SAVS Weekly Email – Week Ending Friday 28th July 2017

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Message from Police and Crime Commissioner

I wanted to let you know that following extensive consultation the Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd MP, has today announced that Essex will be the first area in the country to move to joint governance of the police and the fire and rescue service.

This means that from October the 1st I will become the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex.  While this is a significant change it will not alter my ongoing commitment to policing and community safety in the county and will indeed provide new opportunities to improve the services the people of Essex benefit from.

This decision will help both services build on the existing strong relationship they have and ensure even closer working in the future. While each organisation will retain their own identity and their own chief officer, by implementing joint governance the strategies of both organisations will be able to be aligned to help deliver a better service for the public.
The Local Business Case developed to look at the possible benefits identified £23 million over the next ten years which could be reinvested in front line services. At the same time a more joined-up response to incidents, providing crime and fire prevention advice, creating community safety hubs and sharing buildings and some enabling functions will be able further to improve both services.

In terms of your relationship with myself, my deputy, Jane Gardner, and my office I am certain that this additional responsibility will provide an opportunity further to grow and nurture the strong and highly valued relationships we have.

I look forward to continuing the work we undertake together.
Yours sincerely,

Roger Hirst
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex


Developing our options for the future pattern of hospital services in mid and south Essex

A new development in our options for emergency care as we continue to think about how future hospital services could be organised and delivered in mid and south Essex.

We are developing our current options with more detail around how the emergency care pathway could work in the future. As part of this we believe the three current A&E departments at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend could continue to receive ‘blue light’ emergency patients with serious conditions. It would rule out the blanket redirection of all ‘blue light’ ambulances to Basildon, as outlined in our earlier work on this.

Our local clinicians, including the senior doctors responsible for emergency care in each of the three hospitals, have developed a clinical plan which would see the majority of local people get the specialist emergency care they need via their local A&E. Under this plan, in an emergency, patients would go to their local hospital A&E, be assessed, stabilised and treated there; and then either referred for further care; admitted for ongoing treatment; discharged; or transferred to a specialist team for treatment and care at another hospital, if that’s what they need. The ‘norm’ would be for patients to go to their local hospital in an emergency.

As now, a small number of people who are very seriously ill would be taken by ambulance straight to a specialist centre to get the best treatment, for example, severe heart attack patients already go straight to the Cardiothoracic Centre at Basildon, or people suffering severe burns already go to the Plastic Surgery and Burns Centre at Broomfield in Chelmsford. Clinicians are looking in detail at the clinical evidence to see if there are other emergency conditions that may also require this approach – for example for severe vascular emergencies or upper gastrointestinal bleeds.

Previously, we have discussed with staff, stakeholders and local people the benefits of one hospital, possibly Basildon, providing the most serious emergency treatment directly, for patients in mid and south Essex. But, in the feedback from over 100 local discussion events, we have heard very clearly that some people have significant concerns about all ‘blue light’ ambulances going straight to Basildon. This new development of our options sees us addressing these concerns.

However, the aim still stands to develop specialist centres and to separate planned operations and treatments from emergency care. We know from national evidence that this can improve the quality of care and patients’ chances of survival – particularly with very serious cases. We also want our three hospitals to work increasingly together, offering different specialist services at each of our sites. We know specialising in this way for those with the most serious conditions and illnesses gives better chances of recovery to our patients.

Over the next few months our clinicians will continue to do detailed work to develop our options and understand their impact on clinical outcomes and patient experience; our staffing needs; the numbers and types of patients needing our services; the financial requirements and so on.

We will also continue to gather feedback from our staff, stakeholders and local people, to make sure we develop the right proposals for mid and south Essex. We will then take our proposals to a full public consultation later this year, subject to national assurance, with no decision on the pattern of future services being taken until this has been completed. We will continue to brief you regularly and look forward to working in partnership with you.

We remain determined to find the very best solution for delivering excellent, safe, high quality hospital care, within our available funding, into the long-term for people in mid and south Essex.

DIAL Basildon and South Essex

As most of you know DIAL is an information and advice line for disabled people and anybody with a problem connected to disability.  We were forced to move from our offices in Basildon in April due to a lack of funding and we relocated to Crown House in Grays where we have been offering a reduced service.  Due to lack of space and the demand for our service growing we are now moving again.  DIAL will be closed from 3pm Tuesday 25th July and reopen in the new premises on Tuesday 1st August.  We are moving to

The Beehive
Voluntary & Community Resource Centre
West Street
Essex RM17 6XP

We will continue to advise on aspects of all disability related problems, conduct benefit checks, help people to complete benefit application forms both in hard copy and online and advise and help with challenging benefit decisions including Mandatory Reconsiderations and Appeals.

