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Civic Studio

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Civic Studio

Civic Studio

Civic Studio By Civic Studio

Civic Studio will be a working and learning space in Southwark for people with the desire to turn their ideas into positive social change.

Southwark Idea stage

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Civic Studio fits the brief for the High Street Fund by hosting activities and occupying empty space. We are asking for £18,500 to cover the cost of setting up a space where...

...People learn by doing. We will provide classes for people of all ages and backgrounds that share skills and knowledge from design, science and digital technology to help them turn their aspirations into action.

...People have a space to think. We will create an inviting, accessible workspace for people to come together, talk about their work, get some advice and support, and have time to research and learn from others.

...Great work is born. We will lead by example and use the space to make and test ideas we believe will tackle the important social issues in the area, while linking into the objectives of Southwark Council and other local partners.

What we'll deliver:

  • Hold weekly events to introduce local people to the different possibilities of making a social difference.
  • Transform a vacant space on the Walworth Road into an open learning and working environment.
  • Offer weekly classes across design, science and digital technology to allow people to learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Provide a flexible, shared workspace where people can meet and develop ideas around common interests.
  • Support or start new initiatives to tackle social issues in collaboration with Southwark Council and local partners.

Why it's a great idea:

We share the Mayor's vision that high streets should be places where local groups and organisations have the opportunity to try new ideas.

A lot of people in the area have the potential to create great things but lack the knowledge and support to make them happen. We aim to help anyone overcome these barriers and turn their good intentions into action, leading to higher individual aspirations and more local initiatives.

Everyone should have the opportunity to learn by doing but traditional education is inaccessible and detached from reality. We aim to make learning more open, agile and ideas-led, leading to an increase in the number of people receiving support that helps them progress in life.

Breakthroughs happen when professions collide but these opportunities are rare due to barriers of communication. We aim to bring people, businesses and local authorities together around common interests, leading to more strategic links between their objectives and our work.

Steps to get it done:

  • Decorate, remodel and furnish the space so it is welcoming, vibrant and fit for purpose.
  • Open our doors to the public and promote our classes and events in the local area.
  • Use the feedback to focus our own initiatives and build practical links with local organisations.
  • Identify and secure a six month starter lease for an appropriate space on the Walworth Road.
  • Listen to the types of issues, intentions and ideas that people come with to grow what we do.

Only people will change the world. We believe the high street should be a place where people from different cultural, economic and educational backgrounds come together and feel able to make a positive social change in their area.

It shouldn't always be the same people giving it a go. We want to engage people who would not ordinarily rub up against social innovation practice.

We are confident we can turn the high street into a place where learning, creative thinking, making and connecting can happen more fluidly across different sets of people.

Location Southwark

About the space

High street workspace


Southwark Council

How will the money be spent?Total £30,701

Rent and revenue costs - £10,000 (33%)
Decorating, remodelling, signage and security - £7,000 (23%)
Equipment - £5,000 (16%)
Furniture, fixtures and fittings - £4,000 (13%)
Teaching materials - £1,500 (5%)
Promotional materials - £1,000 (3%)
Other - £2,201 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Rent and revenue costs
Decorating, remodelling, signage and security
Furniture, fixtures and fittings
Teaching materials
Promotional materials
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £30,701

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