We have been given the seal of approval by The Charity Commission as it has demonstrated it has all the hallmarks of an effective charity. SAVS, the Southend Association of Voluntary Services was recently assessed by the Charities Evaluation Service and as a result has been awarded the nationally recognised PQASSO Quality Mark.
We work behind the scenes to support over 300 local voluntary and community groups in Southend to help them reach their full potential. We provide advice and information on how to set up and run a charity, for example, what policies are needed, how to find funding and how to work with volunteers. In addition we also have a range of projects that support the elderly, people with mental health problems, Ex-offenders and also run the Triple T youth clubs.
Back in early 2013 we were assessed on how we are run, work with the local community and how we achieve results.
“The assessor from the Charities Evaluation Service spent a week at SAVS talking to practically all of our staff, volunteers and trustees,” says Alison Semmence, CEO of SAVS.
“It was a pretty tough assessment and looked at everything we do. They found we were particularly strong at working with others, listening to the views of the community and at getting results.”
The Charities Evaluation Service commented in its report about SAVS that;
“Trustees, staff and volunteers have a clear sense of purpose and demonstrate great commitment and enthusiasm in achieving exceptional results in the very diverse range of projects and activities that the organisation undertakes”.
Southend Borough Council supports SAVS and is delighted with their achievement.
“As local government finance comes under increasing pressure it is inevitable that we will become ever more dependent on the efforts and contribution of the voluntary sector. In Southend we are fortunate to have in SAVS an organisation which provides very effective direction, support and coordination for our voluntary groups and which continues to make a real and obvious difference for the residents of Southend’’ says Nigel Holdcroft, leader of the Council