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Community Restoration Fund

During August 2011, widespread looting and disorder occurred across London and many other parts of the country. One of the worst affected areas was Southwark, particularly Peckham and Walworth, where the disorder caused extensive damage to local businesses.

Nearly 150 businesses across Southwark reported damage to their property and stock as a result of the disorder, putting Southwark's strong sense of community to the test.

However, the local community responded positively and rallied together, as shown by the outpouring of positive sentiments about Peckham on the Peckham Peace Wall in the days that followed.

Following the disturbances, the council carried out a series of Community Conversations events to hear from residents about what they felt had caused the disorder and what could be done to prevent it happening again.

One of the most consistent findings was a need for more support for young people, for example, to obtain training and employment.

The full Community Conversations Report is now available to download.

Recognising the impact the disturbances had on our communities, Southwark Council announced a £1m Community Restoration Fund in February 2012, agreed as part of its budget for 2012/13. This fund has been set up to help restore local community pride and deliver long term solutions to support businesses and young people across the borough in those areas most affected by the disturbances.

The Community Restoration Fund acts as a catalyst for new ideas that support improvements to high streets and town centres or which encourage young people to engage in positive activities in the community and make positive life choices.

Supporting Business Growth

In July 2012, the Council announced the eight projects which had been successful in applying for funding under the business element of the Community Restoration Fund.  Find out more information about each of the bids and find out how we decided which bids would be selected.

Supporting Young People

The Community Restoration Fund is also support young people to engage in positive activities in the community and make positive life choices. Details about the youth element of the Community Restoration Fund are set out in the cabinet member decision taken in June 2012 by Cllr Dora Dixon Fyle.


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