The Southwark Inter-Racial Committee was proposed in 1965, with key support from the Southwark Rotary Club. However, when Southwark Trades Council refused to join a committee with a rotary club, the Rotary Club withdrew from the proposed committee. In February 1965 the Inter-Racial Comittee was still looking for a permanent building to house its activities. It aimed to act 'as a "sorting house" for information relating to racial disputes'. Despite the rise of government funding for inter-racial committees, however, Southwark Council refused funding to the Southwark Inter-Racial Committee, prompting protests by the Bermondsey Trades Council. Funding was only eventually secured when the Inter-Racial Committee agreed to change its name to the Southwark Council for Community Relations in December 1966.