Turning Tides Team


Turning Tides is a project of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) and carries out community based projects in conjunction with partner organisations.  Turning Tides promotes active citizenship and offers a range of activities for young people living in disadvantaged areas of Central Southend as well as supporting isolated older people living across the Borough. Turning Tides encourages involvement in social activities, volunteering, training and environmental projects. More details about the work we do can be found below.  All Turning Tides staff are Community Safety Accredited by Essex Police.

OLDER PEOPLE — Folk Like Us project is Lottery Funded for three years until the end of March 2018.   Folk Like Us provides support and advice to people  over the age of 65, living in the borough of Southend who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. These people are supported by Turning Tides Team Leaders and if required will be signposted to  services who can assist them further.  Folk Like Us has The Hub meeting area on the ground floor of SAVS, which gives a welcoming andcomfortable environment for older people who ‘drop-in’ asking for help and information.  The Hub opens Monday to Friday 10am-2pm.

YOUNGER PEOPLE — Children from central Southend have Triple T’s clubs to help inspire them and raise their aspirations with thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need.   Funding provides weekly sessions for youngsters aged 8-12 years.  Triple T clubs are run by a Turning Tides Team Leader and Assistant, along with a team of local volunteers and will give the youngsters the chance to try out new activities such as first aid, and learn more about the place they live through visits to and from the local fire station, coastguards and police station.  We aim to give them the opportunity to broaden their outlook and achieve their full potential.

EARLY YEARS — A Better Start Southend (ABSS) has teamed up with SAVS to involve the local community in creating better services for Southend’s children and families.  ABSS, delivered by Turning Tides, will work to  introduce a range of ways that parents in Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness wards can get involved.  This will include parent led meetings, recruiting and training parent champions and developing a volunteer programme.

SAFER COMMUNITIES — Safe As Houses is a crime prevention initiative being delivered by Turning Tides and has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.  Working in partnership with Essex Police, a team of specially trained volunteers visit identified elderly people living in the borough of Southend, giving advice on how to deal with doorstep and postal fraud and raising awareness and bogus callers and scams.




  • Anthony Quinn - Turning Tides Team Manager
  • Heather Ward - Project Support Worker/Team Administrator
  • Hayley Duff - Team Leader 
  • Lee Bagnall - Team Leader 
  • Georgia Cleaver - Team Leader
  • Rachel Rooks - Team Leader
  • Roger Savage - Team Leader
Contact us at:

Turning Tides Team

Southend Association of Voluntary Services

SAVS Centre

29-31 Alexandra Street


Essex   SS1 1BW


Tel: 01702 356070
Email: turningtides@savs-southend.co.uk
Twitter: @turning_tides



Here's what happening at the Triple T's clubs over the next month.   Please note, all children must be registered before attending and there may be a waiting list in operation.  Call 01702 356072 for further information.


TTT Woodgrange  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7-aC_0ZJPHZaExOVzNCX3NKQjQ


TTT Queensway  https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7-aC_0ZJPHZZ2Z0SVB3cnczNDQ


TTT Balmoral    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7-aC_0ZJPHZZU5pMlBZMHhXbjg







What a wonderful Christmas party it was for 65 Folk Like Us members.    

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed a Christmas buffet, raffle, a sing a long with Bob's Barber Shop Boys and lots of festive cheer!




The Triple T clubs came together to have a Christmas party at Kids Kingdom.   Imagine the noise with 64 excited children in one place! Big smiles and laughs and our ears were ready to burst!!

The Triple T's took on the challenges from the drop slide to jelly mountain and some ended up in the ball pit at the bottom of jelly mountain!

Thank you to Arriva for supplying a doiuble decker to transport the children and from the venue.   Thank you also to our wonderful volunteers - Georgia, Fung, Vlad, Sarah, Christina, DIane and Chloe.







Santa was given a helping hand at Christmas from the staff of the Hood Group who provided festive boxes full of gifts for our Triple T's children iving In disadvantaged areas.

Thank you also to the staff, friends and family of South East Essex who provided festive shoeboxes with gifts for our lonely and isolated Folk Like Us members.  To many, this was the only gift that they had to open on Christmas day and they were so touched with the thoughtful gifts inside.







On Sunday 4th September 2016, the Lions Club paid for 10 Triple T’s children and 4 adults to go on a day trip to Great Yarmouth. 

