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SAVS is an independent charity known as a CVS. That means we work behind the scenes to help local charities and community groups achieve their full potential.
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As you may know we send out a weekly email to all our members and other important members of Southend's Community. Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with MyTown Southend.  MyTown - is a online magazine to celebrate the good news about Southend and builds links in the community. They have given us the chance to bring sound and video to the now 'famous' Friday Email. to view this weeks email just follow the 



Our Patient Healthline is in its 9th month and the calls keep coming. If you need extra support to manage a partners or your health condition then why not give us a call on 01702 356050.

This year it was the 30th anniversary of national Volunteers’ Week! An annual event run by NCVO (Volunteering England) taking place from 1-7th June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers and across the country events took place showcasing the different volunteering roles available, taster sessions, team challenges and volunteer award ceremonies. And Southend was no different!

Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) have a charity shop in Alexandra Street in Southend that urgently needs donations so they were thrilled when Alleyn Court Preparatory School stepped up to help!

Anne Crabb a teacher from the school arranged a week of collections at the school and invited Dan Turpin and Emily Middlemast to come and speak to the children about the work that SAVS does in Southend. SAVS is an independent charity known as a CVS that means they work behind the scenes to help local charities and community groups achieve their full potential. The talk had the desired effect! When they arrived to collect the donations a couple of days later, they were so pleased to see so many bags of toys, clothes, books and bric a brac – they could hardly get it all in the van!

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.