The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in south east London is wonderfully diverse and vast. We estimate there are well over 6,000 VCSE organisations in south east London alone. Charities, community groups, social enterprises, faith groups are all considered to be part of the VCSE sector.

Some of these organisations provide vital health and care services, whereas others are focused on addressing the wider determinants of a person’s health such as employment and homelessness. Some organisations also provide advocacy services for local people and communities. As a result, the VCSE sector is key to ensuring we prevent people needing to access hospital services and prevent people becoming unwell. It is also a vital partner in our work to address health inequalities.

What role does the VCSE sector have in the South East London Integrated Care System?

The VCSE sector is a key strategic partner within our South East London Integrated Care System, particularly in:

  • Working with ICS partners to set strategy and improve and deliver integrated services.
  • Developing and delivering new models of care, focusing on prevention and tackling the wider determinants of health and wellbeing.
  • Sharing insights and information about the needs of local people and communities, and partnering with us to engage local people and communities in all we do.
  • Leadership and advocacy, changing the way we work and bringing a fresh perspective.

How do we collaborate and work with the sector?

VCSE organisations are involved in key ICS governance and decision making. Currently VCSE sector organisations are members of each of our Local Care Partnerships. There is also a VCSE member on our Integrated Care Partnership.

We have also established an interim strategic network of VCSE representatives which will provide strategic input into ICS work with the VCSE sector. For more information and to participate in this group please contact or

Voluntary & Community News, Stories & Events

Tal Rosenzweig appointed as Director of Voluntary Sector Engagement and Partnership

We are delighted to confirm that Tal Rosenzweig has been appointed as the new Director of Voluntary Sector Engagement and Partnership for the South East London Integrated Care System (ICS). This is a new role and is one of the first of its kind in the country. It was developed with voluntary, community and social […]

30 Nov 2022
Lewisham Café providing mental health support for people in crisis in the community

People experiencing a mental health crisis will now be able to get mental health support and therapeutic treatment faster and closer to home. The Bridge Café in Deptford, Lewisham will be delivered by the 999 Club in partnership with our partners South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Lewisham residents who are 18 and over, […]

30 Nov 2022
S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys Project at Woolwich Works

The S.M.I.L.E-ing Boys project is a creative arts, research-led project by artist Kay Rufai focusing on the eight main factors responsible for happiness. These factors were then used to design a series of photography, poetry and discussion-based art workshops with 30 boys from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds’ delivered by Kay, as a response to […]

09 Nov 2022