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Southwark Council

About Southwark

The Southwark skyline is an impressive sight. The incredibly diverse range of buildings, offices and social facilities make it a real mix of old and new. Extending from the River Thames into south-east London, Southwark encompasses some of the capital’s cultural hotspots, vibrant communities and acclaimed green spaces. Our central location provides excellent transport links making it a highly accessible area.

Our vision

We will create a fairer future for all in Southwark by:

  • protecting the most vulnerable;
  • looking after every penny as if it was our own;
  • working with local people, communities and businesses to innovate, improve and transform public services;
  • standing up for everyone's rights.

As a central London borough, our mission is to enhance the things that make Southwark special - its immense diversity and vast depths of untapped potential. Helping to unlock those talents, with nobody left behind, is what we are about.

People in the borough should be able to enjoy the enormous benefits and seize the opportunities that living in central London offers. The council has its part to play as one of many working to deliver a fairer future.

Our approach is underpinned by empathy, openness and trust. This is not a borough where cultures clash, but where by coming together Southwark residents create a strong sense of community. We will reflect this as an organisation by showing residents true compassion and the same care and consideration that we show members of our own families.

Over the longer term, regeneration in the north of the borough will continue to pull the benefits of being in the centre of London southwards towards Elephant and Castle and beyond. This regeneration must work for local people and the benefits be felt right across the borough.

We will continue to rise to the challenge presented by these difficult times, to provide high quality public services for the residents of our borough and deliver our vision of creating a fairer future for all in Southwark.

Employee development

We’re continually looking to support the growth of talent and to develop our workforce. So our employees are given the support, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop and deliver results that really improve the quality of life for our citizens.

We have been awarded “gold” status award from the Investors in People organisation. This is in recognition of our success and on-going commitment to increase our employees’ skills, abilities and to maximise employability.

Personal development is embedded as a key part of our organisational culture. When you join us you’ll have access to a wide range of training opportunities, including sponsorship for qualifications, through a self-managed portal; in addition to developmental work in local settings.