Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy
Our Borough has a vibrant and diverse voluntary and community sector that provides a wide range of services, activities and support to residents.
The Voluntary and Community Sector Strategy (VCSS) has been developed by representatives from the statutory and voluntary sectors, including KVA, and is relevant to local community groups, larger voluntary organisations, commissioners and service users.
The Strategy sets out how we shall work together in Kingston upon Thames, to make a real difference to our community.
It sets out our vision for working together – which is for:
'A thriving local voluntary and community sector, whose role and contribution as strategic partners is
recognised and valued for its economic, social and environmental contribution to the Borough.'
The Strategy focuses on community development and engagement, commissioning, capacity building and communications. KVA is the strategic lead for community development and engagement.
The Strategy is supported by the Voluntary Sector Compact, which sets out a way of working between statutory organisations and the voluntary and community sector.
An Action Plan is now being developed to turn the vision into reality. Regular updates about the Strategy and Plan will be available through the Kingston VCSS website.
Strategy in Action
See our case study example of community development and engagement.