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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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Southend Association of Voluntary Services is a registered charity and council for voluntary service. We promote, encourage and develop voluntary and community action by empowering and providing excellent support and representation to frontline organisations throughout the Southend-on-Sea area and Essex.

Could you add to the strength of our Board of Trustees?

Our Trustees serve for set periods of time which means we need to refresh and revitalise the Board from time to time.  We are looking to select a small number of trustees with experience in the following fields:

·        Voluntary and Community Sector

·        Marketing/PR

·        Law

·        Finance and Investment


Turning Tides (SAVS) have joined with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and

Olympus Key Med to create the next edition of the popular Mo Book series. The book is designed to encourage people to take up recycling and minimise food waste.

The storyline sees Mo encouraging his friend Molly and her mother to change the way they dispose of their waste and implement a better system.

Local primary schools were invited to enter a competition for children in years 4, 5 to come up with a winning name for the blue food waste bin that features in the new book.

Turning Tides and Southend Association of Voluntary Services are launching a new project called Folk like Us. ‘Folk like Us’ will provide support and information to isolated and loneliness elderly residents living in Southend was  launched on Friday 7th August 2015 at SAVS Centre.

This new initiative will be delivered through Turning Tides; a project managed by Southend Association of Voluntary Services and has been funded through The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The project is funded for 3 years ending March 2018.

The aim of the “Folk like Us” project is to reduce isolation and disadvantage that many older people in Southend experience because of a lack of access to and knowledge about social activities and information to improve their quality of life. 

Southend Time Bank recently initiated its first exchange when Dan Brent accompanied Dawn Carter on one of her regular check-ups at the eye clinic.  Dawn recently became a member of the new Time Bank, and at her interview, asked if it would be possible for someone to accompany her to her appointment, as this is one of the many services available from members of the Time Bank.

The Triple T's youth clubs which are run by Turning Tides were recently given the opportunity to watch the Southend United VS. Wycombe Wanderers match at the Roots Hall stadium in Southend. 

Southend's Lions club provided tickets for 11 lucky children to attend the match which drew 2 all on Saturday 7th March. The children also enjoyed a hotdog on the day and each received a Southend United mug signed by manager Phil Brown. 

The children were left speechless when manager Phil Brown turned up at one of the club venues in Grange Gardens to present them with their tickets which were in recognition of their continuous good behaviour and attendance at the clubs.  

A big thank you goes out to Southend Lions club for making this possible and to Phil Brown for visiting our club.