategy Southwark Council’s Economic Development Strategy sets out a vision for the borough with

Draft budget report £85 million of proposed savings over the next three years due to central government reductions

goals to reduce inequality; to improve life chances of all residents through economic wellbeing and educational potential and, to make the borough a better place by developing a vibrant economy while using resources sustainably. The economic development strategy is now available on the council’s website. Please follow the link below for more information.

Office space to rent at Age Concern Age Concern will have office space available in its main office on Walworth Road from mid January 2011. We have an accessible, fully serviced area with five desks, and we can supply computers and phones as required. Colour printing is available and telephone reception if wanted. Fully accessible toilet facilities and two lifts mean we are disabled-friendly too. We are a welcoming, busy office. Short or long term hire is possible. Please contact Brenda Bond, Chief Executive or Karen Melck, Office Manager for more information or to come and take a look. 020 7701 9700 or email

Improving health and social care

LINk Southwark gives you the chance to improve Health and Social Care services in your area, such as GPs, dentists, care homes and hospitals. We are currently looking into areas such as: •

Mental Health in Southwark

Access to Services and Information

Care Homes for Older People

If you have concerns about any Health or adult Social Care service in Southwark, or you would like to join one of our Task Groups, please visit: www. Or contact us on: or call: 020

Southwark Council has published their draft revenue budget report for 2011/12, with indicative allocations for 2012/13 and 2013/14. The council propose to deliver £85 million savings over the next three years, due to central Government reductions. The report recommends that the £85 million savings are achieved through the following areas: • Efficiencies and improved use of resources – encompasses the restructuring/redesign of many services, restructuring grant funding and closure of some buildings. • Income generation – increasing existing fees for chargeable services. • Other savings – involves removing subsidies, reducing/reprioritising funding streams, rationalising and ending services. Figures derived from Appendices A - E: Policy and Resources 2011/12 to 2013/14 – draft revenue budget The Council, due to central Government requirements, will frontload the savings by making spending reductions of £34 million in 2011/12 alone. This is three times the level of savings that is being achieved in 2010/11. Therefore, the scale of the cuts proposed over the coming years will have a significant impact on voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Southwark. Each department within Southwark Council has to reduce their spending accordingly to deliver approximately £85 million worth of savings. The table below details the recommended savings by departments on a yearly basis as well as the total over the next three years. Southwark Council propose to reconfigure many of their services across all departments to deliver these cuts. This will result in the Council offering fewer services to residents as well as cutting funding for services the VCS provide. These decisions, by departments, will have both direct and indirect impact for VCS organisations in Southwark over the coming years.

Children’s Services The Children’s Services department propose to deliver £18m worth of savings over 2011-14 by focusing their efforts on the principles set out in

Southwark’s Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP). This involves the department reducing subsidy arrangements to community nurseries, play centres and early year’s centres. The follow spending reductions are to be implemented by the Children’s Departments: • Remove £140,000 worth of subsidies provided to community nurseries over the next two years. • 5-11 year olds supervised play schemes funds cut by £500,000 over the next two years. • Refocusing commissioning of voluntary sector providers saving £125,000 over the next two years. • Redesign Integrated Child Support Services saving £450,000 over the next two years • Reconfigure support to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulties and Disabilities saving £858,000 in 2013/14. • Restructure of youth services and grant funding to VCS organisations ensuring posts are focussed on delivering front line services saving £1.5m over 2011-14. • Transfer the operation of after school services for 5-11 year olds to schools and discontinue subsidy saving £1.004m over the next three years. • As a part of savings included in the £18 million, the Children’s Services department will see a reduction in grant funding including: • Early Intervention Grant reduced by £2.9m, a 13% decrease, in 2011/12. • Area Based Grant (AGB) education component reduced by £1.9m in 2011/12.

