Welcome to the new Southwark CAN website!

Community Southwark are delighted to announce the new Southwark CAN website! This website will provide a new and integrated online experience of community action in the London borough of Southwark.


In 2015, the Southwark CAN project began as a way to support and encourage community engagement and social action on issues affecting Southwark residents, along with their families, friends, colleagues, communities, neighbourhoods, and networks, by hosting local meet-ups for active citizens. These meets were called Community Action Networks, or CANs for short.

Each year, the Engagement Team at Community Southwark held two meetings for CANs in each neighbourhood across the borough. That equals around fourteen meetings per year for three and a half years; or fifty plus meetings in total!

Since then, we’ve come a long way.

Since then, we’ve come a long way. We’ve supported and charted the progress of changes, developments and movements made by local communities on various issues facing the borough and its communities.

Whether it’s been campaigns, causes, local initiatives, networking, fundraisers, community events and get-togethers, or whatever else you fancy- a lot has happened. It’s been a huge cause for celebration and inspiration, and as a the local CVS for Southwark, Community Southwark are proud to see the tenacity and hard-work of our Southwark residents.

We believe that community spirit shouldn’t dissipate at the end of a long day of campaigning. Southwark residents need updates on everything happening on their doorstep, and on the things directly affecting them as-and-when they arise.

The Southwark CAN website was built to sustain an online presence for community action, and provide a platform upon which developments, calls-to-action, and the like, could be shared with any person or body that was interested in creating change for the better.

Years later, the social, political and digital landscape of Southwark has changed a lot, and Southwark CAN needs to adapt to these changes in order to serve community’s interests.

We need to better Southwark’s ability to capture and share community action no matter who they are, and help tell their stories to their community in a way that is engaging, informative and fun.

More importantly, we want to make sure that people are aware that they do have a voice, that their voice is listened to, and their voice has the power to create change and make a real difference for themselves and their community!

We want to make sure that people are aware that they do have a voice, that their voice is listened to, and their voice has the power to create change and make a real difference for themselves and their community!

That’s why, in May, we began an overhaul of Southwark CAN in order to more accurately reflect the Southwark’s diverse and, frankly, extraordinary range of communities. And so, after careful planning and design (cue drum rolls);

Ladies and gentlemen (and of course everything in-between, and beyond), we give you the brand spanking new Southwark CAN website!


We want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of Southwark CAN.

A new blog post with instructions on how to use the new website will go live in due course. Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, please contact engage@communitysouthwark.org

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