SAVS Weekly Update – 20th October 2017

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Growing Together Crowdfunding

SAVS are very excited to tell you about a new fundraising campaign they have launched today for our community pets at Growing Together Westcliff and Growing Together Shoeburyness. They are trying to raise £2,500 over the next 6 weeks, which if we meet, will be matched funded £1 for £1 by Comic Relief. We would be very grateful for any pledges, or support you can provide with publicising this campaign.

Why our community pets are so important?

SAVS have four guinea pigs at Growing Together Shoeburyness and six chickens at Growing Together Westcliff.
We really see the benefits of animal care and interaction for adults and children that attend our Growing Together therapeutic gardening programmes in South East Essex. Adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities find looking after animals to be relaxing and therapeutic, reducing stress and anxiety.

With your help we can:

  • Buy food, bedding and enhance facilities for our four guinea pigs and six chickens
  • Provide training in pet therapy for staff
  • Pay for vet care and check ups
  • Install a duck house by our large wildlife pond at Growing Together Shoeburyness
  • Provide bird feeders, bird seed and viewing facilities at each of our sites

Dementia Friendly Travel Survey

The Dementia Action Alliance is working to improve the lives of people living with dementia.  We want to make Essex a dementia friendly county; to enable people to get out and about, to enjoy life to the full with their friends and loved ones, to pursue leisure activities and other personal interests. To help them do this they ask that you take part in this survey.

First Contact Team 1 min Guide

An update on the process for making referrals to Southend Children’s Services, First Contact Duty Team can be understood by looking at the one minute guide that sets this out. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the duty team via the details on the one minute guide.

Ambition Southend

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is consulting on Ambition Southend, a Skills and Labour Market Strategy for Southend-on-Sea. The consultation paper is the product of a project to develop a Skills Strategy for the borough. Its aim is to enable an efficient, effective labour market with clear, accessible career pathways for residents, which is able to respond to emerging economic risks and opportunities. The paper seeks to analyse and draw together key findings from research to identify key priorities to improve the local skills system. The paper has been informed by findings from an evidence review and series of initial consultation meetings.

Public Consultation

The consultation paper provides some initial analysis, conclusions, proposals and questions for your consideration and feedback. This feedback focuses on:

  • Strengths of the borough in relation to skills and the workforce
  • Weakness of the borough in relation to skills and the workforce
  • Challenges within the skills and labour market arena
  • Opportunities within the skills and labour market arena
  • Desired outcomes from an effective skills and labour system and market
  • Focus areas of a skills and labour market strategy and subsequent action plan
  • Leadership
  • Life transitions
  • Agility of provision
  • Skills charter and virtual academy for skills and employment
  • Utilisation of existing assets and networks

With comments invited during an eleven-week period from 2nd October to 22nd December 2017. All comments must be received by 17:00 on Friday 22nd December 2017.

How to Respond

In line with e-government policy, we encourage you to respond to the consultation online via:

Alternatively, response forms can be downloaded from the website or paper response forms can be sent out on request or collected from Southend Council Offices. Completed response forms should be sent to:

· (FAO Business Intelligence Officer) Department for Place, PO Box 5557, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ZF;

· Or via email:

If you have any queries relating to the consultation or want advice on how to respond, please contact the Performance Team on 01702 215408 during office hours Monday-Friday, or email

All responses will be publically available and cannot be treated as confidential, although address, telephone and email details will not be published.

Public ‘drop in’ sessions are to be arranged for the week beginning the 13th November 2017. Further details will be published on the consultation portal shortly.

For paper copies of the options and this questionnaire and details of consultation events please email

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