Recommissioning Southwark's Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) - Questions for local VCS

Closed 17 Oct 2018

Opened 10 Sep 2018


The council funds Community Southwark to provide services that support the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and volunteering in the borough. It has an important strategic role as the umbrella body (“Council for Voluntary Service” or CVS) for the VCS, volunteers and social action in Southwark to help

“Support a sustainable, confident and resourceful voluntary and community sector that can work alongside the public and private sector to deliver the best outcomes for Southwark residents.” -  Southwark’s Voluntary & Community Sector Strategy, 2017 – 2022

The current contract ends in March 2019 and as part of developing a new service we want to hear from the local VCS about their current and future needs.

As a reminder, the current service offers through its three main service areas:     

A. Voice, representation, challenge, leadership and influence for the VCS in Southwark.

  • Facilitates effective communication, networking/collaboration amongst local VCS organisations and community groups  e.g.  Provider led thematic groups, covering Mental Health, Older People, Children & Families,  Physical & Learning Disabilities and Creative Network .  “Small Groups Network” that offers an informal and flexible space where small and volunteer run groups can meet each other, get support and share information
  • Fosters and enables positive and productive relationships between the local VCS, public bodies and local businesses e.g. Council-VCS Liaison group,  Safeguarding
  • Promotes social action and a voice for communities  e.g. Community Action Networks (CANs)
  • Website and  e.bulletins with borough news,  events, jobs, funding and training opportunities

B. Facilitating service improvement in VCS organisations/emerging groups to meet needs, build capacity and infrastructure and deliver quality services

  • Training and workshops e.g.  Evaluation & Impact,  Income Generation & Fundraising, Governance & Leadership, Equalities,   Volunteer Management or  Safeguarding
  • Working with LBS  to develop the Older Person’s and Disability Hubs
  • Tailored  organisational support as well as free accountancy & finance services
  • Support with grant applications,  evaluations  and with  measuring  impact and outcomes

C. A co-ordinated approach to high quality volunteering opportunities for residents and other stakeholders, matching volunteers with VCS organisations, employer supported volunteering and mentoring services with professional and academic bodies

  • Volunteering outreach and support. Advice for organisations around Volunteer management good practice
  • Corporate Employee Volunteering Programme (“Involve”)

What Happens Next

A new Service Specification will be drawn up after this consultation is closed incorporating ideas as appropriate. The new service will start on 1 April 2019.


  • Camberwell Green
  • Chaucer
  • Faraday
  • Newington
  • Peckham
  • Peckham Rye
  • Rotherhithe
  • South Bermondsey
  • Surrey Docks


  • Black and minority ethnic groups
  • Children and young people
  • Disabled people
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
  • Health service users
  • Parents
  • Service users
  • Older people
  • Carers
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • Gypsies and travellers
  • Men
  • Women
  • Park users
  • Faith groups and organisations
  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Local groups and organisations
  • Other local service providers


  • Communities
  • Community Safety
  • Culture and Libraries
  • Local Economy and Business
  • Older People
  • Planning and Regeneration
  • Social Care
  • Sport and Keeping Fit
  • Transport