Who we are…

The Big Local South Bermondsey Partnership is part of a national and innovative resident led community programme.  See the www.biglocalcommunity.org.uk

The South Bermondsey Partnership is an umbrella organisation which has created a legacy of the Big Local Works (BLW) based at 4 Market Place, Southwark Park Road, London, SE16 3UQ. Tel 0207 237 5221. www.blw.org.uk  And the Community Kitchen.

At the BLW the services offered include benefits advice, one to one, representation at tribunals, employability skills training including job interviews and also office hire space.

The Bermondsey Community Kitchen ( www.bermondseycommunitykitchen.co.uk) was founded in 2015 by community activist Mike Donovan with the support of the BLSB Partnership and launched by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc and is located in Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ.

It evolved to offer volunteering opportunities, job opportunities and a kitchen gardening project. It also provides a training facility offering a Level 1 and 2 City and Guilds qualification.

Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Paul Kyriacou, chairman of the South Bermondsey Partnership has issued the following statement …

In line with government advice on Covid-19, the Big Local Works at 4 Market Place, has taken the decision to temporarily close and staff are no longer offering a face-to-face or telephone advice service.

I am therefore sharing the information below from Citizens Advice Southwark should anyone need help or assistance with a wide range of advice as detailed below:-

Advice and Assistance to local residents

Citizens Advice Southwark – We’re here to help in times of crisis

We are working hard to support local residents throughout the Coronavirus outbreak.

We know that in this difficult time, many of Southwark’s residents will be facing challenges when it comes to job security, limited income, access to welfare benefits, paying their fuel bills and much more.

We want to reassure you that, while we have had to suspend our face to face sessions until further notice, our advisers are now working remotely and are still here to provide as much support as possible in this time of crisis.

To give people even more opportunity to contact us our phone service has been expanded to 08.00 to 18.00 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 08.00 to 19.00 on Tuesday

People can reach us in the following ways:


Adviceline 0344 499 4134
Help to Claim (Universal Credit support) 0800 144 8 444

Online referral




Online help for people struggling with Coronavirus

Extensive advice regarding Coronavirus with details of relevant changes to welfare benefits, support available to those in employment, those who are self-employed, and those who are struggling to pay their bills can be found on the following links:

What you can do if your employer has told you not to work

What to do if you are self-employed and your income has dropped because of Coronavirus

What different benefits might be available if you are affected by the Coronavirus situation

Information about scams, paying your bills (including rent), money problems as a result of Coronavirus, and claiming benefits

Information for people who are struggling to pay things like rent, mortgage or energy bills because of Coronavirus

For more information about our services see our website https://www.citizensadvicesouthwark.org.uk/ or see us on Twitter @SouthwarkCAB

Wishing you all the very best, and stay safe

All at Citizens Advice Southwark

Citizen Advice Southwark, 8 Market Place,
Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ

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