Good News on VCSE Strategy Development

Many of you will be aware that discussions have been going on for some time about the development of a new VCSE Strategy for the whole borough. The strategy will aim to build more equal, transparent and collaborative relationships between the VCSE sector and our statutory partners, particularly Kingston Council and Health. A working group will be set up to progress the co-design process between now and May 2022, so that the emerging strategy will be ready for consultation by June 2022

This follows on from the Review of Commissioning to the VCSE sector which started in 2019 (put on hold because of the pandemic) and builds on the experience of how the VCSE sector responded proactively to the challenge of Covid-19.

Last year, a small working group from the Chief Officers’ Network looked again at the 2014 VCS Strategy. They agreed that the main themes of Community engagement, Commissioning and Communication, underpinned by capacity building and tackling inequalities, were still relevant and suggested that Assets should also be included in any new strategy.

The development work has now taken on a new impetus with Kingston Council recently appointing Julia Mlambo as Senior Strategy and Partnerships Officer – VCS Strategy to work with Louise Footner, Assistant Director, Culture, Communities and Engagement, to support the co-production work over the next few months, under the ‘ownership’ of Kingston Strategic Partnership (KSP).

The strategy will aim to build more equal, transparent and collaborative relationships between the VCSE sector and our statutory partners, particularly Kingston Council and Health.

Next steps

A working group will be set up to progress the co-design process between now and May 2022, so that the emerging strategy will be ready for consultation by June 2022.

If you would like to join the working group, please contact Sanja (sanja.djerickane@kva.org.uk) and/or Jill (communitydevelopment@kva.org.uk)