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We have received £5,000 to fund the work of our Supported Volunteering Project, which assists people who may have mental health in to volunteering.  The Supported Volunteering Project gives one to one support to increase confidence and self worth in Southend-on-Sea.

The £5,000 grant was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Turning Tides Triple T's recently received a boost from Sainsbury's Southend.  Last summer Sainsbury’s chose SAVS as their annual charity to support for the year.

As part of the support they offer, Sainsbury’s have donated a range of resources and goodies to the Triple T clubs that operate in the disadvantaged areas of central Southend. This includes DVDs, drinks and cups, sweets, pens and pencils and much more.

Hayley Duff Triple T Team Leader said “We are really grateful for the continued generosity  from Sainsbury’s and the unexpected donation made today, will go a long way in assisting us to make sure the clubs are well resourced for the children.”

Southend Association for Voluntary Services  (SAVS) is celebrating after been awarded £339,076 from the Reaching Communities programme of the Big Lottery fund.  The funding will enable SAVS to support older people who are isolated and lonely.

“We are delighted to have been successful in our funding application to the Reaching Communities programme.  This funding will help older people in Southend who are lonely and isolated to access all the fantastic services and activities that are provided by the voluntary and community sector in Southend,” says Alison Semmence, Chief Executive of SAVS.

Volunteers from the Turning Tides project are visiting thousands of households in Southend from today (Thursday 27 November) as part of a major push to reduce pressure on the borough's health services this winter.

The project – funded by NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - is being trialled in Westcliff-on-Sea, with residents being left ‘calling cards’ giving them information about local community services, GPs and pharmacists and alternatives to the hospital's A&E department.

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