Voluntary and community sector

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is keen to continue supporting voluntary and community organisations through promoting partnership working and offering a number of funding schemes to organisations that provide services to residents and improve quality of life.

For information on funding and support for voluntary and community organisations, visit the funding opportunities page.

Kensington and Chelsea Compact

The Kensington and Chelsea Compact is a written agreement between the public sector and the voluntary and community sector which strengthens working relations between the sectors. The Compact is relevant to all voluntary and community groups working in the Royal Borough, not just those funded by the local public sector. 

We want local voluntary and community groups to sign up to the Kensington and Chelsea Compact to show that they support its commitments and principles.

Sign up using our online form to submit a few details about your organisation.

Kensington and Chelsea Compact [PDF] (file size 673.25 KB)

Current Consultation on Rent Levels for Voluntary Organisations Occupying Council Properties Proposal

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council is proposing introducing some changes to the way in which rent levels are set for voluntary organisations that are in receipt of Council grants or contracts and occupying Council owned property. 

The Volunary Sector Property Subsidy Policy sets out the revised approach. 

Voluntary Sector Property Subsidy Policy [PDF] (file size 221.67 KB)

The key point is that, in a few months time, the Council is minded to move to a position of charging market rents; and that if this leads to an increase in an organisations’ rent then its grant or contract from the Council will be increased accordingly, so that the rent increase is cost neutral to the organisation and income-neutral to the Council.

The reason behind this proposed policy is to make the rental policy clearer, more consistent and as a result fairer to all voluntary organisations.

Before introducing the changes outlined in the proposed policy, the Council wish to give the organisations that would be subject to this policy the opportunity to comment on the planned changes, in line with the Kensington and Chelsea Compact. 

This consultation has now closed. 

Thank you for your comments.  A report on the findings of the consultation will be published shortly.


Kensington and Chelsea Social Council

We also support the Kensington and Chelsea Social Council, an independent charity and umbrella body for voluntary and community organisations in Kensington and Chelsea. They provide training, funding advice, lobbying and more.

Borough Voluntary Organisations Advisory Group

The Borough Voluntary Organisations Advisory Group (BVOAG) is the formal mechanism by which the voluntary sector raises issues with the Council and with local health services. The voluntary and community sector is represented by fourteen elected representatives covering nine different areas of expertise. To find out more about BVOAG, including how the committee is elected and upcoming meeting dates, visit Kensington and Chelsea Social Council's website.

Further information

The following document, by the London Voluntary Sector Council, gives and overview of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Kensington and Chelsea:

'VCSE Sector at a Glance' briefing [PDF] (628KB)

  • Third Sector website: news articles, event listings, job adverts and more 
  • How to guides for small charities, on the Guardian website: expert advice from the sector on topics ranging from innovation to fundraising, and how to keep up with the crowd when you're part of a small team
  • Case study: Open Age are an organisation that have received funding and support from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Recently, Open Age have been selected to be included as a case study in the guide Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation in Later Life. This has been developed by the Campaign to End Loneliness and Age UK. This guide reflects a range of varied solutions that are needed in order to offer an effective response to these issues and can be found on Open Age’s website, with Open Age’s case study on page thirty.