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Were you at Better Bankside’s Community Connections event?

Bankside and You Success Story + News
Inspirational evening proves collaboration is the future
  • Making Community Connections
  • two people from Southwark Playhouse's Young Company
    Southwark Playhouse Young Company representatives
  • will rutter presenting at event
    Will Rutter from Winckworth Sherwood speaks at Community Connections

Bankside businesses, charities and community groups found new ways to work together at the Community Connections event on 15th May.

Attendees shared information on what they want to give, and what they need, with each other and were connected with the people who could help. Requests ranged from marketing and fundraising support to help with charity accounts and formulating a company CSR policy. There were also calls for people to act as mentors, provide work experience or volunteer in other ways. Youth consultation on products and services, business data support and IT apprenticeship and graduate schemes were just some of the offers made on the night.

One business attendee told us the event was: “Extremely inspirational. Hopefully now I can kick start our CSR scheme with the advice gained and through the connections I made”.

You can download the full list of what people said they 'need' and 'are giving' on the night using the link on the right of this page.

According to Jim Wintour (Director of United Saint Saviour’s Charity), who spoke at the event, the top community needs in Bankside are employment, affordable housing and bridging the growing disparity between 'two Banksides': long-time residents of Bankside and their affluent neighbours moving into the area’s new high-end housing. Inspirational stories from three very different businesses – Aiimi, Winckworth Sherwood and ABTA  - and from the Chair, Lisa Henshaw from Fourth Day Public Relations, about how they got involved with the local community inspired the audience members to explore what they could do.

In coming months we will be highlighting more specific ways you can develop your Corporate Responsibility in Bankside and sharing successful examples of business-community collaboration as a result of the Community Connections event in Bankside + You. To find out or find out what you can do contact Danielle at: dc [at]

May 23 2013