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The Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) mission is "To promote, develop and facilitate a thriving, effective and influential voluntary and community sector in Southend on Sea"
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Representatives from over 30 voluntary and community groups learnt more about the needs of veterans in Southend at an event organised by local charity, SAVS. 

Speakers from the Royal British legion and Veterans First talked about the issues faced by people leaving the armed forces, such as housing, mental ill health, adjusting to life in civvy street and the complex rules about the benefits they are entitled to.

Alison Semmence, Chief Exec of SAVS explained that there are many veterans living in Southend and the voluntary sector needs to understand their needs and make sure veterans  know about the vast amount of support on offer from Southend’s voluntary sector.

Recycling Rewards Communities encourages local residents to enter a prize draw to win £250 by pledging to recycle.  At the same time, residents are asked to vote for their favourite registered community organisation or project from a list of fantastic projects operating across Southend.  The five community projects that receive the most votes will receive between £500 - £4,000.  You will need to register your details by 5pm on 2nd May in order for your community group to be considered.  Your income needs to be between £10,000 and £250,000 and you need to benefit the Southend community.

We have been given the seal of approval by The Charity Commission as it has demonstrated it has all the hallmarks of an effective charity.  SAVS, the Southend Association of Voluntary Services was recently assessed by the Charities Evaluation Service and as a result has been awarded the nationally recognised PQASSO Quality Mark.

Our Triple Ts Clubs, run by Turning Tides, provides fun activities, games and sports for children living on the Woodgrange and Queensway estates in Southend.  The weekly clubs help children to learn new skills, feel part of the community and make new friends, without any financial burden to their families.  Triple Ts need £10,000 to keep going... can you help?   To make a donation or find out more, please contact Anthony on 01702 220103 or email  

If you are thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to start, why not come along to one of our New Volunteer Workshops? It’s free and there is no need to be apprehensive as these get- togethers are very friendly and informal and hot drinks are provided too! Our Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator, Emily, will ensure that you know everything that you need to know about volunteering and how to choose the right role for you. You will also get a chance to look at a selection of  current volunteering opportunities. To book your place please call 01702 356000 now.