Good News Stories from our Community Builders (23rd January to 5th February) – SAVS

Good News Stories from our Community Builders (23rd January to 5th February) – SAVS

Rob Carvosso, Shoebury – Sponsored by Shoebury Residents Association

The new year is off to a great start with the first community Coffee Morning taking place. The last one was back in November and was so popular that it outgrew the coffee shop at Asda. St Mary’s church who attended kindly offered the use of their church hall for future use.

After a couple of meetings and planning we met this month. The session was attended by around 30 members of the community and had groups such as CAB, community safety, East PCN link workers and the Samaritans. It was great to do more partnership working and see additional community members come and meet the amazing groups. I’m really looking forward to the next one at St Mary’s church hall.

Get in touch with Rob:
07534 337503

Chiquitta Bruce, Milton – Sponsored by Milton Community Partnership

Two additional places in the Milton ward have been named Warm hubs. Warm hubs allow people refuge from the rising cold temperatures and therefore help those struggling with rising energy costs. In addition to the Forum, Southend’s central library there is now the Trinity Family Centre, Argyll road and the Haven Community Hub, Hamlet Court Road. Both places welcome people to come in and keep warm without any obligations, they also benefit people who may feel a bit lonely and give everyone a chance to get involved with some planned activities. The Trinty family centre also has the benefit of having a community fridge. Both are great assets to the community

To find out more, take a visit to the One Southend website where there is more information regarding the availability of Wi-Fi, refreshments and relevant information such as days open.

Get in touch with Chiquitta:
07534 312867

Kayleigh Wilkins, Victoria – Sponsored by St Vincent’s Southend

I helped out during this period at an ATF club at Milton Hall School. They have these clubs in different locations around Westcliff and Southend through the holidays. They had four groups of children which had about 10-12 children in each group with four activities to get involved with. There was room for arts and crafts which included making loom bands and Christmas pictures, with another room where they were playing musical instruments and could learn some simple songs.

Lastly, there was a great space for dodgeball as well as a relay activity where they had to build a snowman and fill him with snowballs. There was also a fun, team-building activity of building a snow mountain as high as they could whilst being able to take part in other games. The children got a visit from two horses and even got the opportunity to have a horse ride around the field. If the children had a HAF code this entitled them to a free healthy meal while they were there which was a healthy packed lunch.

Get in touch with Kayleigh:
07534 876274

Jamie Langstone