Why we love Kingston

Kingston is an amazing place in which to live, work, study or visit.

It’s a thriving borough, with people from all walks of life, different cultures and different experiences.

From students in Kingston's educational establishments, to residents who have lived their whole lives in the Borough, to communities who have come and made Kingston their home.  

Swans & Kingston Bridge

So what's the need?

Being connected to where we live, work and learn creates healthy and happy communities.

Too many residents in our rapidly growing, ageing and diversifying Borough are isolated from both people and place.  Losing loved ones, frailty, language barriers and mental ill-health are just some of the challenges local people face. You can find out more about the need in Kingston by folloiwing this link to the Kingston Story 2018, produced by NHS Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and Kingston Council. 

To tackle these issues, Love Kingston's current grant making theme 'From Isolation to Integration', is for intergenerational projects that focus on loneliness and mental health, which form part of the Kingston Plan that is supported by the Kingston Strategic Partnership. 

Since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, this need is greater than ever, which is why we have launched the Kingston Covid-19 Crisis Appeal. Your donation will help support the most vulnerable in our community get through the pandemic. 

Together we can create change

 

"In the cold and grey winter when feeling alone, I think about The Vintage Banquet and suddenly the sadness is gone."

Guest at The Vintage Banquet project which tackles social isolation in older people.  

 

London as a city is ready and willing to give. London’s cash giving is estimated at £5.6 billion a year from private sources; over a quarter of giving in the UK overall.

Kingston is one of the wealthier boroughs of London, with higher than average levels of home ownership, higher than average median wages, and lower than average levels of unemployment (2 RBK, Borough Profile, 2013). But did you know that there are pockets of high deprivation that lead to marked inequalities in the borough of Kingston? 

We believe therefore that to support those in need in Kingston, we need to look no further than the Borough's boundaries.

Let’s make Kingston great together.

Map of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

 

Our stories

Discover who we have funded to change lives in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames