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 as a council.
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.
We have to focus our limited resources on the areas where we feel we can make the most positive impact in delivering our fairer future vision. But securing a fairer future is more than just what the council can do with its own resources.
The borough has a rich array of talents, for example those who are helping others day in day out through local voluntary and community organisations, and strong communities in street after street across our borough.
The council will put in place policies that support young people to make the best of themselves with access to the jobs, the best education and training opportunities that living in the heart of the capital city should offer.
We will work together with residents, businesses and partners to transform public services for the people of Southwark. We will foster a culture of innovation and imagination that enables us to build a brighter future for all.
We'll also work with our residents and the police to make the streets safer. We'll encourage healthy lifestyles among individuals and families by having quality parks, open spaces and leisure services.
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.
What to expect when working for us
It’s our ambition to create a highly skilled and motivated workforce. Development is being embedded as a key part of the organisational culture .
This future organisational approach will create an empowered workforce who make positive contributions to help communities thrive. Employees will be given the support, knowledge and opportunities required to maintain their continuing personal development and to contribute to the wider community.
Our culture will embrace personal and team accountability for goals and results to enable delivery of results that improve the quality of life.
Adopting the philosophy of ‘growing our own’ will increase our employee’s skills and abilities and support employability. In September 2012, we were awarded IiP "silver", which is recognition of our commitment to achieve these aspirations.