Health and Community Services Expenditure on Health and Community Services represents around a third of the council’s net revenue budget. The majority of this money is spent on meeting the needs of people who are at a critical or substantial risk under Fair Access to Care (FACS) criteria. The Council, with the increasing use of personal budgets and direct payments, plan to modernise the current system. It is hoped such an approach will achieve savings of £27m over the next three years. Key actions the department will take are: • Redesign and decommission day care provision

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Table 1 Savings in each category




Total Savings

Efficiencies & improved use of resources









Other savings





Yearly spending reduction total





Income generation

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Southwark Arts Forum Meeting for artists who are interested in taking part in the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. 2012 is looming large, opportunities for artists to show work, produce events, and ‘happenings’ are many and varied. SAF is also collaborating with Newham New Deal Partnership’s (Newham NDP) new arts network, to produce opportunities for Southwark & Newham artists to work together on projects initially centered around the Olympics. It’s hoped that the Olympics will be the start of many cross-river collaborations. Come to the meeting on Tuesday 8 February 2011. This is to explore together opportunities for Southwark artists to work with Newham artists, up to, during (and beyond) the Olympics.

for those with learning disabilities, saving £3.4m in 2012/13. • £6.4m reduction in supporting people budgets to be delivered by 2013/14. • £1.3m saving delivered by reshaping lunch clubs and day centres within the voluntary sector. • Ending any remaining non affordable or less cost effective open access services across all areas in health saving £1.2m in 2013/14.

Other VCS cuts: The remaining departments account for approximately one third of the Council’s total expenditure. The draft budget recommends they make the following cuts: • Re-targeting the environment grants programme saving £245,000 over the next two years. • Rationalisation of arts funding contribution programme in 2011/12 saving £58,000. • Ending the small arts grants programme in 2011/12 saving £37,000. • Review of voluntary sector grants programme and reduction of contributions towards the London Councils Grant Scheme saving £363,000 over the next two years.


less cash to commission VCS organisations to provide services. In addition, the £7.4m Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) will no longer exist beyond March 2011.

Council commitment to VCS Southwark Council has committed, as part of their budget, to provide a £1.5m voluntary sector transition fund available over the next two years. The fund is to support VCS organisations; make the changes necessary to meet the challenges from reduced public sector funding and work with the council to develop a more sustainable sector. As further information becomes available, Community Action Southwark (CAS) will inform the sector.

Date: 8 February 2011 Time: 2pm - 5pm Place: Newham NDP Grassroots Centre Memorial Park E15 3D

Southwark’s vision for the future of social services Southwark Council’s Vision for the Future of Social Services draft consultation paper has now been released. The Council want to support people to live independent and fulfilling lives, based on choices that are important to them, by providing more effective and personalised services. They aim to achieve this vision by radically changing the way things are done, minimising administrative costs whilst encouraging residents to do more for themselves, find innovating ways of finding support and reduce reliance on the Council.

Next steps

In Southwark, to achieve this focus on

The proposals in the draft budget report will have wide spread implications for the sector in the short, medium and long term. It is recommended that organisations discuss with their commissioners the budget proposals and how it will affect them. Southwark Council is running an open consultation until 8 February regarding the draft budget report, which can be accessed here. CAS is able to offer a variety of services to assist organisations to prepare for the recommended cuts. We will also be responding to the Council’s consultation, on behalf of the sector, and would welcome your responses to this draft budget.

individuals rather than institutions and put people in control of their own support, Southwark Council intend to shift the balance of care away from costly residential homes and towards more personalised services in community settings According to the Council, this shift to community-based care is critical in the context of continuing to deliver value for money. It will also need to support delivery of the savings required across local government, outlined by the Coalition Government.