Our first stop was to Great Yarmouth Race course, where lunch was provided and also entertainment for the children. 

The Lions Club also paid for the children to see the famous Hippodrome Circus. The children enjoyed the Circus and were amazed by the performers. 

On the way back we stopped off to have a McDonald’s before going home and sleeping like a baby from a very long day. 

Anglian Water brought the Sand Sculpture Festival to Southend seasfront during the school summer holidays.   Some fantastic sand sculptures were created andTurning Tides Triple T's children enjoyed taking part and talking to people about drains, what clogs them and how to protect our seaside.

On Monday 25thJuly 20 youngsters aged 8-12 joined us on a 5 day holiday to Hucklow in Derbyshire.

The holiday gave the young people a chance to explore a different part of the country and to just be kids and have fun for the week.

We decided to take the children to Peak Cavern as we have not taken a group there for quite some time. The children all seemed to enjoy this trip and learnt all about the Cavern and why it has been given a rude name (Devils bottom).

We then took the group to Hathersage Swimming pool for the afternoon. The children love going swimming as often they do not get to do this back home or with their schools.

We also went back to Matlock Farm Park this year as there is so much to do here throughout the whole day. The children took part in pony rides, ferret racing, feeding and handling small animals. This year they also had the chance to take part in sheep racing and even had a close encounter with some wallabies.

For our final day trip we visited Chatsworth House as this always seems to be a favourite amongst all the children we have taken over the years. The weather was not particularly kind to us on this day (drizzly rain all day); however we did not let this dampen our spirits. The children had great fun in the large children’s play area where they could run around and burn off some energy.

We also took on the maze challenge again this year; sadly my team did not win for the first time in 5 years! Naturally I blamed this all on the weather and the fact that the ground was far too muddy and slippy to run in.

We had three brilliant volunteers take time off work to help out on the holiday and to make it as fun as they possibly could for the children.

All in all the week was a complete success and this has given another 20 children the chance to have a holiday in Hucklow and to make some new friends and create some lasting memories.



William celebrates his 105th birthday with Folk Like Us!
At the recent Folk Like Us Summer Connect Event, we celebrated our member William Webb’s 105th birthday with a cake donated by Waitrose Southend.  William received a personalised Team fleece from Turning Tides  - making him their first ever honorary team member!
A raffle was held  with prizes from local businesses and all proceeds will be donated to SSAFA (William served in the Army Medical Corp) as part of The Big Brew Up.   Fred Feather, Editor of the Essex Family Historian Magazine gave a presentation about the history of Southend on Sea.
Connect Events are delivered every three months at SAVS and offer Folk Like Us members the opportunity to come together and hear from a key speaker on topics relevant to their interests.   
The aim of the Folk like Us project, which is funded by the Big Lottery, 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.    We want to ensure that older people in Southend are able to access information and assistance to attend and participate in social activities with others, because we believe that this will help to reduce isolation. Support for older people to access information is provided, including help with IT and one-to-one advice and support, as we believe that through the provision of information they can improve their quality of life. Currently 127 members are registered with the project.  In the past 15 months 66 members have gone on to achieve their goals and improve the quality of their lives through accessing social activity and services.
William Webb said: “I can not believe I am 105, I haven’t done anything special but my family has never eaten red meat! I don’t feel 105, I don’t feel 30 or 60 even, I just feel normal. The project has been great for me personally; a team member visits me at home and takes me out in a wheelchair. I love coming to the events and meeting everyone, they are all lovely".
‘Mo and the Mysterious Smell’ - Sixth Mo book is launched

