Southwark Stories

These stories bring together the voices of 33 residents of Camberwell, Dulwich, Elephant & Castle, Old Kent Road, Peckham and Walworth who took part in walking interviews with the Social Life team in Summer 2020 and Summer 2021.

We talked as we walked around local parks, community gardens, playgrounds, cafes and pubs. We explored how people living in these six areas felt about their neighbourhoods, local change and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their daily lives. 

The photographs that go with these narratives were taken during our walks and capture places that were important to the people we interviewed. These stories offer a detailed and layered snapshot of residents’ lived experiences. Walking interviews are a great way of respecting people's experiences

The walking conversations were part of a year-long research project commissioned by Southwark Council that started in April 2020 and concluded in Summer 2021. 

Read the summary of the wider Understanding Southwark research here

The full detail of the findings across the different strands of research is here

A detailed description of the findings of the work in six areas is here

The report of our work with young people is here 

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