Supporting a strong, active and cohesive community
The work of CPU supports communities to shape where they live and develop pride in their neighbourhood. This is delivered through projects across the Borough that engage directly with residents and their communities and make a substantial contribution to the delivery of the council’s new Corporate Plan Outcomes
Thriving Communities Strategy (2019 - 2023)
The long-term aims of the Community Partnerships Unit are contained in the council’s new Thriving Communities Strategy (2019-2023) which CPU is responsible for delivering and monitoring.
This sets out the council’s commitment to working with our residents to develop thriving communities across the borough, supported by a strong voluntary and community sector. This is an integrated strategy, enabling CPU to bring together the work of many departments across the council to deliver these four outcomes:
1. There is an active and sustainable voluntary and community sector in Hounslow that meets the needs of our residents.
2. All residents and communities can play a role in shaping the place they live and the services they receive.
3. Our residents have the opportunity to lead independent, healthy lives with the skills, confidence and resources to support each other.
4. Hounslow is a borough where all communities get on well together, people know their neighbours and they feel safe.
The new strategy addresses the challenges we anticipate that individuals, communities and VCSE service providers will face in the 2019-2023 period. With reduced financial resources, the council will continue to reshape our approach to collaborative working to deliver what the community and the VCSE Sector are telling us they need.
Support for voluntary and community organisations
There is a very strong support network available to the voluntary and community sector in Hounslow, provided by organisations who are committed to an active and resilient voluntary sector.
- Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Service (HVSSS)
- Hounslow Community Network (HCN)
- Volunteering Hounslow
- Community Information Guide
- Hounslow Community Transport
Annual survey (2019)
Every year we undertake a detailed survey of the community and voluntary organisations in Hounslow. This helps us to assess the state of the sector and to identify challenges being faced by the organisations. It also provides the VCSE sector with the opportunity to give us their feedback on the past year, and the types of training and support needs that they may have.
This year's survey was completed in May and received the most responses of all of our previous surveys. The feedback from over 110 groups and organisations shows a resilient voluntary sector that over the years has achieved some excellent results in this uniquely challenging economic environment.
The survey shows that growing demand for their services coupled with a reduction in funding from central government has pushed organisations to review their ways of working and develop new partnerships.
The full findings of the latest survey are now available
We publish an e newsletter twice a month called Evolve. This is free and is sent to over 300 organisations across the borough. It provides up-to-date information about everything to do with the community and voluntary sector in Hounslow – including events and activities, new funding sources, training opportunities and ways to get involved in the local community.
If you would like to receive Evolve, or have something that you would like to promote free of charge, please email us.
The HVSSS produces two newsletters each month, one specifically on funding opportunities. To find out more or sign up email Iain Elliott
There are thousands of sources of funding for voluntary and community groups. To help find the right match for your organisation or service, and for advice on writing applications, please email HVSSS
We offer a range of grant funding to support the work of the voluntary and community sector and you can find out what is available and how to apply by visiting our council grants page
Consultation and engagement
The council undertakes consultations with Hounslow residents and CPU offers a support function, providing guidance on the law and best practice and putting together tools and templates to help officers conducting consultations. For information about consultations that are taking please visit our consultations page
In Hounslow there are many ways to become more active in your community and the CPU team is here to help you to get more involved in community life. Our officers work closely with residents, giving them practical support and advice to organise events and activities on their estates and in the local community.
Please visit our community engagement page
Community cohesion and Prevent strategy
CPU is working with Hounslow’s residents to develop improved community cohesion in the borough so that the diversity of people's backgrounds and circumstances is appreciated and valued. The CPU team is also responsible for delivering the national Prevent strategy . This is part of the national counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people being drawn into or supporting terrorism. For more information please visit the Prevent and community cohesion page.
Telephone: 020 8583 2450
7 Bath Road