We offer voluntary and community groups in Kingston a wide range of free networks and ad hoc events, where they can hear relevant information, network with peers and stakeholders, and feed into local policy.
Our free networks include:
Children and Young People’s Network
The Children and Young People’s Network meets quarterly and is open to organisations that both specifically work with or have contact with Children and Young People as part of their services. Led by KVA’s Children and Young People lead, the Network looks at areas including local statutory plans for children and young people, child safeguarding and best practice sharing.
The network has guest speakers at each meeting to educate and inform attendees of any updated or new information around a wide range of topics such as:
- Headlines on local safeguarding trends
- Initiatives such as the Local Armed Forces Covenant
- Local commissioning opportunities
We also disseminate to network members, details of all appropriate training available through KVA, the Kingston and Richmond LSCB, or Achieving for Children.
The network provides an opportunity to share experiences and best practice with other organisations.
The CYP network enables me to keep up to date, not only with local and national issues that may have an impact on our work in Kingston and Richmond, but also provides excellent networking and partnership working opportunities with other local voluntary sector groups.
Being a small charity and working part time, the CYP network is invaluable to me personally and as a way to cascade information to colleagues.
Lesley Mungur - Project Coordinator - Saying Goodbye
Health and Wellbeing Network
This network meets quarterly and is open to all those organisations with an interest in health and wellbeing in Kingston. The Network is managed by KVA’s Health and Social Care Manager. This is a key space for charities to hear about developments in local work and plans in this area from partners including the voluntary and community sector, Kingston CCG, Public Health and local pharmacists.
The content of each meeting reflects current activity and emerging issues. Past meetings have included presentations on:
- Adult Safeguarding
- The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
- Kingston Digital Health project
- London Sport
Each meeting gives dedicated time for networking, an opportunity for groups to share information about current programmes, activities and developments in their own organisation.
"I wanted to let you know that I think the Health and Wellbeing Network is one of the best things that I attend locally. I find it informative and educational as well as supportive and useful for networking. It gives me a chance to work with different people and groups from those usually in my network. I also think that the atmosphere of sharing and cooperation and keenness to learn from each other is a brilliant example of how the VCS should work. This is due, in my view, to your leadership and the tone you set at the meetings. Thank you for helping to make my job easier and more enjoyable."
Pippa Mackie - Chief Executive - Citizens Advice Kingston
The Trustee Network is open to trustees of Kingston's VCS. The group meets monthly to learn key information relevent to trustees and for peer-to-peer support. We know that a strong trustee board can make all the difference in the resliance and strategic travel of a group. The trustee network is a space for trustees to support each other to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help their charity or community group thrive. Past meeting have covered areas such as:
- Workplace health
- New Charity Governance Code
- Risk analysis
"I am so glad I joined the KVA Trustees Network at the beginning of this year. I have found it so useful to meet with trustees of other local charities and share our knowledge and experiences, and I feel free to ask questions. KVA provide invaluable information at the sessions, with handouts or links to information on line. I would encourage anyone who is local trustee, whether relatively new to the position or long-standing, to come along."
Hilary Orton - Trustee - Kingston Churches Action on Homelessness
If you wish to sign up to any of these network please complete the form below and state the organisation that you represent.