For further information, please email CAS Policy Local government receives in excess of 100 Team: specific grants from Government that will now or call 020 7358 4830. be reduced to 12 core grants. Many of these funds will be transferred into existing/core grants and some will move into new grant streams. This forms part of the Government’s initiative to de-ringfence funding to allow local Table 2. Savings on a yearly basis by each Council department authorities to decide how money should Department 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 Total Reduction be spent. Children’s Services 5,763,000 6,174,000 6,063,000 18,000,000 However, according to the latest data, Communities, Law and Governance 1,051,000 1,143,000 350,000 2,544,000 the Government has transferred some Deputy Chief Executives including Regeneration 7,925,000 2,683,000 2,357,000 12,965,000 funding into a number of core grants Environment, Community Safety & Culture Services 7,249,000 3,248,000 2,286,000 12,783,000 that will remain ringfenced. According to Health and Community Services 8,005,000 10,715,000 8,524,000 27,244,000 the Council, £6.8m from general ABG Finance and Resources 2,566,000 2,778,000 3,224,000 8,568,000 grants will be transferred into a specific Corporate 1,500,000 700,000 1,300,000 3,500,000 ringfenced core grant. This decision, Yearly Spending Reduction Total 34,059,000 27,441,000 24,104,000 85,604,000 taken nationally, will mean the Council has | Winter 2011


More local news Latin American - UK FORUM The forum and its different networks are holding regular meetings and are looking to continue working for the benefit of the community, at the present they are very much involved in the promotion of the Census 2011, as they recognise

2011 Census

A Census is taken every decade in the UK to help better our understanding of the population

this as an opportunity to get relevant information about the community. If you  would like to get in touch or want to  know more about our activities please contact us on: 07904983130 or 07737025551. Join us on Facebook: Please do pass this information to your Spanish speaking members or friends.

Have a say in your Community Do you live, work, own a business or, are interested in issues and the future development of Peckham? If so, then why not join us at SUSTAINABLE PECKHAM on 19 FEBRUARY, 12pm - 3pm. This will be an informal interactive event, and include contributions from the Council and local groups on growing our own food, conserving energy, making our streets fit for people, development of the Wooden site, redevelopment of the Peckham Settlement. If you have any suggestions for further topics of special interest to north and east Peckham, email more active citizens, working together to tackle their problems; improved rural and urban environments, which communities are better able to access and enjoy; healthier and more active people and communities

More office space to rent at Age Concern Age Concern has office space available at its Lewisham office in Catford from end of January 2011. There are two small offices available plus use of interview rooms and a meeting room seating 12 to 15 people, by arrangement. Phones and IT facilities can be arranged, plus access to photocopying. Short or longer term hire is possible. Please contact Brenda Bond, Chief Executive or Karen Melck, Office Manager for more information or to come and have a look round. 020 7701 9700 or email

CAScade has gone paperless We’re all facing hard times in this recession and CAS is far from immune to these budget cuts. So we have taken the decision to stop paper production of Cascade for the foreseeable future. Sending Cascade out via email will reduce the cost of this communication drastically as well as having many other benefits but it does mean you need to keep us up to date with your email address. You can ‘Join CAS’ via our website at www.

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Why is a census needed? Government, local authorities, healthcare, education, academics, commercial business, professional organisations need to know and understand the make-up of the population so that they can plan services that reflect the needs of local communities. Many of the services we take for granted every day depend on the census; it is therefore crucial to make sure everyone’s needs are accounted for. And we mean everyone - whoever we are and wherever we live. A lot has changed over the last ten years since the 2001 census; but what, exactly? The best way to find out is to count people and ask them directly how their lives and needs have changed, so that government and local authorities can plan, fund and deliver the services that are mostly needed.

What are the census questions? There are 56 questions for you to answer: 14 about your household and its accommodation and 42 for each member of your household. Questions are about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, religion, whether you are married and so on. All these


things are important in capturing a true snapshot of the population as it stands on census day.

What do you need to do? It’s easy. Just answer the questions. For most of them, all you have to do is tick the box that applies to you or write your answer in the box provided. Funding for local services is all about numbers, and if the count is wrong, some communities could lose out. So it’s important to include everyone. That’s why every household must, by law, fill in a 2011 census questionnaire.

Data protection The answers provided on the census questionnaire are only ever used to produce population statistics and will not be passed on to any other government department or marketing company. To ensure the confidentiality of your personal information, the Office for National Statistics’ systems, processes, staff and contractors are bound by the Data Protection Act, 1920 Census Act, and by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (SRSA). Census day is 27 March 2011.

