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Almost 70 attendees came to discuss their concerns and experiences at our Strong in Southwark Report Launch


On 27th June, Healthwatch Southwark and the Southwark LGBT Network launched the joint report 'Strong in Southwark' at London Southbank University.

Strong in Southwark

Have a look at some of the social media activity from the event.

The report is based on a survey, led by local residents from its inception, running from July - November 2018, which took a social action approach to exploring the lived experience of being LGBTQ+ in Southwark. 

The findings from this social action LGBTQ+ survey showed a mixed outlook on life experiences in Southwark.

Some key stats include:

  • Over 70% felt that mainstream services weren't inclusive of LGBTQ+ clients;
  • 34% of respondents preferred socialising inside Southwark rather than outside the borough;
  • 58 % of respondents believe that there is no sense of LGBTQ + community in Southwark; leading to concerns surrounding safety.
  • 42% of respondents had had a mental health illness with the past two years.

 Download a copy of the report here: Strong in Southwark


 This event was supported by Southwark Council, Public Health, the VCS and a number of health departments across the borough.

 Nearly 70 attendees came to discuss their concerns and experiences of health and wellbeing, socialising, community safety, among other important issues.

 Southwark LGBTQ+ residents and allies shared their thoughts, experience and feedback on the work the team have been doing.

 We want to thank Cllr Victor Chamberlain, panellists and attendees for making this a successful event.

 This will help us to gain the intelligence we need to help make Southwark be a better place to live in!

 Some report recommendations have already been taken for action, and we'll be working to ensure that others are actioned to make Southwark a better place for its LGBTQ+ communities.



If you would like further information on this work, please contact:

Healthwatch Southwark

  • Email: info@healthwatch.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 358 7005
  • Twitter: @HWSouthwark 

Southwark LGBT Network

  • Email: Chair@southwarklgbtnetwork.com
  • Twitter: @SwarkLGBTNet
  • www.southwarklgbtnetwork.com



Email: info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk

Telephone: 0207 358 7005

Next event

Help us shape young people’s mental health services in South East London will take place on 24 Jul 2019

Location: Garry Weston Library at Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA