PemPeople (People Empowering People) was set up in 2010 as a non-profit social enterprise organisation by Founder & Community Enabler – Nicholas Okwulu, who has been delivering and engaging with communities in Southwark and Lambeth, most especially in the Livesey and Coldharbour wards.

The aim of the organisation is to create drive, motivation and solutions from within, in short giving capacity to those residents to deliver the  projects in their communities.

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Our Mission

Pempeople’s mission is to promote and achieve increased inclusion of all communities within society, and accomplish effective development and growth of our target communities from within; effectively empowering our target communities to help themselves.


Pempeople’s aims to:

  • Address issues facing disadvantaged communities.
  • Promote inclusion of disadvantaged communities within their wider society.

We continually strive to tackle the inequalities in learning & education, employment, health and wellbeing by promoting and helping increase the inclusion of ethnic minority communities and those groups considered hard to reach. Foremost empowering local communities and residents to improve their lives for the better.

We deliver a wide range of community creative art projects and workshops that encourage disadvantaged people to express themselves creatively, gain confidence and self-esteem, foster team building and working with others in their community and share experiences.

Meet The Team

Our Highlights & Success Stories


  • PemPeople was founded in 2010
  • Part of the UK delegation that visits Poland as part of a British Council Exchange trip
  • Works with London Creative Labsa Project aimed at getting Lambeth estate residents back into work
  • Deliver First Project how to succeed in the music business
  • Acknowledged for our work with a with a royal visit from Prince Charles and  Duchess Camilla to our Xmas Big Lunch 2012
  • Sets up Pempeople Bike Project with Southwark Council and Metropolitan Police
  • Xellorate Dance funding through Safer Southwark Partnership
  • Vice Chair Unwin and Friary estate one of the largest estates in Peckham
  • Sets Up Loughborough estate Bike Project
  • Helps launch the Loughborough Estate Bike Project and secure £5,000 funding
  • Secures £22,000 to install play area on Unwin and Friary Estate
  • Ensures community investment secured for Unwin estate and put into the Unwin and Friary estate Hall £20,000
  • Winner of the Karcher Cleans Britain campaign with a visit from property guru & TV personality Sarah Beeny
  • Secures funding to extend to extend the Loughborough estate bike project
  • Funds two local residents to attain City and Guilds in Bike Maintenence
  • Starts Pempeople Livesey Ward Big Lunch that saw over three hundred residents attend
  • Hosted Black History Month To Vote or Not To Vote featuring the film “Why Black People Don’t” Vote with its producer Julian Nix, Green Party candidate Shara Ali & Michael Situ Labour Party
  • Nominated Southwarks Community Activist of the Year
  • GMC Community Champion of the Year
  • Starts first in a number of Pop up shops after being introduced to The Means by Peckham Vision
  • Held the first political hustings for the community to question the political leaders in Southwark & the largest in Lambeth and Southwark for 2014
  • Runner Cycle Initiative of the year 2014 London Cycling Campaign
  • First Collaboration with Tate Collective that has seen  further collaboration in the community and the launch of  “What Really Matters”
  • Lead Panel Partner for Neighbourhood First with the Community Development Foundation ensuring that local residents have more of a say and are able to apply for funding to deliver projects
  • London to Brighton 2015 with 25 residents from Lambeth and Southwark with 20 of those being first time long distance cyclist
  • Nominated Honorary Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell
  • Secures leasehold management contract for the shops at Burgess Park BMX Track which is the home to Peckham BMX club
  • Help a further two residents attain City and Guilds in Lambeth
  • Highly commended by London Transport for Innovate Transport Project with Lambeth Bike hubs a project that started as a seedling in Southwark
  • Delivered Summer Youth Project with the Metropolitan Police with Peckham Academy
  • Secured funding that ensures that many hard to reach groups are able to become more involved in the Commiunity e.g  Sothwark Travellers and Somalian resident and also Southwarks first international exchange to visit the BMX from Hungary.
  • Initiated interest in Peckham with Eden Project and Tate Moderns Collectives
  • Secured funding through Hyde Housing , London & Quadrant Mears, Wandle Housing and Lloyds Bank for the largest Big Lunch event in London

Our Sponsors & Partners

ASDAN Training Centre

ASDAN offers a range of nationally approved and popularly recognised qualifications based around the development of personal, social and employability skills.

We at PemPeople are proud to be given the status as a registered ASDAN training centre. This gives us the opportunity to a deliver ASDAN’s curriculum and flexible customised programmes that gives our trainees and volunteers the recognition they deserve.

Future Developments

We are currently in the process of securing the tenancy of abandoned garages on the North border of Southwark.
We aim to open this space up as cultural and learning hub and will strive to make it a vital resource for the local area by meeting local community needs. We are so excited about the future prospects and benefits this site will bring for residents, communities and businesses.
Negotiations are still ongoing and we will bring you progress updates as they happen. Sign up to our online newsletter for updates.