The role of a Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Lead Partner is to build capacity for smaller groups, facilitate communication and promote partnership working within and between sub-sectors.


What does a Strategic Lead Partner do?

This involves working in partnership with Kingston Council and the Kingston Strategic Partnership to contribute as appropriate to strategic developments, plans and priorities in the relevant area of activity.

Strategic Lead Partners also contribute to relevant Partnership Boards and working groups by:

  • Representing the wider voluntary and community sector (VCS) voice
  • Raising awareness of the role and contribution of the VCS
  • Contributing to understanding the impact of any decisions on the VCS and its users
  • Contributing to identifying gaps in services and development of new services
  • Providing advice and support for other local VCS organisations in their area of work
  • Promoting collaborative working, capacity building and wider representation of the VCS
  • Using networks/communication channels to gather and feedback information and perspectives form to/their ‘constituency’, including under-represented groups and have clear responsibilities and pathways for two-way information flow
  • Being a member and attending meetings of the Voluntary Sector Board (co-chaired by the Leader of the Council and the CEO of Kingston Voluntary Action) to raise relevant issues and plan appropriate action

Visit the Strategic Lead Partners communications directory for details of Strategic Leads and their networks:


Who are the Strategic Lead Partners in Kingston?


Creative Youth

Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

Kingston Race and Equality Council


Kingston Carer's Network

Children and Families


Disabled People

Kingston Centre for Independent Living

Environmental Groups

Kingston Environment Forum

Information and Advice

Kingston Citizens Advice

Mental Health

The Fircroft Trust

Older People

Staywell (formerly Age Concern Kingston)


Sports Kingston

Substance Misuse Support Groups

Addiction Support Care Agency

Voluntary Sector

Kingston Voluntary Action

Young People