COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Information for voluntary, community and faith sector

Kingston Council has signed up to a pledge recognising that the COVID-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time. We are committed to providing help if needed to adapt activities, discuss reporting deadlines, providing financial flexibility and generally listening to any concerns you have. You can find more details and a full list of organisations here.

Working and volunteering safely

You can find the latest government advice for trustees and people who manage charities online, including guidance for trustees to check governing documents to facilitate changes as to how or when meetings are held, to allow virtual or telephone meetings where possible. 

The Mayor of London’s team have also issued guidance for volunteers on how to stay safe whilst helping others including advice on protecting vulnerable groups.

The council has established a volunteering network called Kingston Stronger Together working in partnership with Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) and Volunteering Kingston. If you are interested in participating, please see details here.

Funding opportunities 

If you are part of the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Kingston, there are a number of ways you can apply for funding during these challenging times.

London Funders have launched London Community Response, which provides emergency financial support for organisations across the capital. More details and how to apply.

More details of other funding measures in place during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be found at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations here and a post by Charity Excellence here.