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Volunteer Centre Southend

Tel : 01702 356060 or email vb@savs-southend.co.uk

Whichever way you choose to find out about volunteering...we look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Volunteer Centre is a project of SAVS and works closely with the other Volunteer Centres in Essex as part of Volunteer Essex. We are the first point of contact for anyone interested in volunteering in Southend. We talk to local Charities, Community Groups and Statutory Organisations, find out what they need help with and then match people interested in volunteering, with the right volunteer roles. We advise Organisations on Best Practice  to ensure that volunteers have a safe, happy and enjoyable experience.

The Volunteer roles are promoted in a number of different ways including in the Yellow Advertiser and on the Volunteer Essex Website http://www.volunteeressex.org If you are interested in volunteering, you can apply for a role that interests you by registering on the Volunteer Essex Website. Alternatively, if you are not sure which role to choose, you are welcome to give us a call on 01702 356000 and we can arrange a time for you to visit the Volunteer Centre for an informal chat about the roles available with Emily (Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator). 

Also at the Volunteer Centre…..


We are looking for community-minded groups and organisations to join the Southend Time Bank. Help us make Southend a better place, one hour at a time!

What is a Time Bank?

Timebanking is about people helping people. It’s a community of people who provide a supportive network sharing their skills, using time as a unit of credit. For every hour you spend helping someone you earn one time bank credit. You can then use this credit to ask someone for an hour of their time, or donate them to the Community Pot for someone who is unable to earn their own hours.

It’s free to become a member of the Time Bank and it’s open to anyone regardless of age, ability, skills or situation. We have people with all kinds of skills registered with us, from teaching a musical instrument to gardening, from dog walking to befriending. Time bank members only do what they want, when they want and are under no obligation or commitment.  It’s an excellent way to get into volunteering without any regular commitment.  Everyone has different skills and talents to offer and all are valued equally.


If you’d like to find out more, please contact us on 01702 356060 or timebanking@savs-southend.co.uk, or visit www.timebanking.org and selecting Southend Time Bank from the ‘Time and Talents’ drop-down on the top right hand side of the page.

Looking for volunteers for your group?

If you are a voluntary or community group seeking new volunteers, or maybe you are thinking about starting to involve volunteers in your activities for the first time, the Volunteer Centre can help you. To register your organisation and to discuss your needs please call Emily on 01702 356000.

These services are free and we can offer a fully accessible, confidential space to discuss your needs. Groups do not have to be members of SAVS to register with the Volunteer Centre Southend.

Emily Middlemast
Volunteer Centre Manager
Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS)
29-31 Alexandra Street
Tel: 01702 356000
Email: vb@savs-southend.co.uk

Supported Volunteering Project

● If you are a looking for a volunteer role and  ‘Volunteering has given me a focus on life again’
have experienced mental ill health
● If you are an organisation that would like to
take on a volunteer with extra support needs
● If you would like to refer someone who may
have experienced mental ill health

Please contact the Project Support Worker – Rachel Rooks
Telephone: 01702 356021

This project which is funded by the Big Lottery will support people who may have some experience of mental ill health.
Our aim is to give volunteers quality one on one support to increase confidence and self worth, to provide training to highlight skills and experience and help to identify the type of volunteering the volunteer would like to pursue.
We also aim to break down the myths and stigma that surround mental ill health, helping both the prospective volunteers, and organisations that host them, overcome any issues.

Find out more about what the Supported Volunteering Project is all about by clicking here

Regular Updates

If you would like to register with Volunteer Essex, you will receive this listing once a month by email, as well as other email updates. For further details of any roles, please call 01702 356000 or email vb@savs-southend.co.uk or visit http://www.volunteeressex.org.

Cycle to a Volunteering Position that's gaining you Work Experience

Are you eligible for this opportunity to receive a free bike to cycle your way to a new job? To be eligible you must be a resident in Southend and:

·         Actively seeking work and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance.

·         In receipt of Income Support or Employment and Support Allowance and are reaching a stage where you need to move back into work.

·         Trying to further job opportunities by partaking in long term VOLUNTEERING or work experience.

Click on the link at the foot of this page to see the poster.

For further details email:   elfforessex@southend.gov.uk

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