SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending 16th June 2017

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Highlight of the Week

The Great Get Together

Events & Meetings

Mayoral Charity Events

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Walk The Colourthon 2017 and raise money for the charity of your choice!

Register Today‘Colour creates, enhances, reveals and establishes.’

Change the lives of others and help them to establish a better future to reveal and enhance their own colours to shine even brighter! 192 charities benefited from 2016’s Colourthon event and raised £134,000 or those charities and causes. Join us on Saturday, 1 July 2017 for a half-marathon walk (13.1 miles) around Southend-on-Sea by night …. with a difference!

Open Doors at Little Havens

Abbeyfield Society Southend Fundraiser

The Abbeyfield Society Southend are holding a fundraiser at Houseman Basement Office, 19 Clifftown Road.


Voluntary Sector Training 10% off

10% off most of our Autumn Courses – Book Now!

Don’t miss out! Offer ends the 31st August 2017


June Funding Bulletin

The June Funding Bulletin can be found on the following link

Big Give Opens Applications for £2 Million Christmas Match Fund (UK)

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now open and will be accepting applications from UK registered charities until the 7th July 2017. The Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, helping charities raise funds for their cause. It offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled when the campaign goes live on the 28th November 2017. Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects. Charities must have an annual income of at least £25,000, select a project for their Christmas challenge campaign and set a realistic target for their campaign which does not exceed 10% of their previous year’s income. Charities will need to be prepared to secure pledges from key supporters, and to market the campaign to online donors. Visit for more information.

Funding for Outdoor Play Spaces (Deadline 30 June 2017)

Through the programme, special schools catering for children with severe learning and physical disabilities can apply for a range of outdoor play equipment packages provided through a partnership between the Lords Taverners and a playground equipment manufacturer. Since 2009 the Lord’s Taverners has provided outdoor play equipment to 83 special schools, benefiting nearly 8,000 pupils. The Lords Taverners will provide a grant that will cover up to 80% (of the net cost) of outdoor play equipment and the maximum value of the equipment applied for can be £25,000. Applications received by the 30 June 2017 will be reviewed during early July and applications received by the 31st August will be reviewed during early September. For further details please contact Zoe Stevens on 020 7025 0016 or visit

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (Deadline 9 October 2017)

The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Visit for more information.

Wolfson Foundation – Health and Disability Grants Programme (Deadline 1 July 2017)

Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation provides grants of between £15,000 and £100,000 for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support. This funding tends to focus on enhancing care, providing better opportunities and improving quality of life. The Foundation has awarded over £35 million to more than 200 different organisations over the last ten years. The Foundation’s funding in this area is focussed on three themes: Palliative Care and Hospices; Older People; and Transitions and Independence. Visit for more information.

The National Churches Trust – Community Grants Programme (deadline 3 July 2017)

The National Churches Trust has announced that its 2017 Community Grants programme is open for applications. The Community Grants Programme provides grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees) to qualify. To be eligible the applicant will need to have raised 50% of the total project cost. Visit for more information.


Housing Security Concierge

Salary: £8.50 per hour
Hours: Covering nights on either a 3 night or 4 night shift basis per week between the hours of 23.00 and 08.00.
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Westcliff-on-Sea

Job Summary: You will be responsible for ensuring the safety and security of male and female residents at our supported accommodation site.  Duties include monitoring and control of access to the site; patrolling the environment; and reporting and recording of incidents. You will be Risk Assess the tenants on an ongoing basis and calling emergency services/duty staff when necessary. The work will include some cleaning duties.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Two years’ experience of working with people with mental health problems and substance misuse issues.
  • Experience or knowledge of a Paxton computer based security system or equivalent.
  • Experience of managing challenging behaviour.
  • Awareness of lone working risks and ability to safeguard against them.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience of using email such as Microsoft Outlook.
  • Must have basic IT skills in Word Processing.

Closing Date: Thursday 22 June, Midday.
Interview date: To be confirmed.

A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required.
South East and Central Essex Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer.
For more information please contact HR: Tel: 01702 601123 or email

Bank Staff

Hourly Rate: £8.70 – Support Workers
Contract Type: Casual Contract
Location: Variable

HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project) is an exciting and innovative organisation for the homeless that provides accommodation, advice and support tailored to the specific needs of homeless people in the Southend-on-Sea area to enable them to live independently within the community.

We are looking for experienced and passionate people to join our relief worker bank to cover recruitment, weekends, sickness, maternity and other absences in a range of supported housing projects in the Southend and Westcliff area.

All relief workers placed in a support worker capacity will work as part of a team, cover core key working duties and will need to have a good understanding of the issues involved in delivering effective support services to a range of homeless and vulnerable people.

Relief workers are casual workers who are called on as and when required and will need to be able to work flexibly and be willing to work shifts.

The ideal candidate will have:

•        Ability to manage difficult situations, and deal with them calmly, efficiently and           effectively
•        An empathy and understanding for homeless people, especially those who have complex needs.
•        Have the skills to work both on your own initiative and as part of a team, with the           availability to work unsociable hours, including evenings, nights, weekends and Bank    Holidays

Please refer to the Person Specification to complete the Supporting Statement.

Please quote Ref. BANK SH1.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website at and click on the “Jobs” box and download an application form or contact Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000. For an informal discussion regarding these positions contact Doreen Pujol on 01702 602913.

Closing Date:          7th July 2017 (noon)
Short listing Day:    10th July 2017
Interview Day:        19th July 2017

Charity No: 1098126. Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742. HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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