Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) is the infrastructure and umbrella organisation for voluntary and community organisations in the Borough of Kingston upon Thames. We are a registered charity, with Charitable Incorporated Organisation number 1160403 (formerly 257551).
KVA works to create, support and amplify community action in Kingston upon Thames. We offer a comprehensive wrap-around service to charities and community groups of advice, guidance, training, networking, representation and brokerage.
We work closely with Kingston stakeholders, ensuring that the work of the VCS sector is best utilised to benefit those who live, work or study in Kingston.
We want - and work towards - a Kingston where communities are active, strong and connected.
Aims and Objectives
Our Mission states:
Kingston Voluntary Action leads community engagement, creating opportunities for organisations and individuals to be empowered, enabling them to reach their full potential so that they can make a difference to their communities.
Our aim is to support, advise and develop voluntary organisations and community groups through the provision of information, advice and services. We review existing provision, identify unmet need, initiate new projects and development to meet these needs.
We also undertake a co-ordinating function within the voluntary sector and between the voluntary and statutory sectors and other partners.
KVA is part of a national network of over 250 local infrastructure bodies, known as Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS).
We believe that infrastructure has a crucial role in helping to build strong, connected communities.
We see infrastructure as based on three complementary and intertwined strands: capacity building, connecting and representation.
See video below to get a better understanding what a Council for Voluntary Services is.