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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.

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.

Rachel Rooks, Supported Volunteering Project Worker at SAVS said: “This is great news- we are very thankful to Santander.  We are also grateful to Lesley who applied for this fund on our behalf. The project has been supporting Lesley since 2011 after she was referred over by the local mental health team. Lesley has a diagnosis of depression and anxiety wanted support to find volunteering roles. Lesley has always been very involved with supporting the project. She advises and guides us with her own experiences of mental health and insight to how organisations can support people with mental health conditions. She is a wonderful advocate for mental health in Southend. She currently volunteers for SAVS on our reception.”

Darren Grenfell at Santander’s Southend branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting the Supported Volunteering project at Southend Association of Voluntary Services and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”


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.”

Sainsbury's Southend has also recently become a collection point for the SAVS Charity shop, the profits of which will be used to help ensure that Southend’s charities can continue to get the support they need to thrive.

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.

''Older people often tell us they don’t know what is available for them, or if they do, they don’t have the transport to get there, or they don’t have the confidence to go on their own.  Our Turning Tides team will provide the support necessary to link these people up so they can join in and in many cases, transform their lives.

“It is such a simple idea but we know from our daily experience of meeting people who are isolated and disconnected from their community, that it is needed.  We can’t wait to get started and help people change their lives!”

The project, Folk like us, will be run from the SAVS offices in Alexandra Street and will start in April 2015.  

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.

Turning Tides Team Manager Anthony Quinn said: “We’re knocking on almost 4000 doors and hope to meet as many residents as possible face to face. We are going to explain the different health services available in their own area which can help them if they fall ill over the winter. Our calling cards have additional information for them to keep, and we are returning in March to see if this information did actually change the way residents access and use NHS services over the winter.”

The project is one of more than 20 funded by Southend CCG to help the health system in the borough cope with increased demand over the winter.

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 



Our Patient Healthline is in its 9th month and the calls keep coming. If you need extra support to manage a partners or your health condition then why not give us a call on 01702 356050. Just see how we helped one patient 'This caller had recently been diagnosed with a long-term, painful medical condition. She had now moved into the Southend area and was uncertain about what services were available. She wanted to find a local support group. We researched and discovered a local group and gave the caller all the contact details. She contacted the organisation and has also attended meetings and, through the help and support she has been given, she feels much happier.

She was extremely satisfied with the Healthline Service because it had enabled her to find exactly the support she needed. Her comments were “You're been absolutely great…. I would not be where I am without your help".

The lady has also informed her GP Surgery how useful she had found service. The surgery says they will pass on our details to other patients whenever they think it will be helpful.'

This year it was the 30th anniversary of national Volunteers’ Week! An annual event run by NCVO (Volunteering England) taking place from 1-7th June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers and across the country events took place showcasing the different volunteering roles available, taster sessions, team challenges and volunteer award ceremonies. And Southend was no different!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of SAVS and to celebrate Volunteers Week this year; SAVS hosted a Volunteer Tea Party to say a BIG thank you to their 65 wonderful volunteers who continue to support them in a variety of different projects from Triple T’s children’s clubs to Safe as Houses (working with the elderly in Southend). Volunteers also help SAVS in their Charity Shop and with administration roles on their Reception and in the Volunteer Centre. SAVS could not deliver the wide range of services they do without them!

To show their appreciation of their volunteers, on Wednesday 4th June at Porters, the Mayors Parlour; Staff at SAVS waited on the volunteers with tea and cakes. To ensure their volunteers felt truly valued, each team leader said a few words of thanks and the Mayor of Southend kindly presented each volunteer with a certificate to mark the occasion.

Many charities like SAVS depend on the enthusiasm and skills that volunteers bring and holding a volunteer thank you event is just one way of showing how much they are valued and appreciated. The Volunteer Centre at SAVS was proud to be celebrating National Volunteers Week and encouraged all Southend’s Charities to take part! For further information about volunteering please contact Emily at the Volunteer Centre Southend on 01720 356060 or go to

Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) have a charity shop in Alexandra Street in Southend that urgently needs donations so they were thrilled when Alleyn Court Preparatory School stepped up to help!

Anne Crabb a teacher from the school arranged a week of collections at the school and invited Dan Turpin and Emily Middlemast to come and speak to the children about the work that SAVS does in Southend. SAVS is an independent charity known as a CVS that means they work behind the scenes to help local charities and community groups achieve their full potential. The talk had the desired effect! When they arrived to collect the donations a couple of days later, they were so pleased to see so many bags of toys, clothes, books and bric a brac – they could hardly get it all in the van!

Dan said, “This couldn’t have come at a better time. We rely on funds from our shop to help support the work we do in the community.”

Emily said, “The shop needs donations on a regular basis, if your school, company or group would like to hold a collection for SAVS Charity Shop we would love to hear from you!”

The shop is open Monday – Saturday 9.30-4.30 and donations can be dropped off during these times. If you have a lot of donations, please call 01702 356000 to arrange for collection.

Representatives from over 30 voluntary and community groups learnt more about the needs of veterans in Southend at an event organised by local charity, SAVS. 

Speakers from the Royal British legion and Veterans First talked about the issues faced by people leaving the armed forces, such as housing, mental ill health, adjusting to life in civvy street and the complex rules about the benefits they are entitled to.

Alison Semmence, Chief Exec of SAVS explained that there are many veterans living in Southend and the voluntary sector needs to understand their needs and make sure veterans  know about the vast amount of support on offer from Southend’s voluntary sector.

Veteran Stuart Meyrick who now works for Southend Mind talked about the challenges he faced adapting to life after the army and coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“When I left the army I was suffering with PTSD but it took years for this to be diagnosed by my GP.  It was finally recognised in 2010 and since then I have been receiving treatment from Southend Mind who have really helped me cope with it,” says Stuart.

The attendees found the day very informative and learnt a lot about how we can support veterans.

“An incredibly powerful and moving speech made by the ex-serviceman regarding his experience of how PTSD affected his life and family,” says Ann Davenport from South East Essex Advocacy for Older People.

A new initiative that has arisen from the event is a Social Group which will be run by the Royal British Legion in SAVS café on the second Tuesday of every month.  Any ex service personnel are welcome to come along from 10 – 1 to meet other veterans.  The first session will run next Thursday 10th April.  For further information please call Simon Ferrier at the British Legion on 07795 603813