A free workshop offering practical help to faith groups in their search for suitable premises and in meeting safeguarding requirements.
Simon Bevan, Head of Planning, Southwark Council, will be there with others from his team to demonstrate how faith groups can navigate the planning application process to maximise the possibility of success.
Stephen Platts, Head of Property, Southwark Council, will be on hand to tell people about the property the council owns and can sell or rent to religious groups and about our policies on premises for community groups.
The Ethical Property Foundation and Planning Aid For London will promote the free practical support they can offer to faith and other community groups.
There will also be input from the council's Safeguarding Team to offer guidance to faith groups on child and vulnerable adult protection issues.
The workshop will start at 6.30pm and end by 8.30pm, with registration and refreshments from 6pm.
Advance booking is advised as places are limited
This event is being organised as part of Southwark's ongoing response to the situation many of its faith groups find themselves in without suitable premises. The borough has the highest concentration of unauthorised faith premises anywhere in London. The workshop is therefore aimed at faith groups in the first instance. However, there may be places for other community groups and expressions of interest are most welcome.