All our telephone and email contact details will remain the same.  We will be open from 10am to 3pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  We will be closed to the public on Thursdays.  We are also still in the process of waiting for our name change to go through when we will be known as DIAL South Essex to better reflect the areas we cover.  Please note that at this time we can no longer conduct home visits or hold outreach desks.
We have been awarded funding for two new projects which will be starting in September and we will send through details nearer the time.

Can you please change our details on your records and pass our details to any of your members/clients/other organisations whom we may be able to help.

1 week to go to apply for the Essex Social Investment Readiness Programme.

The programme which is free to organisations that meet the eligibility criteria – seeks to raise awareness of social investment opportunities in Essex and increase readiness of organisations to access these opportunities. The programme will be delivered by Social Enterprise East of England in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University and is supported by Essex Partnership and will run from September 2017 to March 2018.
The programme will cover social investment, business planning, impact measurement, market intelligence, financial modelling, risk, governance amongst other things and will involve external speakers in every session.
The application deadline has been extended to 28th July 2017 to ensure all interested organisations have the opportunity to apply. Successful applicants will now be notified in early August.

Full details about the programme and a link to the application form are available at:

Any questions on the submission process or the content of the programme should be sent to

Hospital Heroes

Dedicated staff at Southend University Hospital have been proving themselves to be everyday heroes to patients and their families day in and day out.

To many they are as much ‘super’ heroes as Wonder Woman and Spider-Man, just without the costumes.

Joining forces with The Echo, for the fifth consecutive year in a row, Southend Hospital is on a quest to discover its own Hospital Heroes as nominated by you, the public.

Nominated individuals or teams can demonstrate any of the following criteria:

  • they take the time to care for others
  • they are good communicators, caring with compassion and empathy, treating others with dignity and respect
  • they respect patients’ time, giving others choice and independence
  • they involve patients in their treatment decisions and choices
  • they are sensitive to the needs of others

Who will you be nominating for the award this year?
You can download an application form from and then complete it electronically and email it back to us to via or print off a copy and post it back to us at:
Hospital Heroes Awards
c/o The Lodge
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Prittlewell Chase
Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0RY

The closing date for us to receive nominations is 5pm on Friday 4 August 2017.

Go to for more information and a short video.

Events & Meetings

ECVYS Conference 14th October 2017

14th October 2017, 9:30am-3pm

St John Payne School, Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 4BS

Transpire Events

Transpire aims to foster and encourage good relations between its members, but also those who may not be part of the LGBT+ community in Southend-on-Sea. As a third sector voluntary community group we are keen to collaborate with local organisations, to raise awareness, to network and generally create a sense of community.

We hold at least two social events a month. They are well attended. The purpose of this email is to invite you, to our events, and if you represent a local organisation to come along, and let our members know about you and any services you offer.

Our events are very informal, we have a raffle in our evening events, free buffet and we have a spectrum of age groups who come along

Our next events are –
Friday 28th July 2017 1900-2200
The Attic
48 Eastern Esplanade, SS1 2ES Southend-on-Sea

Saturday 19th August 2017
The Attic
48 Eastern Esplanade, SS1 2ES Southend-on-Sea

Spaces per organisation are limited to one organisation per event, based on a first come first served basis. But we can include you in future events that we run throughout the year.

Garden Fete

Elkington House, 9 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea
Saturday 12 August 2pm – 4pm

Elkington House on Imperial Avenue, Westcliff will be opening its doors to visitors on Saturday 12 August from 2-4pm for its annual Garden Fete.

There will be all the usual fun and attractions: a cake stall, a tombola, raffle and children’s games plus afternoon tea and lots more.

Entertainment will be provided by Southend Opera and Dramatic Society and there will be bell ringers too.

The fete will raise funds for the Southend Blind Welfare Organisation who own and run the home.

Admission is free and all are welcome. For more details, please call 01702 342131.

Fringe Fest’ Fun

Friday 11th August 2017 19:00–23:00 At The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend on Sea, SS07AB
Come and enjoy the biggest Soirée Transpire has ever planned since its formation in February 2016.

