Over the past year or so, we’ve been running Community Action Network Meetings in Bermondsey & Rotherhithe. These meetings have explored many of the issues that are important to you as residents. These include potential intergenerational divides, the burgeoning arts community in the area, and how to understand the language in Southwark Council planning documents.
During these CAN Meetings, and in conversations with residents and local organisations, many have expressed concerns that the history and focus on the former glory of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe can exclude or discourage newer communities from wanting to take part in local initiatives. Here at SouthwarkCAN, our aim is to make sure that local residents have increased opportunities to make local connections, and feel more confident in express their views about their local area.
Population data on the Bermondsey and Rotherhithe Community Council area shows that 63% of the residents are white, 17% are Black African/Caribbean, 12% are Asian, whilst 13% within the area are noted as having a disability. When presented with this information, many of the residents we contacted expressed surprise; they believed the area to be less diverse than the stats stated.
The next Bermondsey & Rotherhithe CAN meeting will focus on the some of the lesser, or seldom heard voices within the area. During the meeting, we want to talk about the diversity within Bermondsey & Rotherhithe, and explore ways of supporting the local community to get involved in local initiatives.
We want you to tell us how we can help!
Presentations will be given by:
· Playback Drama, an interdisciplinary youth arts organisation and;
· Bridget Galloway, the Bermondsey & Rotherhithe Community Council Officer
The second half of the meeting will provide attendees with a platform to discuss any issues that you might want to raise, as well as providing the opportunity to share any news and information that is relevant to Bermondsey & Rotherhithe.
This will be very important in helping to shape themes of CAN meetings in the future.