Jill Darling, Community Development

I have recently taken over the community development role in KVA which involves providing guidance to voluntary and community organisations at all stages of their development and signposting organisations to further support.  This also includes an overview of the training and development support that KVA offers to all VCS organisations in Kingston.

I have mainly worked in and around the voluntary, community and public sectors for most of my working life, though this has also included private sector involvement.  I have undertaken projects in housing, community justice, substance misuse, the Prison Service and Probation, management, higher education, as well as staff, volunteer and organisation development. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Most recently I was the Voluntary Sector Lead at Kingston Council which included running the Corporate Grants Programme for nearly five years and working closely on the joint development of Kingston’s first Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy.  My focus has always been on building strong relationships between the VCS and statutory organisations and making local partnership working a reality. Doing this requires a strong, resilient and sustainably funded voluntary and community sector and I am committed to doing what I can to support this in my role.

In my leisure time, I attempt to paint, enjoy reading, the theatre and meeting up with friends.