More local news

The localism bill

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government published the Localism Bill On 13 December, the Localism Bill proposed a raft of changes to shift power away from Whitehall and give it to local government and communities.

Dates for your diaries

The purpose of this bill is to: • Empower local people • Ensure greater local accountability • Free local government from central and regional control The bill provides the clearest indication to date about the types of powers that the Government is willing to hand down to enable communities to thrive. This bill should not be seen in isolation but as an integral part of the Government’s overall agenda to deliver a more active society, a Big Society.  

2011 Southwark Forum Dates The following are the forum dates for 2011. Put these dates in your diary and further details will be provided closer to the date.

• 23 March, 10:00am • 16 June, 10:00am (special event)

Renewed Compact published by OCS and Compact Voice

Localism Bill: Key Elements

1. Empower local people Community right to challenge Community right to buy Neighbourhood planning National Home Swap Scheme Right to veto excessive council tax rises 2. Ensure greater local accountability Local referendums Pre-application consultation   3. Free local government from central and regional control General Power of Competence (GPC) Social housing allocations reform Social housing tenure reform Reform of homelessness legislation  

Impact on the sector

Initial analysis of the bill indicates that many of the new powers will strengthen the voluntary sector and the communities they represent. The ability for communities to shape local planning and bid for public services will ensure local authorities are better able to meet the needs of service users. There is potential for the voluntary sector to use their local knowledge and expertise to ensure local services reflect the needs of local people. It also raises the prospect of voluntary sector organisations running more community services, through contracts with Councils, on behalf of communities. Whilst there are number of opportunities available for the voluntary sector there are also real challenges ahead around the Localism Bill. Firstly, the delivery of community services by a variety of providers will make it difficult for

A renewed Compact, the agreement which governs relations between the Government and civil society organisations in England, has recently been published by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society and Simon Blake, Chair of Compact Voice. The new Compact is shorter and more focused than the previous agreement and aims to create the right environment for partnership working. It is backed by a robust set of accountability and transparency measures outlined in a new guide. In addition, the National Audit Office will carry out a one-off study into the operation of the Compact

service users to navigate their way through the system and ensure consistent quality of service. Secondly, due to the cuts it is likely that this shift in power will occur without the right levels of investment, meaning many of the appropriate processes may not be in place. This will place unintended new burdens on the voluntary sector. Therefore, it is more likely that for all the new powers local people have, it will be the lack of funding that has the biggest impact.

across government which will be reported to

The Localism Bill is scheduled to be approved by parliament and become law by November 2011. The Government published Decentralisation and the Localism Bill: an essential guide. Its sets out six actions central government will need to take to achieve and maintain the radical shift in power. The guide to can be found at: www. For more about the Localism Bill visit: localism-bill-what-is-it/ For more policy briefings from our Policy Team visit: category/policy-briefings/

To help you stay informed, consulted and

Next steps

parliament. This unprecedented level of scrutiny will enhance adherence to the Compact and provide a strong platform for the Cabinet Office and Compact Voice to work together to embed the agreement in day to day relations between government and civil society. To download a copy of the renewed Compact visit:

2011 Southwark Subgroup Dates empowered in the face of radical policy changes and cuts to funding, Community Action Southwark will be holding the following subgroup meetings:

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Space 1 April, 10:00am - 12:00pm Skills 4 April, 2:00pm - 4:00pm Children 6 April, 2:00pm - 4:00pm Adults 8 April, 10:00am - 12:00pm Space 1 April, 10:00am - 12:00pm | Winter 2011



Happy New Year and welcome to the Volunteer Centre Southwark part of CAScade. Like everyone we are finding the current financial situation difficult, and next year we are facing the loss of our Work Experience project

and have to reduce what we are able to offer with our Active Citizens Hub and volunteer management work with small groups. However we are using this as an opportunity to review our services and explore how we can collaborate better with other Volunteer Centres whether that’s through joint events like our 2012 inspired workshops in Islington and Lambeth or running a regional training program. We also have to move offices in April following CAS’s move from the 8th floor Hannibal House, so watch this space for more details! On a more positive note, whilst everyone is busy thinking of New

Year’s resolutions, why not try and get people to make theirs to volunteer with you? New year is a great time to try and recruit new people and develop a recruitment campaign.

