The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has a vibrant and diverse voluntary and community sector that provides a wide range of services activities and support to residents in the borough.

Kingston Council and its partners also have a long-standing commitment to investing in the sector, including building their capacity to respond to need and working in partnership to secure the best possible outcomes for Kingston's residents.


The Challenge

Changes to the economic and political climate requires public sector organisations to reduce their spending. At the same time there are increasing demands on services.

Kingston's not-for-profit organisations focus on those in particular need, such as people who are older, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers, disabled, victims of crime, carers or living on low incomes.

Yet it these organisations that are often taken for granted despite their considerable impact in changing the landscape of mainstream services. They are often best placed to identify and meet need as it arises, advocate for local people and respond creatively to new challenges.

Working together and sharing resources and expertise is the most realistic way to manage the challenge of reduced spending and increased demand. For this to happen effectively it is vital that the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy is not only agreed but also implemented by its key stakeholders, including decision-makers across the Kingston Strategic Partnership.


The Vision

Our vision is for a vibrant voluntary sector to take its rightful place in contributing to shaping and delivering services and building stronger, more resilient communities in Kingston upon Thames:

The following goals will help us achieve this:

  1. The Voluntary and Community Sector is robust, recognised and valued for its role and contribution to shaping and delivering services that communities want and need across a range of activities.
  2. There is a clear, shared vision around providing and encouraging innovative ways of making the most of limited resources available, improving service outcomes and meeting local needs
  3. Commissioners from all statutory partners benefit from innovative, responsive and accessible local services, knowing that any investment will bring improvements for our communities and our environment and will reach out to the more isolated and marginalised
  4. Voluntary and community sector organisation offer a strong and experienced contribution to early intervention and prevention; thus avoiding or reducing the need for more complex and costly interventions and supporting and maintaining independence and a good quality of life for everyone