September 2013

Turning Tides and Southend Association of Voluntary Services are launching the new crime reduction initiative Safe as Houses. ‘Safe as Houses provides crime prevention information and advice to the elderly and vulnerable residents living in Southend.

This new initiative will be delivered through Turning Tides; a project managed by Southend Association of Voluntary Services and has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

The main aims of “Safe as Houses” is to ensure quality/accurate information about crime prevention is presented to residents that are hard to reach and identify issues requiring further support and refer directly to partner agencies if specific services are needed. It will promote safety and security in the communities, particularly in high risk areas for dwelling burglary and bogus calling whilst raising awareness and engagement with other services i.e. Neighbourhood Watch, Message in a bottle, etc….

The home visits will be delivered by a team of 12 specially trained volunteers, trained by Mick Holland Southend Neighbourhood Watch Administrator and supported by Turning Tides Team Leaders. Home visits will take the form of a friendly informal chat with volunteers providing advice on how to stay safe and secure covering issues like local scams, bogus callers, mobility scooter theft etc…

To arrange a visit from the team or to join as a volunteer please call the Turning Tides Team on 01702 22010 or alternatively email

New bike - fresh start! That’s the message from Alexander Sadza who won some new wheels after taking part in a borough-wide travel survey.

Alexander, 21 of Fleetwood Avenue, Westcliff, was the 5,000th person to be interviewed as part of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Ideas in Motion project.

The survey is being carried out by Travel Advisor Volunteers and Turning Tides Team Project, who have been out knocking on thousands of people’s doors across Southend to offer the public travel planning advice.

These specially trained volunteers discuss their current travel arrangements and offer support and information about alternative options such as cycling, walking or using trains and buses.  

When the Personalised Travel Planning Survey is completed it will have gathered information from 8,000 households. And this latest landmark in the survey was good news for Alexander who collected his Forme Winster 3 bike from the Comfy Saddle in Southend Central Station.

Alexander said: "I like to keep healthy and fit and I used to have a bike a long time ago and cycled regularly. Now I hope to get out much more often and use some of the routes available.”

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, Councillor Tony Cox said: "We are now more than halfway through this major piece of research work, whose findings will give a valuable insight into the way people’s current travel trends.

“In addition the Personalised Travel Planning Survey gives people direct information and support which can help inform their travel choices and maybe try out some of the ideas on Ideas in Motion website (go to

“It’s very easy to fall into the habit of using the car for every journey without even thinking of other ways to travel locally.”

To join the Travel Advisor Volunteer Team or for more information about Personalised Travel Planning, contact Anthony Quinn on 01702 220101 or email