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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.
This website provides information about support services for the Southend-on-Sea community, running your own community group,ways to get involved. Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am- 5pm


The Southend Community Fund’s mission is to further assist those who, with their skills, compassion and enthusiasm make Southend a terrific place in which to live whatever the circumstances.

SAVS delivers a variety of courses each year for the voluntary sector; our brochure has lots of information here on the NEW offering for 2016, which includes;

New Start, New Year, Why Not Volunteer! Why not make it your New Year's resolution to volunteer in your community. The Team at the Volunteer Centre Southend invite you to join them and his worshipful the Mayor of Southend, to cut the ribbon and launch this exciting new website - the first place to go to find out about volunteering in Essex.


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.