SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending 5th May 2017

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Community Engagement Advisory Group

Purpose – The Community Engagement Advisory Group (‘the advisory group’) supports the communications and engagement work undertaken by NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (‘the CCG’). Its key role is to advise on planned activities, help develop communications or engagement projects and ensure the CCG reflects its commitment to Equality and Diversity in this work.
Remit – The role of the group is entirely advisory but feedback from the group will be considered and CCG officers will report back regularly on how that feedback has impacted on their work.
Membership -Membership will be offered to organisations as opposed to individuals. Membership will reflect Southend’s diverse population and ensure different voices, experiences and perspectives are captured and listened to. There will be up to 20 members of the group (not including CCG members), as follows:
Automatic membership
1. Healthwatch Southend (one representative per meeting)
2. Southend Association of Voluntary Services (one representative per meeting)
3. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (one representative per meeting)
4. Southend Youth Council (up to two representatives per meeting)
5. Patient Participation Group Forum (up to two representatives per meeting)
Membership through Application Process
The remaining 13 places will be offered to voluntary groups, support groups and charities across Southend, with one representative per meeting. It is hoped that the groups will be representative of the local population and vulnerable groups. Member organisations will be expected to help the CCG communicate with the local community by relaying agreed messages and information to their own stakeholders using their own communication channels.

Further details here and application form here

If you have any questions or require further details please contact: Paul Ilett, Head of Communications and Engagement Office: 01702 313690 Email:


MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest)

We have been asked to spread the word about MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest), which is an opportunity to participate in an exciting research project that will estimate the contribution people who grow their own fruit and vegetable crops are making to UK national food production.

At present, there is a recognition that own-growing in the UK makes a really important contribution to food security, healthy diets and general well-being, but we currently have a poor understanding of how much own-grown food people are able to produce. This will be key to providing the vital evidence base to support the use of land for growing spaces within our cities and towns, at a time when people are becoming increasingly interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables.

The National Allotment Society is supporting the research team at the University of Sheffield who are working with members of the public growing food in allotments, gardens and other own-growing spaces across the UK to understand the yield of typical UK fruit and vegetable crops.

By providing the team with the area of land they use to grow a crop and the weight of the crop they harvest participants would be:

1.     Contributing to a first national estimate of own-grown food production in the 21st century.
2.     Helping us to understand how much allotment and garden space we need in the future to ensure sufficient access for the growing number of people in our cities and towns.

Twitter: @myharvestuk

Fire Safety Week

8-12 May
Free school visits • Free fire safety checks • Free smoke alarms
Expert advice • Community safety meeting • Khabi Abrey’s book launch
For more details email:


Newsletter for May can be found here. And please continue to vote for Transpire in the National Diversity Awards.

Transpire have been nominated for the national diversity awards.
We’ve had 157 votes so far, but every vote counts.
It literally takes two minutes to cast your vote, no lengthy questionnaire or anything like that
Here’s the link.

Integrated Community Dermatology Procurement

We are looking for a patient representative to join the project team for the procurement of a new dermatology service.

This will involve attendance at Project Group meetings (likely to be held monthly and require around an hour and half) to develop the service specification and manage the governance of the procurement. It will also include the virtual review and sign-off of documentation for the tender and the evaluation of bids for us to award the contract to the most suitable bidder.

Do you have an interest in Dermatology?  (However, this is not essential).  It should be an interesting transformation project to be involved in as we’re procuring a service that will see the majority of Dermatology services provided in the community so patients will no longer be required to travel to Basildon or Broomfield for their treatment and waiting times should be significantly reduced.

If you are interested and require further information, contact Emma Tindall at

Wesley Clarion for May 2017

The Clarion can be viewed here
Or available to download at

Holiday @ Home

A project run by Parish Nursing at Avenue Baptist Church.   It is primarily intended to provide some fun & company for older people who do not have a holiday. This is the seventh time such a venture has been planned & we hope you will enjoy it.

