SAVS awarded three-year grant of £94,935 by BBC Children in Need

SAVS awarded three-year grant of £94,935 by BBC Children in Need

Triple T Clubs for 8-13yrs living in the most disadvantaged areas of Southend.

SAVS have recently received continuation funding from BBC Children in Need to the total £94,935. Over the next three years, the grant will fund the salary of two part-time staff and a Young Persons Development Manager. The three-year award will also support travel, materials, and volunteer and other project costs to continue supporting SAVS youth programme – Triple T’s – for children aged between eight and 13 years old through SAVS Turning Tides Team (TTT).

A new initiative within the programme will see the development of a lead group called “Voice Box” made up of local young people and created to help influence the activities delivered in the monthly programmes and also plan and develop specific community action across the area.  This will enable the group to empower the voices of young people in the community and build stronger community connections.

Triple T’s Youth Project (Turning Tides Team) established 2011

Children aged between eight and 13 years of age from central Southend can access Triple T’s clubs directly in their neighbourhood. The clubs help to inspire them and raise their aspirations through weekly sessions run by a Turning Tides Team Leaders, along with a team of local volunteers, where youngsters are given the chance to try out new activities such as swimming, sculpture, learning local history, visiting local services and physical activity through sport. Day trips to the local fire and police stations also allow club-goers to learn more about where they live, the club’s young participant’s benefit from activities aimed at broadening their horizons and achieving their fullest potential. Currently, we run weekly clubs on the Woodgrange Drive Estate, the Queensway Estate and Balmoral Rd area. A week long residential in Great Hucklow Derbyshire is a highlight of the year’s activity. To find out more go to

Kati Evans, Impact Officer at BBC Children in Need, said: “We’re proud to be funding SAVS and look forward to seeing how funding will go on to positively impact children and young people in the local community, and help them be the best they can be.”

Anthony Quinn, SAVS Deputy CEO said, “This funding is important as it allows the continuation of the clubs which provide a safe place for young people to experience positive activity; a place to belong. This is much needed on the back of the pandemic and the isolating effect it had on many young people in our community. We value the support from BBC Children in Need and look forward to working to support young people to make a positive impact in their community and empower their voice across the city.”