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 ask 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.

The Kensington and Chelsea Compact is currently undergoing a refresh to ensure continuing relevance to the current influences on the local voluntary and public sector agencies. The draft of the proposed 2016 Kensington and Chelsea Compact is available below, with the different coloured text indicating the changes that have been made, influenced by good practice Compacts from other areas (red text) and additions from the local Compact Refresh sounding board (purple text).  The format of the document is indicative at this stage. 

Draft Refresh - Kensington and Chelsea Compact


Kensington and Chelsea Compact

Summary leaflet - Kensington and Chelsea Compact

Good practice guidelines for the Council’s approach to voluntary organisations in difficulties


Rent Levels for Voluntary Organisations Occupying Council Properties Policy

This policy is presently under review by the Council and revised details will be available as soon as it has been finalised.


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.

Minutes of the Borough Voluntary Organisations Group - 15 September 2016

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)