2012: volunteering and the Olympics We have been asked by the council to be part of their Olympic Legacy Board to ensure that Southwark can best exploit all the benefits that volunteering can bring. We have been working on this for some time, and are a partner in the London Ambassadors program, but are looking to see what else can happen to ensure the sector can exploit ‘the magic of the Olympics’. If you want to be kept more involved please get in touch clive@volunteercentres.

Do you want to know how to harness the Olympic Buzz? Do you have ideas for Olympic inspired opportunities that volunteers could get involved in? Workshop: Wednesday 9 February, 1:30 – 4:30pm, Lambeth Town Hall. Come along to the Games inspired workshops and bring the Olympics to your organisation. Find out how to harness the motivation and enthusiasm of Olympic volunteers for your group, information and advice on how to develop games inspired opportunities, tailored support on how to advertise these opportunities. To book your place please contact Truly  020 7358 5957 truly@volunteercentres. Clive Pankhurst, Chief Executive

Active Citizen’s 2010 Awards On 29 October 2010 at the Amigo Hall the Active Citizens Hub annual awards opened to the sound of African drumming and rapturous applause. The Active Citizens Hub, part of Volunteer Centre Southwark, organised the event to celebrate and honour the great work of Southwark citizens.

Simon Hughes presenting Barbara her award

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The awards, now in its fourth year, were the biggest and best yet, with entertainment and special guests including, Simon Hughes MP, Levi Roots, The Mayor of Southwark Tayo Situ, Supt. Richard Blanchard and others came together at this event to acknowledge the achievements of over 100 local people. Journalist and Sky television presenter Henry Bonsu hosted the night where fifty-six winners and nominees came from all corners of Southwark, with a common commitment to bring positive change to their neighbours and communities.

Seven awards were handed out, reflecting the diversity in achievements of these Southwark citizens: View Giver of the Year: • Modupe Majekodunmi Good Neighbour of the Year: • Kathleen Hennessy Citizen Governor of the Year: • Janet Coy Taras Rising Star of the Year: • Leanne Perro Community Group Member of the Year: • Catherine Msoni Keib Thomas Award for Community Activism: • Barbara Pattinson

Award winners

Barbara Pattinson, receiving two awards on the left, has been a champion for her area ever since she helped set up the SE5 forum. Her unwavering commitment has

The overall award for Active Citizen of the Year 2010 was given to Barbara Pattison, the Chair of the SE5 Forum.


helped steer the Forum to become an umbrella organisation for many smaller groups, enabling them to be more inclusive and supportive of each other. Tireless in her determination to bring Camberwell’s problems to the attention of the “powers that be”. Barbara is a real champion for change, who has continually campaigned for better and closer coordination between the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

Black History Month As the event coincided with Black History month all the award winners were treated to entertainment that included Master drummer Henri Gobi, Peckham based De-Masokhi Dance Group, an Oratory by Baden Prince Junior and the night was closed with a fabulous performance of the IDMC Choir.

Step Out Step Up Free training and advice to become inclusive of volunteers from diverse backgrounds The Step Out Supported Volunteering project aims to increase the accessibility of volunteer placements to residents of Southwark engaged with mental health services. Mental health issues affect a diverse group of people from a variety of cultures, age groups and more importantly from a diverse range of vocational backgrounds. Thus volunteering involving organisations that are inclusive of this group can benefit from their skills, knowledge and expertise. We offer VIOs within Southwark one-to-one advice and guidance in recruiting, supporting and adapting volunteer roles in line with general good practice guidelines for this group. For many people, volunteering is an important first step away from mental health service based

