Southwark Cathedral stands in an ancient part of London. Its parish lies in the centre of a globalised city which is experiencing unprecedented change: high-end regeneration along the riverside (including the Shard), increasing numbers of students and a long-standing local population which doesn’t appear to be benefiting from recent developments and which faces financial, educational, health and welfare reform challenges.
How will the Cathedral respond to this? How should it use its assets? Straddling both the glamorous riverside and the down-at-heel social housing areas, the Cathedral is in a unique position to work with local people and partners, bringing together experience and expertise for the benefit of all.
This report brings together statistics and qualitative research to capture the potential of an inner city area with an unusual history, an engaged Cathedral, a lively and diverse population, world class business and arts institutions and a range of pioneering civil society organisations.
Julia is a friend of WCEN.
This piece of work started out by looking into a possible centre for urban spirituality in London SE1.
It ended with a lot more besides – sketes, students, catalytic co-production, multi faith spaces and a shrine.
We talked to some extraordinary people – thank you everyone who participated. A fascinating journey.
Come & join us in celebrating 10 years of WCEN on 22nd November at 6pm in Battersea.
Maurice Glasman will be speaking and we will be hearing from many friends who have supported us over the years. What will the next 10 years in social policy and community empowerment look like?
Plus – it’ll be a great party :)
Join London Boroughs Faiths Network and others in central London for a light lunch on Monday 28th November 12.30-2pm to hear more about the new European Religion & Belief Network.
Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network is bringing community organisations, religious groups and public agencies together on Wednesday 28th September to Close the Gap between the public sector and local people.
This is a brilliant (and rare) opportunity to find out how co-production works, how faith groups can co-design services and how people who most depend on public services can get what they need.
Closing the Gap III will take place at the Samaj Hall, 26b Tooting High Street, SW17 0RG 4.30pm – 7.30pm (short walk from Tooting Broadway tube).
The event is free – register at www.closingthegap3.eventbrite.com.