SAVS Newsletter Issue 2 2017/18

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Here is a summary of the latest SAVS Newsletter. To view the whole letter, please click here.

Recognised for ten years in community safety accreditation scheme

SAVS’ Turning Tides project has been recognised for being involved with the community Safety Accreditation Scheme for 10 Years. The scheme provides low end policing powers to accredited organisations such as SAVS. Under the powers they are able to demand people’s names and addresses from people involved in anti-social behaviour (ASB) amongst other similar powers and will get full back-up from the police. The officers carry an identification card which will also give details of the exact powers they have been granted. SAVS/Turning Tides was one of the very first organisations in Southend to join the Police Community Accreditation Scheme and it has been recognised to mark its ten years membership.

Inspector Bill Potter from Essex Police, Southend Community Policing Team presented the Team with an engraved plaque and certificate to mark the occasion. He said, “I had the pleasure this morning of presenting Turning Tides and Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) with their Community Safety Accreditation (CSAS) for the next 3 yrs. More pleasing, I also presented a plaque to commemorate their 10yr membership.’’

‘‘Essex Police has more accredited people and organisations than any other Police Force in England and Wales, so Turning Tides are a beacon of good practice to the whole of the UK and not just locally. The relationship Essex Police has with SAVS remains really healthy and it enables us all to improve the lives of the less advantaged in Southend – well done SAVS and Turning Tides.”

Turning Tides, which is a project of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) carries out community-based projects in conjunction with partner organisations. Turning Tides promotes positive engagement across all ages including 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. We have seven employees that are all accredited and were one of the first in Southend to take part in the Scheme.

Alison Semmence, CEO from Southend Association Of Voluntary Services, received the award on behalf of her Team and said, ”I am delighted that Turning Tides has been able to play an important role in partnering with Essex Police to help keep our community safe for our residents.”

Volunteering-on-Sea Exhibition Launch

Saturday 30th September saw the official launch of the ‘Volunteering-on-Sea’ exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery. Opened by the Deputy Mayor Derek Jarvis, Volunteering-on-Sea is a National Lottery funded project delivered by SAVS which showcases the memories and experiences of local volunteers who support many of the area’s amazing charities. It aims to promote the voluntary sector by explaining the diversity of roles available and the personal experiences of people from all different backgrounds and situations.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the exhibition has been designed and curated by 20 young people who are each working towards a Bronze Arts Award. They have helped to interview and record 40 volunteers, learnt how to edit the audio in a recording studio, designed digital and printed promotional material and will be helping to deliver the exhibition over the next 9 months.

Roger Savage, Volunteering-on-Sea Project Coordinator, said “This project is something we are very passionate about here at SAVS, as it provides a platform for us to explain the benefits of volunteering from the personal viewpoints of those who have experienced it. The voluntary sector is often overlooked as a vital foundation for many
of the services delivered within the local community. We hope that Volunteering-on-Sea helps to spread the word and entices people to try volunteering at least once.”

In May 2016, the project was awarded a National Lottery grant of £49,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The exhibition will be travelling to various venues in Southend until June next year, with its next event being Active Ageing at Southend Victoria Plaza on Saturday 21st October.

Learning Basic First Aid

A fundamental element of the activities we plan with the children is education and training. We like to keep sessions as fun as possible but make sure to include some sort of workshop or learning experience in each programme. This is also one of the three outcomes we need to meet for our Children in Need funding.

In August we were visited by Lawrie Symons, a First Aid Trainer who taught the children basic First Aid. The session was really interactive, with the children discussing what First Aid is before then getting involved in various activities such as CPR on a dummy, how to put someone in the recovery position and what to do if someone is bleeding or has cut themselves. Lawrie also did a question and answer session at the end where children could find out specific advice which related to them or their family

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