Mo is back ... The new children's book produced by Turning Tides and sponsored by Anglian Water and Olympus KeyMed is illustrated by local artist John Bulley  to encourage e behaviour change tackling blockages caused by waste producs poured down sinks and drains or flushed down toilets.
A competition to name the book was run in schools and clubs earlier in the year and Adam Fox aged 9 submitted the winning entry. He received a cyber shot camera and certificate.
Anthony Quinn, Turning Tides Manager and author of the series of Mo books, said: “We are pleased with the book and early indication suggests the children are engaging with it. The book promotes a positive message aimed at bringing about behavioural change and raises awareness of simple things we can all do to improve our seaside environment.”
Collette Parker, Community Engagement Manager for Anglian Water’s Keep It Clear programme, said: “Working with Turning Tides to produce this children’s book has been extremely beneficial to us by helping to communicate this important message to younger generations and their families. We also hope they find it a good read!”
Tricia Holmes, Corporate Support, Olympus KeyMed said “As a responsible global company, Olympus believes that environmental education and awareness activities are paramount to building a sustainable society, which is why we are proud to support the Turning Tides Mo Book project.”
Volunteer Week Thank You
Turning Tides recognised it's volunteers at a special awards ceremony organised by Southend Association of Voluntary Services as part of the annual National Volunteers Week celebrations.  All volunteers were invited to Porters Civic House in Southchurch Road, Southend to enjoy an afternoon cream tea.
Certificates were presented by Mayor Judith McMahon as a thanks for their service to the community.   Turning Tides volunteers from Triple T's, Safe as Houses and Folk Like Us were honoured at the event.
Triple T's to be funded by BBC Children in Need

SAVS have recently received funding from BBC Children in Need to the total £88,331. Over the next three years, the grant will fund the salary of two part-time team leaders, travel, materials, volunteer and other project costs to continue supporting our youth project Triple T’s for children aged between 8 and 12 years old through  the Turning Tides Team.

The project will also be introducing two new initiatives, including, the start of a club buddies scheme, which offers young people turning 13 years old who have successfully passed through the clubs the opportunity to support new joiners as they settle into the clubs’ activities. Club buddies will also act as role models for existing club members. The second initiative will take the club to a new area in central Southend to establish regular activities and make the clubs accessible to a new community.  

Turning Tides Manager, Anthony Quinn said, This is wonderful news; the Triple T clubs will continue to make a big difference in the Southend community for the next three years. We now have the opportunity to run activities in a new area of the town and continue the existing clubs. The result will be more confident, safe and connected young people with raised aspirations”

Kerry Luker, Regional Head of London and the South East for Children in Need said, “We are delighted to support the work of Southend Association of Voluntary Services, and know it will make a real difference to young people in the area. In the months ahead the group will work closely with some of the hardest to reach children and young people, helping them to develop practical skills and positively engage with their local community. To all of our supporters who help make this possible, a huge thank you!”



High Sherrif gives recognition to Turning Tides Safe as Houses
Turning Tides Manager, Anthony Quinn and Safe as Houses volunteers, Martin Ryan and Jackie Wainwright recently atteneded the High Sherrif Awards Ceremony at Hylands House in Chelmsford.
During the evening the Safe as Houses Scam Buster Team received a cheque for £777 to support the home visiting safety scheme for vulnerable older people in Southend-on Sea.  In addition they were delighted and extremely proud to be presented with the Essex Police cup for the work they carry out in the community.
Congratulations to all involved in this project.   A well deserved recognition.


Folk Like Us is launched!

Turning Tides and Southend Association of Voluntary Services have launched a new project called Folk like Us. ‘Folk like Us’ will provide support and information to isolated and loneliness elderly residents living in Southend.   Folk like Us was officially launched on Friday 7th August and William Webb who is 104 years of age was the guest of honour.

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. 

We want to ensure that older people in Southend are able to access information and assistance to attend and participate in social activities with others, because we believe that this will help to reduce isolation.  Support for older people to access information is provided, including help with IT and one-to-one advice and support, as we believe that through the provision of information they can improve their quality of life. 

HUB Service   The HUB located on the ground floor of the SAVS Centre is open for visits Monday-Friday 10am to 2pm and delivered by Turning Tides Team Leaders who have a vast knowledge of services and organisations in Southend and years of experience working with the community to improve quality of life. Home visits will be made to those with restricted mobility that can not access the HUB.

To find out more or make a visit to the team or to join as a volunteer please call the Turning Tides Team on 01702 356070 or alternatively email turningtides@savs-southend.co.uk

Alison Semmence, SAVS Chief Executive said: We are very excited to be launching this new service as we believe it will change the lives of older people in our town for the better.  There are too many isolated and lonely people – our aim is to stop this".

Anthony Quinn, Turning Tides Manager said: “ We have already had over 80 older people register with us in one month alone so we know this is a service that is much needed.  We now have dedicated resources to carryout the important work that is needed”

William Webb, Guest of Honour aged 104 said: “I am delighted to have been asked to officially open the project.  I believe it will make a great difference to many people.  I enjoy getting out and meeting people and this project will give social opportunities to others”.

More details can be found on the Folk Like Us information flyer.