Who we are
Kew Neighbourhood Association (KNA, Charity no. 1034340) was established in Kew in 1977 by local residents.
KNA’s charitable objectives are the provision of services and facilities for people in Kew who are housebound or have mobility difficulties, without regard to race, sex, politics, religion, etc. KNA has a committee of Trustees, including a Chair and Treasurer, and is administered by a part-time salaried Co-ordinator from a small office in St Luke’s House, Sandycombe Road.
KNA also employs a part-time Companionship Co-ordinator to oversee KNA's Companionship programme of activities, following from the report of consultant-led research in 2015 into Loneliness & Isolation in Kew (based on the findings of interviews done by KNA volunteers), which suggested there is a substantial need for more contact with Kew’s elderly and isolated residents, and that there are more ways of achieving this than just home visits.
KNA is funded principally by grants from other charities, from Richmond Council and by donations and fundraising events.
KNA’s current activities are:
• the provision of lifts by volunteer drivers in their own cars to those needing transport to medical appointments (e.g., GP or hospital) and to day centres, etc. (mainly the Avenue Club in Kew);
• providing volunteer companionship to isolated residents by periodic visits in their homes, accompanying them for local walks and to local cafes, cinema, theatre, cricket, etc.;
• assisting those in need of help with shopping and some light gardening;
• an annual tea party for clients and thank you party for KNA's Volunteers.
KNA has some 190 clients, 70 volunteer drivers, and 20 companionship volunteers. In 2017-18, over 2,300 driving jobs were carried out and over 750 companionship visits.
Our vision is to enable people in Kew to remain independent for as long as possible.
We work closely with individuals and organisations to support people in Kew who have difficulty getting out and about, or who would appreciate a little regular company, by providing access to reliable, neighbourly help.
(1) Being a known, trusted and valuable part of our local community in Kew.
(2) Delivering a service of the best possible quality, only doing what we can do well.
(3) Valuing all our staff, volunteers and the people we help.
(4) Working collaboratively with other relevant organisations.
(5) Listening to others, particularly older people, and taking their views into account.
(6) Being self-critical and ready to learn and change.
Our volunteers offer driving, companionship, shopping, and light gardening. We do not provide intensive support or specialised help.
• We welcome applications from individuals with an interest in helping those needing support in our community to maintain their independence, including those with a particular interest in healthcare;
• Experience or contacts in the voluntary sector in Richmond, and in relevant parts of Richmond Council would be helpful.
• We are looking for trustees who are prepared to do more than simply attend committee meetings (four times per year, usually on a Monday or Wednesday evening) and our AGM in early February;
• The term of office for each Trustee is an initial two years, with annual re-election up to a maximum of six;
• Trustees receive no remuneration for their trustee duties; we can reimburse reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the course of carrying out duties in line with our Volunteer Expenses Policy.
Skills and knowledge required for the role
- Fin Mgmt
- Org Dev
Next Committee Meeting 22 January 2020
Next AGM Feb 2020
- April-2019-KNA-Trustee-Role-Description-for-recruitment-FINAL.pdf - Download