Southampton is a thriving port town but there are also high levels of deprivation in some areas.
Despite the cities overall prosperity there are pockets of multiple deprivations where residents suffer from poor health, low qualifications, unemployment and higher crime rates.
Education, Crime, Health, Income and Employment are seen as some of the most challenging areas for the City.
There are around 500 community, charity and voluntary organisations working in Southampton to tackle some of the major issues. These organisations often work independently and without any real engagement with other 'Third Sector' organisations or the Business community. By placing a Business Connector in the City to specifically look at building new relationships that didn’t exist before new skills, ideas and energy can be brought to bear on some of the more urgent causes and issues.
4 wards in top
of most deprived in England Footnote1
community groups in Southampton Footnote2