activities and back into community activities. Volunteering is an opportunity for this group as with all general volunteers to utilise and build upon their skills while contributing to their community. We also offer Mental Health Awareness training to third sector organisations within Southwark. Mental Health Awareness training will give you an overview of common mental health problems, definitions and mental health issues explained in individualistic terms. The session will also cover volunteer support needs and methods of supporting volunteers in their placements. Through the workshop you will explore how to overcome barriers to a person becoming a volunteer for your organisations. The sessions are for anyone who is interested in raising their awareness of how mental health

issues may affect volunteers and how to support volunteers effectively in their placements. If you would like to book a place on Mental Health Awareness training, find out a little more about becoming inclusive of mental health service users as volunteers

and would like to discusses the recruitment, retention of volunteers or would like advice in developing volunteer roles then please contact Emma Mallinson on 020 7703 4205 or email her at emma@volunteercentres.

Active Citizen Hub

Training Dates Last Chance to take advantage of FREE Active Citizens Hub training from our current training programme Say What You Mean! An Advanced Speaking and Listening Communication Course When: 10-15 sessions to run twice a week from January on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm -8pm. Where: the Volunteer Centre Southwark. This course is for Southwark residents whose ethnic background is Sierra Leonean or Latin American who want to improve their public speaking and listening skills. Please contact Seray Kamara, seray@, 020 77034205 for further details.

Communications and Public Life When: 5 sessions, to run once a week on Tuesdays, 10.30am- 2.30pm.The first session will be on 1 February to the 1 March 2011. This course is for active citizens who are interested in campaigning, or in improving their ability to communicate and get a message heard. Introduction to Becoming a Magistrate When: Wednesday 9 February 2011 This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a magistrate and wants to learn more about the role and how to apply. Effective Lobbying Date: Tuesday 22 February 2011 This course is for anyone

who wants to influence decisions made by government to ensure the point of view of an individual or organisation is represented. How Southwark Works – Understanding Public Life When: Tuesday 8 March 2011 This course is for anyone who would like to find out more about how local government works and how to influence it. Working With Diversity Community Cohesion in Practice When: Thursday 10 March 2011 This course is for anyone who wants to know more about Southwark’s diverse community and equality legislation. Introduction to Becoming a Trustee When: Thursday 17

March 2011 This course is for anyone who is interested in becoming a trustee in a voluntary or community organisation. This course is not suitable for anyone who is already a trustee. Effective Meetings When: Thursday 17 March 2011 This course is for anyone who would like to find out more about how local government works and how to influence it. How to book and get more information: please contact the Active Citizens Hub at Volunteer Centre Southwark on 020 7703 4205 or email us at uk or see our website www. | Winter 2011

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And finally...

CAS has moved

Who’s who at CAS? Finding out who to speak to in any organisation can be tricky. So we thought we would provide you with a quick and easy reference of who’s who at CAS. Chris Sanford, Chief Executive.........................................

Below: Cambridge House will also provide some safe outside space for those hot summer months

Seyi Madariola, Director of Operations and ICT.................. ..................... Akua Dankwa, Central Support Officer,............................. Roda Mbonde, Central Support Officer............................. .................... Chris Todd, Director of Capacity Building..................... Deborah Hayman, Training coordinator.................................. Sally Bagwell, Sustainability Officer.................................. ....................

Above: Architects impression of the new reception and foyer area providing a light and airy introduction to the building. We hope this will make a great impression and encourage drop-in visits from you all

Celine Rotcajg, Sustainability Officer.................................. Jamal Ettetuani, Director of Policy & Participation............... Andy Boaden, Policy and Research Officer......................

CAS will be moving to Cambridge House at the beginning of February. The team are looking forward to the move but sad to be leaving Hannibal house in Elephant and Castle for the past several years. Our telephone contact details have changed. Our email addresses will stay the same.

Our new address is: Cambridge House 131 Camberwell Road London, SE5 0HF

Our new telephone number is: 020 7358 7020

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