SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending 21st April 2017

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Highlight of the Week

Board Members

Active Essex are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity for individuals, with the required skill set and drive to join the Active Essex Board, on our journey, as we launch our new strategic plan in June this year.

The Board play a key role in the governance, operations and strategic direction of Active Essex.

We are looking for individuals who can or are able to continue to operate at a high senior strategic level, with experience of successful partnership working, who can take lead in driving forward participation, physical activity and widening sporting opportunity across Greater Essex.

Being passionate about physical activity and sport is important, but it isn’t enough. Active Essex Board members will provide strategic leadership, advocacy and management accountability for the Partnership and will, along with the Chair, act as ‘champions’ within their various spheres of influence, opening doors and creating links.

To apply download  / complete the following and send to
Board Recruitment Pack – April 2017
Skills Matrix April 2017
Active Essex Board Member Recruitment Declaration Form April 2017

Application deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 3rd May 2017


South East and Central Essex Mind News Bulletin

This concise news update contains brief overviews of what we offer for mental health, what we are up to and how people can get involved. You can read ‘A Piece of Mind’ here

Families in Focus (Essex) E Bulletin

Please find our latest E-Bulletin for April 2017 here.


  • Big Lottery Funding Success
  • Job Vacancies – Full time Family Support Adviser and Part Time Helpline Co-Ordinator
  • Activity Club Spring Party – 22nd April 2017

Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir – Helping you to Raise Funds 

Each year LOMVC’s Charities Concert helps local charities raise much-needed funds through a very low-risk process. We sell charities and local organisations tickets for our Charities Concert on 6th May for just £1 each. The charity then sells the tickets to their supporters for, say, £8 each, making £7 profit per ticket. And of course supporters get to enjoy an entertaining evening of good music. It’s win:win!

The Application Form can be found here and also an example of the flyer which can be personalised for each charity.


VST’s Summer Training – new programme is out now

Download a copy or take a look at our website listings.

Coming up in May are sessions on Volunteer Recruitment, Project Management, Trustee Training,  Mental Health Awareness , Presenting with Impact and much more.

Plus there are bursary places for charities based in Uttlesford area on all courses and for Thurrock groups on Promoting Your Organisation Using Facebook And Twitter

New Courses from SAVS

Facebook Pages for Charities and Community Groups
11 July 2017
Presented by James Gray of Caraway Communications.
This half-day course introduces practical strategies for maximising your social media presence using new features on Facebook.

Equality and Diversity Training
12 July 2017
Presented by Southend Adult Community College

The objective of the session is to review your existing equality policy and action plan – or write a draft – please bring a copy with you to the training.

The majority of organisations have a policy on equal opportunities and managing diversity. Many of these policies are aimed at:

  • protecting staff, volunteers and clients from discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation
  • promoting the diversity of the workforce
  • responding to changing demographics and working patterns – for example, many employers use flexible working to meet customer demands and retain valuable employees with caring responsibilities.

An equality policy is a promise to treat everyone within the organisation fairly and considerately.   This training will give you the opportunity to see what your equality policy means in practice and identify any areas that could be strengthened.

Events and Meetings

Leigh-on-Sea Farmers’ Market

Friday 21 April  09:00 – 12:00
Leigh Community Centre, 71/73 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1SP
Fantastic produce always available!
Why not put it in your diary now?

Southend Radical Fair

Saturday 6 May, 12:00–18:00
The Railway Hotel, Clifftown Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1AJ

2017 looks set to be a historically turbulent, crisis-ridden year. It would be easy to give up on any attempt at changing the world for the better.
Fortunately, there are a number of groups and individuals in Southend and the surrounding areas who see things differently. They’re working at grassroots level on projects to bring about change.

We’re holding the Southend Radical Fair to let people there are positive alternatives to the prevailing climate of despair – this is your chance to see what’s on offer. There will be stalls by active local groups, meetings, workshops and coaching sessions to inform you and help you to get involved in changing the world.

The event will be held upstairs; we apologise for the lack of disabled access and aim to do better next year.

Tai Chi Free Taster Sessions

Tai Chi is accessible and beneficial for everyone regardless of their physical condition.
Taoist Tai Chi arts are distinguished at the physical level by stretching, full range of motion and the continuous turning of the waist and spine. The movements exercise the whole physiology; including the tendons, joints connective tissue and the internal organs.

At the mental and spiritual level, they are a way of taming the heart and developing an attitude of calm, compassion and reduced self-centredness both during practice and in daily life.

Taoist Tai Chi arts are starting a series of 4 month long classes for beginners starting in the last week of April at 4 venues across South Essex.

