We believe that when communities make decisions about their shared priorities, and when they work together to achieve them, we not only create better places for people to live and work, but a fairer and more equal society.

We run community programmes that empower community groups and the people who lead them to share what’s important to them, influence how decisions are made, and make positive changes to improve things for local people.

At the core of all our programmes is a commitment to social action and capacity building. We support people and groups to solve the real-life problems that are important in their communities. We also help them to develop their infrastructure and ways of working that maximise their impact. And we help them to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to drive positive change.

We recognise that the way society and structures are organised means some people, groups and communities can end up being excluded. Our programmes focus on ensuring that the individuals and groups at risk of being marginalised, are empowered to play their part as active citizens.

Through our community programmes we also build relationships between the community and the organisations that operate in it, strengthening the bonds that create positive places to live and work.

Through our mix of programmes, we:

· Create a pipeline of community leaders by inspiring young people about the impact they can have and by giving them the skills and confidence to become the community leaders of the future.

· Support community groups to sustain and maximise their impact individually and as a group, by helping them to develop their skills and infrastructure and by providing a forum for tackling shared challenges.

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· Upskill community leaders to address the specific challenges associated with leading community groups that support under-represented or marginalised groups.

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The Lewisham BME network is a rich network comprised of 90+ community groups working directly with Lewisham beneficiaries (and beyond) in a range of areas. Please find details of some groups within the network below:

Organisation Overview

AskUltra have a 1:1 Entrepreneurship Tuition App for Kids & Teens, their beneficiaries are young people who want to learn more about entrepreneurship.


Healing Spaces provide well-being training workshops for individuals, community organisations and local businesses. Their beneficiaries are anyone with mental health challenges, ex offenders, older people and community centres.
Angel Hands Social Care provide professional, outcome based care and support services, including live-in care, which have been described by clients as “hands-on care from the heart.” They work successfully in the South East London areas with the elderly, those with learning disabilities, as well as those with various medical conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, motor neurone disease, muscular dystrophy and those requiring end-of life palliative care.
Lewisham refugee and migrant network provide a range of services for refugee, and give housing and welfare benefit advice asylum seeker and migrants (RASM) communities, we support, Advice and Advocacy for women survivors of Gender Based Violence. Their beneficiaries are refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, women survivors of Gender Based Violence from all communities.
Joined Up Thinking JUT CIC is a youth mentoring organisation that helps young people in South East London and Swale in Kent, stand out and reach their potential. Their beneficiaries are young people mainly those from a BAME background.
Based at the Moonshot Centre in New Cross, IRIE! dance theatre delivers a range of in-house and outreach programmes in dance of the African Diaspora. The company runs a BA (Hons) in Diverse Dance Styles, community dance and exercise classes, schools and collage workshops and residences, annual community fun day. At Moonshot, IRIE! provides dance studio space and meeting rooms for hire. IRIE! works with the broadest cross-section of the community; Children and Young People ages 5-17 & 18-25; Adults; women-only classes; elders (55+) tea dance, drumming and percussion sessions; Higher Education students and local families.
S.I.R.G are black-led Mental Health Advocacy, Educational Advocacy and Domiciliary Care service for the Black community. Their companies beneficiaries are Black Africans and Caribbean people in Lewisham; giving them a chance to access support and care that they need by people they can trust.
The Vine Community Centre purpose is to essentially but not exclusively, serve the community. Their community is in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Nottingham with needs arising from very wide cultural diversity, high unemployment, lone parenting, low academic achievement, mental ill health, asylum seekers & refugees, substance misuse, physical disabilities, ex and repeat offending and an elderly population.
The Paradigm Project are a specialist prevention mentoring organisation. They focus on working with primary school children with a particular interest in the transition from primary to secondary school. Their aim is to explore the behaviours and common traits that lay at the root of serious youth violence and divert children away from destructive paths before behaviours worsen or become entrenched.They work with young people from a BAME background in the London Borough of Lewisham

The Lewisham Community Wellbeing Service currently provides non-clinical support for client’s living in Lewisham or who otherwise are registered with a GP in the borough.  

The focus of support is on social, practical, mental health and wellbeing support to assist clients’ recovery journey.  We do not provide clinical, therapeutic, or counselling support. We support all clients with practical issues that are affecting their mental health, by providing bespoke one to one intervention that seeks to help clients address social and practical challenges, such as issues with benefits, housing problems, and social isolation. This often involves signposting clients to specialist advice whilst supporting them to manage their mental health and improve their wellbeing by utilising self-help techniques, workshops, and an online peer support service.

Success Looks Like you connects young people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic heritage to quality careers 

 knowledge, role models, professional networks and work experience; through events, training and mentorship delivered by professionals that look like them.  

In addition to our programmes, we have developed a range of downloadable resources to support community groups. You can view our resources here.