SAVS Membership

In these difficult financial times Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) have some great news for community groups. Membership is completely free of charge. SAVS provides a wide range of community information and support services and your organisation could be benefiting.
  • Funding advice including a regular Funding Newsletter
  • Regular community emails
  • Community Newsletter
  • Advice for those considering starting a community group
  • Thematic Groups and Third Sector Assembly
  • Information from our extensive community database
  • Room hire and conference facilities
  • SAVS website and community calendar

SAVS Chief Executive Officer, Alison Semmence, said: “We recognise that some organisations are finding the current financial situation a real struggle, by offering free membership we hope that more community groups will be able to access our services at a time when they most need them ”.

Membership is now open to everyone including individuals and local businesses; if you are interested in community issues or are involved with or thinking of starting a community group please contact:

Dan Turpin 01702 356021 or email

Membership Categories:

General Membership of SAVS is open to:

  • Registered charities
  • Community groups (with documentation evidencing their public benefit)
  • Registered social enterprises and community interest companies
  • Registered social landlords
  • Churches and communal places of worship
  • Schools and other educational establishments able to demonstrate their public benefit

All serving the Southend area community. General Membership allows a group to vote at the SAVS Annual General Meeting. 

Friend Membership is open to:

  • Registered charities and community groups, (as defined above) not serving Southend
  • Registered charities which do not qualify under the General member category
  • Individual members

Supporter Membership is open to:

  • Private companies
  • Statutory organisations

Friend and Supporter Memberships do not convey voting rights at the SAVS Annual General Meeting.