The free taster sessions are on:

  • Wed 26 April from 1pm at Hullbridge Community Centre, Pooles Lane, Southend-on-Sea SS5 6PA
  • Thu 27 April from 1pm at St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Mazenod Hall, 59 Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 4BX
  • Wed 26 April from 7:30pm at Grove Wood Primary School, Grove Road, Rayleigh SS6 8UA
  • Wed 26 April from 7:30pm at Shoeburyness High School, Caulfield Road, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9LL

If you are interested please contact Fran on 07910 812 654 for more information.

SE Essex Organic Gardeners Talk

Monday 15 May at Growing Together Westcliff at 8pm

Festival of Southend

Late May Bank Holiday Weekend
In celebration of Southend being the UK’s ‘Alternative City of Culture’, and in commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Borough, Southend Carnival Events are proud to present ‘Festival of Southend on Sea’ in Chalkwell Park this summer.

See full information here

To find out more, or to book tickets online, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you there!


Funding to Help Community Groups and Charities Purchase Musical Instruments and Equipment

Deadline 10 May 2017
Music for Alice, which was established in memory of Alice Macgill, a talented young musician who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Through the new programme grants of up to £1,000 are available to help groups and organisations purchase musical instruments or equipment. Awards can be made to any group, organisation or charity based in the United Kingdom that has a formerly constituted character and can demonstrate that securing funding will enable them to improve lives through music. Visit for more information.

Funding to Use Digital Technology for Vocational Training

Deadline – 5pm, 25 May 2017
The UFI Charitable Trust (Ufi), which aims to help improve vocational skills in the UK’s workforce, has announced that it will launch a new call for proposals through its VocTech Seed fund on the 24th April 2017. VocTech Seed offers grants of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to 12 months. UFI will be looking for innovative ideas that use digital technology for vocational learning. As the name suggests, VocTech Seed is intended to support innovative and creative projects at a relatively early stage of development. It aims to enable new ideas to reach a point where they can demonstrate their potential to customers or funders and reach the market. Ufi is also particularly keen to support projects which will have long term impact on employers, communities of learners or sectors which cannot easily access current provision because of industry or market conditions, past learning history or other factors. Visit for more information.

Places of Worship – Security Funding Scheme

Deadline – 29 May 2017
To tackle the rising number of hate crimes against religious buildings,  churches and other places of worship can now apply for a second round of funding under the Government’s Places of Worship – Security Funding Scheme. The Jewish community will be exempt from this scheme as a similar commitment was made to fund Jewish community sites through a grant administered by the Community Security Trust.  Places of worship can only bid for security equipment and not for the cost of recruiting security personnel. This can include CCTV; perimeter fencing; access control gates; bollards; door locks; window locks; intruder alarm; external lighting; and security doors, etc. Funding would also include the appropriate labour cost to install the security equipment. Applicants will need to provide 20% of the total project cost themselves. Visit for more information.

Funding to Raise Standards in the Private Sector Rented Housing Market

Deadline 5pm, 5 June 2017
The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) Charitable Foundation aims to improve private rented housing standards. Through its grants programme, the Foundation is looking to support bids which promote knowledge of landlord’s obligations or tenant’s rights and responsibilities. Trustees are also looking at the feasibility of establishing a dedicated research centre for the private rented sector in England and Wales. A national funding stream for larger projects with national impact [c £50,000 per project]; an innovation fund to enable those riskier projects to be funded [c £25,000 per project]; and a community stream for local projects [c £10,000 per project]. Visit for more information.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects

Deadline – 10 June 2017
The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. 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.

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Launches Families in Stress for 2017/18

Deadline 26 June 2017
The Families in Stress priority is now open for applications from local charities (or a branch of a national charity) and community interest companies that provide specialist services as long as the lead organisation works in close partnership with one or more armed forces base. The Fund provides grants of between £20,000 and £300,000 for programmes of work lasting between two to three years. The funding is to be used for projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event and would benefit from an intervention from a provider who can offer specialised, localised (or easily accessible) and immediate support. These life events could include: life-changing injury, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship break-up, those subject to the civil or service justice system or mental health issues. Beneficiaries should be the families of serving personnel based both in the UK and overseas. Projects must either be new or enhance the support that is already available with an emphasis on long-term self-sufficiency. Projects should fill gaps in provision and not replicate or replace services already provided, nor create dependency. This priority will not fund capital schemes such as play parks or projects that extend to families of veterans. Projects should demonstrate an understanding of the diverse nature of service families (eg. geographically dispersed, deployment status, accompanied/unaccompanied overseas, single parents, single service personnel (where the family may be a relative such as parent), reservists, foreign and commonwealth personnel and their families, Service children and those with caring responsibilities etc.) and offer immediate and/or easily accessible support. Applicants also need to be working in close partnership with their local Armed Forces base(s). Projects must also demonstrate how they support at least one of the principles that underpin the UK Armed Forces Families Strategy: fairness, choice, empowerment, resilience. Visit for more information.

