Voluntary Sector Forum Meeting 5 October 2022


The VCSE Sector Forum provides a space for VCSE organisations in the borough who offer activities or services to people in Kingston to raise and discuss issues that impact on the sector together with statutory partners. 

The latest forum took place on 5 October 2022.


You can access the Zoom meeting here: 

Voluntary Sector Forum Meeting - Zoom


Access the Power Point slides here: 

VCS Forum - Latest Council Financial Position

VCS Forum - Cost Of Living

SWL Integrated Care Systems

Kingston Cost of Living & Warm Spaces


For details on the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) as mentioned in the meeting, please click here.


5 October 2022 Agenda  

Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector Commissioning 2023 

Sarah Ireland, Executive Director of Corporate and Communities, RBK, set out the financial context the council is facing at the moment and in the next 4 years. For Sarah’s presentation please click here. 

Charlotte Rohan, Assistant Director Contracts and Commercial, talked about the phased approach to VCSE Commissioning from March 2023. For more information about the relevant report and recommendations which were approved at the People Committee on 27 September 2022, please click here.  (Appendix B). Charlotte indicated that the Invitation to Tender for the themes under Phase 1 should be on London Portal around 17 October.  To register follow this link: https://procontract.due-north.com/register  If you need any 1-2-1 support on how to register please email commissioning@kingston.gov.uk   

Louise Footner, Assistant Director for Culture, Communities and Engagement gave us feedback following the VCSE Strategy Working group meeting held on 20 September 2022 and informed us that the strategy will be ready for approval in March 2023, following some additional work in the next few months, which will include a further two workshops, one of which will involve RBK Councillors. 


Cost of living Crisis  

Louise Footner then gave us a presentation on the borough offer this winter during the cost of living crisis, which will be delivered adopting the community hubs model. Please go to Louise’s presentation for further details on suggested venues across the borough. As soon as we have more detailed information about the ‘warm spaces’ and their opening times, we will add them to this page. If you have any questions or ideas, contact louise.footner@kingston.gov.uk 

Martha Earley, Corporate Head of Service, Public Health, Kingston Stronger Together Partnership and Community Response Hub, Adult Social Care and Health and Katharine Dallas, Self Care and Signposting Lead, Kingston Stronger Together Covid-19 Community Response Hub spoke about the Household Support Fund. Please visit this page of the RBK website to find out more. Local VCSE organisations can apply for grants to support residents. To access the application, please click here. 

The HSF funding for 1 Oct 2022 - 31 March 2023 has slightly different parameters than the previous funds but retains flexibility in how this money can be spent.  The council is hoping to include the following: Nutritional meals for residents, especially clinically vulnerable residents (following NICE guidelines); Warm Spaces for residents to attend; Support with food, energy/utility bills, essentials e.g. bedding, boiler repairs, and clothing; and Provision of household equipment to help with keeping warm, eg. electric blankets, hot water bottles and thermos flasks. For more information you can also email the team on: householdsupportfund@kingston.gov.uk  

For Martha and Katharine’s presentation packed with relevant links please click here. 


SWL Integrated Care System update 

Iona Lidington, Director of Public Health, RBK, Kingston Place Convenor, ICP DPH Lead gave us an update on SWL Integrated Care System and its boards. Iona also talked about the merging of Kingston Health and Wellbeing Board and Kingston Strategic Partnership into the new Kingston Partnership Board (inaugural meeting on Thursday, 6 October 2022). For Iona’s presentation please click here 

Sanja Djeric Kane, CEO of KVA also mentioned that the work on the SWL VCSE Alliance continues and that there has been an open tender process for hosting the Director post.  All the SWL CVS organisations supported a bid submitted by Croydon VA. The outcome is not known yet.