South East Virtual Coffeehouse Conversations

Fellowship Event

 -  | BST British Summer Time


  • People & place
  • Fellowship in Action
  • Social innovation

This new monthly online series offers the opportunity for South East Fellows to discover changemakers from across their region, be inspired and learn from each other.

Inspired by the RSA’s origin as an enlightenment coffeehouse over 250 years ago, our new South East Coffeehouse series offers an interactive space to share and develop ideas for social change. Each event will spotlight one South East Fellow, giving them the opportunity to share their work, challenges they’ve faced, the impact they’re having and future aspirations. Following the talks, you’ll be invited to join small group discussions to discuss the topic of the day, or anything else it brings up for you.

Join us for lunch on the first Friday of every month – discover local changemakers, meet Fellows, learn from each other’s work and start your weekend with a spark of inspiration.

Friday 7 October: Sutton African & Caribbean Cultural Organisation (SACCO)

Working in partnership with other local organisations, SACCO highlights issues that affect African and Caribbean communities to raise awareness of their culture, politics, and history, and to provide a platform for local talent from across Sutton, Croydon, Merton and Surrey. They organise social events, deliver youth mentoring schemes, platform writers and collaborate with local schools, hate crime organisations, and youth schemes as part of their outreach work.

In celebration of Black History Month 2022, SACCO will be partnering with RSA South East to deliver a series of creative workshops and an exhibition later in the month.

Friday 4 November: Aspire Oxfordshire community enterprise

Aspire supports people in Oxfordshire facing homelessness and disadvantage to secure fulfilling employment and safe housing. Established in 2001, Aspire has been tackling the most complex social issues in Oxfordshire for 20 years. They support local people into and towards employment and housing, as the most powerful way to break the complex cycles of homelessness, re-offending and poverty. We'll hear from Chair and RSA Fellow Carol Sweetenham, alongside CEO Paul Roberts - and hear about their enterprise model, challenges they're facing, and innovative ideas for the future.

Taking part in Online Events 

For our interactive online events, the RSA uses the platform Zoom. It may be necessary to follow a short set-up process. To understand how Zoom uses your data, please read theirPrivacy Policy in advance. 

Zoom call joining details will be sent out via email in advance of the event. 

If you have any access requirements or require any reasonable adjustments to support your participation, please let the team know by emailing: [email protected]. 

We sometimes record our online RSA Fellowship events for learning purposes, publicity and/or public viewing. By attending this event, you accept that you may appear in RSA videos or images as an attendee of this event.