Year 2 – SE17Working Independent Lives Project

After successful delivery for 2019/2020 we are now in the second and final phase of the programme – 2020/2021. We are continuing to run our employment project, funded by L&Q.  The project supports the unemployed; residents already in work but on low pay and those on ‘0 hours’ contracts.  We will be selecting jobs which focus on sectors that provide the best outcomes for our residents. So far we have supported 397 clients with looking for work, with 155 securing employment. 

In addition to help with CVs, Interviews and job applications – residents will benefit from an essential support package including  40 workshops each year covering the following themes:  How to manage debt * Life hacks (tips and tricks to make life easier)* Sleep Clinic * Anger Management * Managing Teenagers * Family Dynamics * Eating Healthily * Fit and Well * Confidence and Motivation * Community Engagement * Making Change * Representing Yourself * Digital Help * First Aid * and  Accessing local voluntary/community projects. Residents that join this project will also benefit from additional Health and Well-being activities through our recent Lottery Funded Reaching Communities Project, which will provide support to attend Southwark’s Free Swim & Gym; Burgess Sports training sessions; Trips to theatre/Museums and Free London Activities; and technical support to accessing online mindfulness tools.  Free refreshments are always provided.

The Project is now in its second quarter before the Christmas break, and is delivered from the Giraffe House, 285 Albany Road SE5 0AH.  If you are interested in any of these activities please contact Janine or Nils on 0207 701 2982. For jobs visit www.se17Working.co.uk


Life Hacks Workshop – 5th December 2019

This month we launched our ‘Life Hacks’ Workshop for residents that would like to learn ‘tips & tricks’ to manage their daily activities in a more efficient and cost effective way.  The photo below shows participants making their own disinfectant using bottled water, essential oils and dish soap – an activity enjoyed by all. 

SW said: “I loved the activities – it was fun and enjoyable”


Black History Month Event – 26th October 2019

As part of the SE17Working Community Engagement Workshop, participants were tasked with organising a local free event.  The Black History Month (BHM) Family Fun Day was chosen from 2 – the other being a wider proposed event titled SouthFest.  With over 120 attendees over 4 scheduled sessions, activities consisted of Face paining; Keep Fit; Cultural Games; Films; Competitions; Advice Stalls; and Local History Talks.  The film screenings in particular were very popular and fully attended (‘Nice! – Norman Beaton’ and ‘Not our Problem – Trevor McDonald), whilst others participated in playing cultural games, those played for centuries in Africa and the Caribbean such as Ludi and Backgammon, and of course Dominoes.   We were delighted to also have Old Kent Road Fire Station in attendance as we celebrated the life of George. A. Roberts, the first black Fireman in Southwark.  The afternoon’s activities were accompanied by music and soup in the form of Chicken and Red Peas, and despite the weather a great time was had by all!!

Congratulations to Lucy Ohamud for winning the top prize of a £30 Voucher by naming all the artefacts in the exhibition!!

Watch this space for notice of BHM Family Fun day 2020!


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Featured people of African and Caribbean descent, past and present, who lived in Southwark:

Chiwetel Ejiofor – BHM Final David Haye – BHM Final Dr Harold Moody – BHM Final George Bridgetower – BHM Final Ira Aldridge – BHM Final John Boyega – Final Rio Ferdinand – BHM Final Sam King – BHM Final Sandra Rhule – BHM Final Susie Wokoma – Final Una Marson – BHM Final

Dear SE17Working

The SE17Working Team is here to help solve problems that you may experience whilst in or out of employment. This page is dedicated to your queries, offering an expert or specialise solution. We look forward to hearing from you…..

Dear SE17Working

I’ve been offered two jobs and the trouble is they are both very different. One is further out of London and better pay and the other is local with less pay. I don’t know what to do? – DS Wendover

Congratulations on your job offers! Very exciting news! Making decisions can be overwhelming especially when it’s a new job role. Something to help with making the right choices for you is to making a list of the Pro’s (positive) and Con’s (negatives). You will be able to see a clear idea of the better option of the two. Start with looking at the Pro’s and Con’s: Travel, Role, Organisation and Company Benefits.

Sometimes if the job location is nearer to home it can save time and travel expenses.

Look at the table of Pro’s and Con’s and use this as a template to get you started.

Good Luck!

SE17 Working Team


For further information about local jobs in South London, please feel free to have a look at the Job Centre Plus Twitter feed:



Over the past few years SE17working, Creation’s employment programme, has achieved great things by securing over 700 jobs for local residents. You can see some of their case studies on this site.  NHG and Creation Trust  will  continue to work together in finding jobs and matching them with residents who are looking for work.  Both organisations will provide in-work support to help people get and keep the jobs they want. Pre- employment training courses will be provided to those who need them.  


Eleanor Purser, Former Director of Regeneration at NHG says;


Together with Southwark Council we are determined that regeneration brings opportunities to residents on the existing neighbourhood and across the borough. We have been delighted to work alongside Creation Trust for the last four years and that through our partnership with the Council we have been able to contribute financially to the essential, but independent support and advocacy they offer to residents affected by the regeneration. Closer working and sharing of best practice in how we can enable jobs and training is an opportunity to deepen our partnership and have the greatest possible positive impact on the well-being and success of residents and their communities in Southwark .”


If you are looking for work contact us now.  Email  nils@creationtrust.org or Janine@creationtrust.org