The theme of this year’s Holiday @ Home this year is the countryside & all activities are based around this theme. We will spend the week at Milton Hall country garden. (Avenue Baptist church)
Full details here


Mental Health Awareness Training

18 May 2017
Provided by Voluntary Sector Training at Garron Park Cricket Pavilion Southend.

This course provides an opportunity to explore and understand mental health and well-being and how this has the capacity to affect us all. We will explore what it might be like to experience mental ill health and the impact this can have on everyday life, relationships and well-being.
This will enable staff and volunteers who work with or support people who experience mental health problems to have a greater understanding and insight into the issues raised.
Prices from £70 per place.
Read more and book >

Events & Meetings

Trust Links launch their Carers Café

On 11th May, 2017 at 1.30 pm Trust Links will be launching their drop in café which will take place every other Thursday afternoon (fortnightly) at Garons Cricket Pavillion, Garons Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend.

Whether you care for someone full time or part time (or may not even consider yourself to be a carer), we would like to meet you.

The Café is open to unpaid carers of all ages regardless of the reasons for being a carer.
All unpaid carers in the Southend Area are welcome to come along to the drop-in café for a chat and a cuppa.  On the first day we will be asking you how you would like the café to be run, for example, whether you would like activities to take place or perhaps you would like a topical speaker to attend.  The choice will be yours.  The drop-in sessions will be social events where carers can come along to have time to themselves and to meet other carers.

Garons Cricket Pavilion looks out over the cricket pitch and wildlife area which makes for a scenic and relaxing environment.  There will be the opportunity for those who wish to
take leisurely walks around the grounds.

We will also be looking for volunteers to help run the café.  This could be making the tea and coffee or phoning around attendees to remind them of the dates the café is open and to see if they will be attending.

If you would like to come along as a carer or become involved as a volunteer, then please get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

Southend Area Bus User Group, Annual General Meeting

Saturday 13th May 2017 at 10.30 am at the Salvation Army Hall, 42 Clarence Street, Southend SS1 1BD.
Representatives for the Arriva and First together with other local bus companies should be in attendance.

Senior Stride

Tuesdays 11am at Chalkwell Park

Dementia Awareness Week

17 May 9am – 4pm

Cook & Chat Challenge

13 – 21 May

Apprenticeship Day at Southend United

31 May 2017

CSDF Conference

Wednesday May 24th 2017
Since 2013 the PCC’s office has distributed over £1.5m of grants to help community safety partners, including community and voluntary groups, to develop new ways to prevent and tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and to make our communities safer. The new round of CSDF funding will be open shortly, and in anticipation of this the OPCC is pleased to offer partners the opportunity to learn more about the fund, and how to develop a successful bid at a CSDF Conference on Wednesday May 24th 2017 at Hylands House, Writtle, CM2 8WQ.

The session will run from 9.30am to 13.30pm and will involve short presentations followed by a workshop and ending in a Q&A session where delegates have the chance to put their questions to the OPCC.

Places are free and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. To book your place on the conference please follow the link below.

For more information about the event please contact Liane Edwards on or call 01245 291605.

Community Involvement in Culture: Harder to Reach Audiences

Many interesting issues have come to light as to how Council services can enrich the programme of work going on in the ward, there is a great opportunity to follow up on the offer of the Unitarian Meeting House in Grange Gardens, to use as a space for activities as well as their idea in using film and free food to motivate families to engage with Culture this Summer.

There will be a meeting on Thursday May 4th at the Unitarian Meeting House, Grange Gardens, SS12LL, behind the Mayor’s house off Tyrrel Drive to look at how our Council services can work with the Food bank at Colman St, and the Summer activities programme at St Luke’s, as well as ask the faith groups in the area how we can best engage with them this summer?
The Culture Engine have been invited to attend to tell us about how their work on Food can motivate community involvement in Culture.
If you know of other key groups or people who might be useful please invite them and let me know in advance.
If you have any other ideas for Southchurch Hall, food or otherwise, please email me them so we can put them on the table also.