Wingate Foundation Music Grants Programme

Deadline 26 June 2017
The Music Grants programme supports those areas of music performance and education which do not readily attract backing from commercial sponsors or other funding bodies, or which are not eligible for public funding. Priority will be given to those organisations which give opportunities to young professionals and to education projects for young people as well as for new adult audiences. Visit for more information.

Wingate Foundation – Jewish Life and Learning Grant

Deadline 26 June 2017
Through this grants programme, the Foundation aims to encourage Jewish cultural, academic and educational life in a manner that enhances the Jewish contribution to the life of the wider community. In particular, applications are invited from academic institutions specialising in Jewish subjects and from bodies promoting Jewish culture, including museums, libraries and literary publications. Applications are also welcomed from organisations able to demonstrate a record in inter-faith dialogue, in the promotion of reconciliation between Jews in Israel and their Arab neighbours and the encouragement of liberal values in both communities. Visit for more information.

Funding to Understand and Address Fuel Poverty
Deadline 28 July 2017

The EAGA Charitable Trust has announced that its grant making programme has re-opened for applications. The Trust provides financial support for work that contributes to understanding and addressing the causes and effects of fuel poverty. Grants of up to £20,000 are available during this funding round; and projects should be completed within 12 months. During 2017 priority will be given to projects that address health, wellbeing and social cohesion aspects of fuel poverty; and low-carbon policies, behaviours and practices. Visit for more information.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People

Deadline – 31 July 2017
The Weaver’s Fund also aims to help young people (aged 15 – 30) at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Weaver’s Company will not fund large organisations. Grants are normally awarded to registered charities or organisations in the process of applying for registration. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year. Visit for more information.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Power and Accountability

Deadline – 4 September 2017
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust funding is available to support projects that challenge how power is concentrated, shared and used and how it is changing through globalisation, new technology, new channels of communication, extreme inequality and other factors. Specifically it wants to support people to create a world in which power is more equally shared, and in which powerful institutions are responsive and accountable to wider society and aligned with the long-term public interest. Applications should address the following: Strengthening corporate accountability; Strengthening democratic accountability; Encouraging responsible media. Projects can be UK-based or pan-European. Visit for more information.

Garfield Weston Foundation Launches New Website to Simplify Charity Fundraising

The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched its new website with the aim of making the process of applying for funding as straightforward as possible for potential applicant charities. The new website features examples and guidelines on many of the aspects of applying for funding that charities find most challenging according to the Foundation’s feedback and experience, including presenting fundraising plans and charity finances. Clear guidance has also been provided on core costs. The Foundation’s previous research and experience has shown that there is confusion in the voluntary sector over the scope and availability of core costs funding. New advice on the website aims to help clear up these uncertainties using clear guidelines and case studies. Further details, including the Foundation’s new guidelines, can be found on the Garfield Weston Foundation website

April Funding Newsletter here


Bradbury Centre Hostel Worker

Salary Grade point 13 to point 15 (£16,491 to £17,072 pro rata)

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?
HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 1200 lives every year.

We are looking for a team of passionate individuals to enhance the work in our emergency hostel and to help HARP to End Rough Sleeping by 2018.

Job Title: Hostel worker x 4
Location: Southend-on-Sea
Contract Type: Permanent, 8 hours per week Saturday 9am – 5pm (x 1 post)

Ref No: Hostel1
Contract Type: Permanent, 20 hours per week Tue – Fri Late shift until 12.30am (x 1 post)

Ref No: Hostel2
Contract Type: Permanent, 18.5 hours per week Sat – Mon Late shift until 12.30am (x 1 post)

Ref No: Hostel3
Contract Type: Permanent, 32.5 hours per week Mon – Fri 9am – 3.30pm (x 1 post). This post has an element of lone working

Ref No: Hostel4
Main Purpose of the Role:

  • To assist with the day to day running of the Emergency Hostel.
  • To assist service users with food preparation.
  • Provide pastoral support to service users.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience of working in the homeless field or similar.
  • Good communication and computer skills.
  • The ability to remain calm in a crisis and deal with all incidents in a professional manner.
  • Have 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.
  • Good customer service skills.

We are happy to consider applicants without experience in this field that can demonstrate empathy and an enthusiasm for the role.
HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career and contribution to our clients.
HARP operates a workplace pension through The People’s Pension and you will automatically be enrolled into the pension scheme if you qualify. In this case, HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will also be required to make a contribution (which will be made via a deduction from your pay).
Further information is provided separately which includes details of contributions and how to contact the pension provider. HARP reserves the right to change pension provider at its absolute discretion.

If you are interested in these positions, the job description and person specification detailing the Technical and Professional knowledge required and an application form can be found at our website via the link below.

If you would like to discuss any of the roles please contact Neal McArdle on 01702 430696.
For an application pack, please download and save the documents on the website,, clicking on the “Jobs” tab or contact Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.

Closing date:    17th May 2017 (Noon)
Shortlisting:      18th May 2017
Interview date:  26th May 2017

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