Robert first encountered a sense of community cohesion in the most unlikely of places in his stint as a betting shop manager. You'd be surprised about the camaraderie one finds in losing money with a fellow human being!
As a result, he believes that people and relationships are the most important part of any locality.
Since joining Community Southwark two years ago (initially as a Policy and Communications intern and then as a Policy Officer) he has been completely bowled over by the incredible diversity and uniqueness of Southwark as a borough and is committed to making Southwark CAN a success. He’s BETTING that you will be too! (sorry).
He has qualifications in English Literature and Journalism and currently volunteers at the Copleston Centre, a local community centre that provides, among other things, therapeutic mental health services.
Truly grew up in Southwark and still has regular haunts in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, you might well find her at the occasional quiz at the Moby Dick (whilst praying for questions about obscure 80s Indie bands). She loves the variety of the borough and the distinctive qualities of the different localities. Truly Studied an MSc in Voluntary and Community Sector studies which helped her have a commitment to the change that people can make, but also an appreciation and respect for the natural conflicts and tensions within community work.
She has over eight years’ experience working with local communities from giving advice and support to community groups and charities with Community Southwark to helping charities find volunteers at her previous role at Volunteer Centre Southwark and prior to that teaching ESOL at Blackfriars Settlement. Truly currently runs the volunteering and engagement services at Community Southwark.
She believes that people are happier when they are more connected and have control over the decisions that affect their lives, and believes that it is only right that people should have opportunities to shape where they live. Truly is currently a Trustee of Greater London Volunteering and is always keen to get involved in community activities!
Ian lives and breathes community action. He eats it for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and occasionally has it as an aperitif if he’s in the mood). He is personally driven by engaging and enabling communities to help ensure that all citizens have greater control over their lives and the decision-making that affects them.
He has extensive experience of working with and empowering people, communities, and their organisations; both to shape, and to deliver, important services that address the needs of people facing poverty, discrimination and disadvantage.
He has gained this through developing public social policy; as a grant funder and commissioner; in developing cross-sectoral partnerships at strategic London-wide level as well networks at the very local level; and most recently working in the VCS in Southwark.
Clare was so excited by the idea of Community Action Networks that she got a tattoo to mark the launch of this website (that may or may not be true).
She is motivated by the fantastic range, resourcefulness and imagination that people invest in organising activities for their local communities and to improve their local areas.
Helping people to develop more skills, get more support and access more resources to make these activities easier to manage is a key part of the Community Action Networks and a part of the job that Clare thrives on. Seeing the sparks that fly when people connect and help one another achieve stuff is really inspiring.
Clare has worked to support community action in south London for the past eight years through various roles at Community Southwark and the CVS (Council for Voluntary Service) in Wandsworth. She has volunteered with the Potted Histories group at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in East Dulwich and currently volunteers for Centre 70, a welfare benefits, debt and housing advice charity in Lambeth.
Nathan has been patiently waiting for the launch of Southwark CAN website, and pretty much BURST INTO FLAMES when it did (well… close enough).
Seeing people realise the power they have to change their surroundings and situations to central is what really motivates him, and he is dedicated to making sure that Southwark CAN brings true change in the borough.
He has substantial experience within race equality and human rights, youth policy, and healthcare settings. Having joined Community Southwark in 2016, he is keen to bring this all together, and inspire and encourage the Change Makers in Southwark.