All enquiries to Chris Mellor – Cultural Strategy and Development Officer – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, 01702 534381 (Direct)| 07918 360379 (Mobile)


Veolia Environmental Trust Grants

Deadline – 25 May 2017
Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 for projects that support the natural, social and built environment. The type of activities that can be supported include community buildings and rooms: such as community centres and village halls, etc.; public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways or cycle-paths; play and recreation areas such as skate parks, Multi Use Games Areas (MUGAs), sports grounds, pavilions or changing rooms. There is a two-stage application process and applicants successful at stage 1 must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application. Visit for more information.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants

Deadline; small grants, 19 May, large grants, 28 July
Masonic Charitable Foundation’s “Community Support Grants Scheme” is available for projects to tackle financial hardship; improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health; provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged young people; and tackle social exclusion. Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 – £5,000. Visit for more information.

Funding and Support for New Community Businesses

Deadline 10am, 31 May
Community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses can apply for support and funding from the £1.85 million Bright Ideas Fund. The fund will offer around 80 community groups, with up to 15 days of tailored business support, grants of up to £20,000 to develop their community business ideas as well as opportunities to learn from other community businesses. Visit for more information.

Support for Environmental Outreach Education for Disadvantaged Young People

Deadline 1 June 2017
Schools, colleges and youth groups can receive up to 80% towards the costs of providing environmental outreach education for groups of disadvantaged young people through the Field Studies Council’s Kids Fund. The Field Studies Council is an independent educational charity committed to raising awareness about the natural world and works through a network of residential and day Centres in the UK to provide outreach education and training. The funding is available to help young people aged 14 – 18 (25 for those with special needs) attend a course who may otherwise be excluded due to some form of disadvantage – health, mobility, deprivation or financial. One free staff/adult place is provided for every 12 young people; additional adults pay 20% +VAT. This includes all equipment, tuition and waterproof hire costs. Food and accommodation are included for residential courses. Visit for more information.

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme

Deadline – 1 June 2017
Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to three years through the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme. The grants are available for projects working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Visit for more information.

Funding to Challenge Gender Inequality

Deadline, 5pm – 15 June 2017
Women’s sector voluntary or community organisation in the UK can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,000 to support projects that will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change. The type of activities supported include coaching for a service user to speak at an event; presentation, media or lobbying training to support organisational advocacy strategies; and the creation of campaign materials, such as posters and videos; etc. The funding is being made available through the Voices from the Frontline Programme which is run by Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK. Visit for more information.

Funding for Cancer Support Groups and Individuals Affected by Cancer

Deadline 4 August 2017
Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme aims to fund individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. will be accepted from individuals or groups of people affected by cancer and organisations and professionals working in partnership with people affected by cancer. Visit for more information.

HRUK & SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants

Deadline; check website
Heart Research UK (HRUK) is launching its 2017 SUBWAY/HRUK Healthy Heart Grants scheme for Not for profit groups, voluntary organisations and registered charities to apply for up to £10,000 for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease. The grants are available in specific regions at certain times of the year. Visit for more information.

Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme

State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding through the Foyles Foundation Schools Library Programme. Priority will be given to primary schools and to funding library books. The Foundation will also consider contributions towards e-readers, library software, necessary IT equipment and specialist seating/desks. Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate that their library can be maintained and renewed in the future. The average grant made under this programme is between £3,000 and £10,000. Applications will be strengthened if the PTA/Friends group can support the project. Visit for more information.



Southend Christian Fellowship
We have a post of twenty hours a week Monday to Friday at a rate of £8.58 per hour preparing a hot meal with dessert for approximately twenty five elderly persons. The hours would be 11.30am to 3.30pm. This is a new venture so start and end hours may change to best suit the needs of the service.
If you feel you could fill this post please phone Mark Wilder, Operations Manager, Southend Christian Fellowship 01702 461616 by 5 MAY.
We would hope to have a person in place for the 15 May so an early response would be appreciated.

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