Spanish is the second most spoken language in the London Borough of Southwark and nearly 9% of the Borough’s population self-identify as Latin American. The Elephant and Castle is home to over 80 Latin American shops and businesses, as well as a strong lobby for a Latin Quarter.

In response to the needs of this identifiable and growing Spanish speaking community in south London the Diocese of Southwark began a Spanish language faith community in late 2015. The initial meetings in November and December were successful, with signs of some local leadership emerging from the group and increasing numbers of Spanish speakers being attracted to the events.

Building on signs of early success, the Diocese is now developing plans for an integrated response to community building for Spanish speaking people. This includes working through social media and local leaders, identifying a base for this community to use, and developing partnerships with other organisations to support this distinctive community.

Ven Dr Jane Steen, Archdeacon of Southwark