In making application for funding, it is vital to know about the social landscape of Lewisham to help make your case stronger.
- You are located in a place where there is a relatively low number of cultural organisations, and whose loss would further reduce cultural engagement opportunities for audiences, particularly for people from under-served groups in society and for young people
- You are located in a place where there are relatively low levels of cultural engagement and that, as an organisation, you work with people there, particularly those from under-served groups, to help them develop and express their creativity throughout their lives
General information about Lewisham as a borough
It is generally accepted that areas of higher deprivation tend to have lower levels of cultural engagement. Age, gender, disability, ethnicity etc are all relevant in this sense. Overall it may be difficult to argue that Lewisham as a whole has low levels of cultural engagement and so a focus on one or more of these groups may be important or alternatively parts of the north and certainly the south of the borough (Deptford and Downham are amongst the most deprived areas in the country, with 90% of Lower Layer Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in the bottom 20% nationally).
This site provides excellent access to Lewisham data and is relatively easy to use. At the click of your mouse you can create reports on different parts of the borough or themed reports for the whole borough. You find information related to age, ethnicity, employment, health and lots more
This report from the Lewisham Poverty Commission, although three years old is still relevant and contains useful information including around employment.