It needs your support to make it a success and we would love you to be there , and for you to share this event with your friends and colleagues. Lets show that sense of community that we all have, and believe in. Please feel free to share on Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms.

Its being hosted by Transpire in association with the Estuary Fringe Festival we are proud to announce tickets are now on sale

There is a buffet, Licensed Bar and Music from JD Entertainment.

Under 18s £5
18+ £8
ID required
Get tickets here –

Peaceful Place Afternoon Tea – 5th August 2017

Join us for afternoon tea to celebrate our 21st Birthday, enjoy a glass of prosecco, unlimited tea and coffee, sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam and other sweet treats. You can also take part in a guided tour of this beautiful venue and the Mayor will be in attendance to mark this special occasion. There will also be a raffle with the chance to win some fantastic prizes to raise funds for Peaceful Place. Tickets are £18.00 each. To book please call 07539 747441/01702 546476 or email


Carers Training

Together with REACH Recovery College Trust Links are now able to offer training and courses which will be useful for carers.  On the following link is form showing the type of courses we are currently considering and we would very much like your thoughts.

Please tick the relevant box (interested or not interested) against the different courses and, if you wish, give us your comments.

As the courses are designed specifically for carers, please let us know if there are any topics which are not listed that you would like us to consider.

If you would like to speak to us about the courses or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to give us a call.


Community Connect Service & Volunteer Coordinator

Job Title: Service Coordinator – Community Connect
Reporting to: Sophie Biebuyck, Manager Hearing Help Essex

Hearing Help Essex is seeking someone who is sympathetic to the needs of people who have a hearing loss and live alone to develop a befriending service and to manage volunteers to deliver this service.

Location: This role will be office based in central Chelmsford, and travel across Essex is an essential requirement of this role.
 Hours: 10 hours per week covered across two days, 10am-3:30pm although there can be some flexibility on contracted hours. Actual days of work to be determined when appointment is made.
 Salary: £5225.28 pa
 Application Process: Apply by sending a CV and a covering letter to Sophie Biebuyck at Your covering letter must clearly evidence how you meet each requirement in the person specification. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.
 Closing date: Midday Monday 31st July 2017

Why Hearing Help Essex Needs This Role
The charity has a small team employed to support thousands of people with hearing loss and has a large area of Essex to cover. Our work has a significant impact on the lives of people with hearing loss.

To tackle the problem of isolation for people with sensory challenges, Hearing Help Essex has joined forces with the Royal Association for Deaf People and Support 4 Sight to develop a befriending service called ‘Community Connect’. We need this new role because our charity has been awarded a contract from Essex County Council to deliver a pan-sensory befriending service throughout Essex and we need a coordinator who will work with staff and volunteers to grow this service.

This role includes supporting the Resource Centre and Charity Manager to develop services for our beneficiaries, coordinate activities of volunteers and liaise with our sensory partner charities. Excellent verbal communication is essential. The job is on a fixed term temporary contract initially until 31st March 2018.

For further information or for an informal chat, please contact us on 01245 496347 / 07950 406173 or email


A Manager is required for Club 50+ which provides leisure and social activities such as keep fit, dancing, yoga, table tennis and carpet bowls for people over the age of 50. The successful applicant will be responsible for driving the future growth and development of the club and will have a “can do” approach. The position requires excellent organisational and personal skills and an open-minded and patient personality.

Please apply in writing to the Chair, Club 50+, c/o 134 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7LN detailing how you meet these criteria and enclosing a copy of your CV. For further information please call 01702 345373.

REACH Project Worker

Trust Links: Local independent charity for  mental health and wellbeing
This is a great time to join Trust Links. We manage REACH, which is the South East Essex Recovery College, providing courses and peer support to support wellbeing and mental health recovery. Trust Links also have four Growing Together therapeutic community gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Rochford and Thundersley and a new multiagency eco-building in Rochford. We are a key partner in the Southend’s Carers Hub.

We are recruiting a:

REACH Project Worker 20 hours/week. £15,000 – £17,000 pro rata
The role will involve supporting the enrolment, learning, development and engagement of REACH Students. You will also be supporting the co-production of REACH services and supporting volunteers to run a range of community activities.

Email Website
Tel. 01702 213134

Deadline: 12 pm on Monday 14th August 2017

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