SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 14th July 2017

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Essex Social Investment Readiness Programme

As you may be aware, SEEE is currently accepting applications 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 is supported by Essex Partnership and will run from September 2017 to March 2018.

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


Calling All Carers!

In recognition of the knowledge and experience unpaid carers can offer in helping improve and shape the way services are delivered – Southend Carers Hub plans to have Carers voices at the heart of planning the support it provides.

We are setting up a new Carers ‘Roving’ Reference Group, and are looking for Carers who are willing to get involved to discuss the types of provision available, as well as help co-design new initiatives & approaches, to meet the needs of Carers living in Southend-on-Sea.

This group will meet 3/4 times a year in venues across the town.

Applicants should:
• Be a current carer aged 18 years or over
• Be caring for someone who lives in the Southend-in-Sea area
• Be able to attend and contribute to meetings
• Have an interest in carer issues

Southend Carers Hub can arrange respite and will reimburse reasonable travel costs, child care or other expenses incurred by Carers through attending the meetings.

If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity or to request an Expression of Interest form – please click here

SECE Mind opens new trauma service thanks to bid win

South East and Central Essex Mind have been awarded just over £350,000 by the Big Lottery Fund to deliver a brand new service helping those who are experiencing mental health problems resulting from psychological trauma. The new 3 year service has been designed so that users go through for different stages which all offer specialised and bespoke help and support.

The Trauma programme is unique in the UK in that it works with trauma-specific issues and is built around a tiered entry system. The service is a vital asset to the community as it offers longer-term specialised psychotherapy and counselling for those with more complex needs.

Kristina Stazaker, the charities’ Development Manager says “Everyone at SECE Mind worked really hard to win this bid as we knew how much the community needs help with their mental health. It took around 9 months for us to complete the application and we are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded. We cannot thank the Big Lottery Fund enough for their generosity”.

Georgina Beadon, the Service Manager says “The new Trauma programme is the most holistic, integrated and innovative service we have built over the last decade and it has been designed in collaboration with local stakeholders, service users and the community so that everyone benefits. I feel proud to have led this bid and look forward to its future successes”

Anyone who wishes to join the Trauma programme or address their mental health issues, resulting from trauma, can contact the charity for more information and guidance. South East and Central Essex Mind, who are based in Southchurch Road on the corner of the underpass, can be contacted by ringing 01702 601123 or via email. Please visit their website for more details

South East and Central Essex Mind are celebrating their 50th year anniversary helping people in this region of Essex experiencing mental health difficulties. They offer a drop-in and advice service as well more specialised help such as supported accommodation and counselling. Although South East and Central Essex Mind are affiliated with national Mind, they are responsible for funding their own mental health services and are an independent charity with a separate board of trustees.

Families in Focus Essex

Our latest E-Bulletin for July 2017 is here.
We hope that you will find the information to be of interest.
July issue includes:
·        BBC Children In Need successful funding
·        Braintree Drop in 12th July 2017
·        Activity Club closed 15th July 2017

Essex Watch Out magazine

Please find here the June issue of Essex Watch Out magazine for the members of Essex Community Messaging Service.

Seeing the Future Your Way

Add your voice to survey for the needs of the visually impaired in Southend

Are you living with sight loss? Do you care for someone with visual impairment? Then Southend Blind Welfare Organisation wants to hear from you.

Southend Blind Welfare Organisation (SBWO) wants to hear from visually impaired people across Southend. The independent Southend charity offers practical support to those living with sight issues in and around Southend. It is asking for people across the borough with experience of visual impairment, to take part in a survey to help deliver services and support that really meets their needs. The SBWO survey, entitled Seeing the Future Your Way, has been designed to align to the RNIB’s national strategy and criteria.

In 2014, the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) had 1,110 Southend residents registered with either slight or severe sight impairment and an estimated further 6000 plus people living with sight loss.  Southend Blind Welfare Organisation can offer support for those just beginning to lose their sight, providing specialist equipment and advice, and then continues to help those living with visual impairment by running clubs and workshops and arranging training. The survey results will inform the charity’s future strategy on a local level, enabling it to assist visually impaired people with everyday life and take into account individuals’ needs.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes and can be completed over the phone or by post. To take part and make your voice heard, please contact the charity by emailing, by calling 01702 342131 or by writing to the charity at 117, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7ES. More information about the charity can be found at

Hate Incident Reporting Centre gets certified!

Transpire are delighted to announce that Southend has its newest Hate Incident Reporting Centre (HIRC).
Transpire was able to secure funding through the Office of the Essex Police Crime Commissioner to have its community members, friends and allies trained as Hate Crime Ambassadors (HCA’s) by Essex Police

Attic which is located at 48 Eastern Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ES was signed off today to be a HIRC, by James Swatton Essex Polices’ Hate Crime officer. Here he presents Attic owner Carol Carr, and specially trained HCA, with the premises certificate.

Thank you James and well done Carol!

If you want to report a hate incident in confidence, or want to know more about what amounts to a hate incident, you can call,
Carol 07756 026263
Lindsey 07548 106271
Jack 07548 106529
or email

Events & Meetings

Audio Described Performance

Palace Theatre

We are delighted to be presenting an Audio-Described performance of Ray Cooney’s award-winning comedy Out Of Order on Saturday 15 July at 2.30pm.

A professional describer will bring the visual world of the show to life for those patrons wearing headsets, allowing visually impaired patrons to follow the production in more detail than is possible simply by following the dialogue.

The describers will also lead a 30-minute onstage touch tour prior to the show, broadcast a live version of the introductory notes in the auditorium 15 minutes before show time and deliver the live audio description.

Audio description conveys in vivid language (fitted between the dialogue) the visual elements of a performance that a blind or partially sighted person might otherwise miss. It is listened to through a discreet stethoset receiver so the performance can be enjoyed with sighted friends and family.

The performance is, of course, open to all patrons but should you wish to take advantage of this aspect please call our Box Office on 01702 351135 and explain that you are booking because of the audio-description.

Family Friendly Gardening & Wildlife Workshops

Shoeburyness Hub

A series of funded Gardening & Wildlife workshops will run at Shoeburyness Hub, every Monday, for six weeks, from Monday July 17th.  The course is being run by mental health and wellbeing charity Trust Links.  It will provide families and members of the community an opportunity to come together to learn about local wildlife and participate in some family friendly gardening activities.

Contact Trust Links:

All Ears

Monday 24 July
A free to attend ‘All Ears’ event will take place at the Education Centre, Southend University Hospital on Monday 24 July from 3pm to 5pm. Any person living with hearing loss can come along to this free event.

People who are new to NHS hearing aids will find it particularly beneficial, though established users, friends and carer’s are welcome to attend and find out more about the services and help available.

Hearing Help Essex, a registered not for profit charity assists people with acquired hearing loss. The keynote speaker will be from Sarabec, a leading hearing loss equipment supplier. The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will also be present.
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some degree of hearing loss and a quarter of a million people in Essex alone have some degree of hearing difficulty, which can come about for all sorts of reasons, making day-to-day communication far less easy.

Practical information, advice and guidance on how best to adjust to wearing NHS hearing aids and managing hearing loss will be made available. There will also be the opportunity to learn more about assistive equipment and the benefits of technology that can really help.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  It’s easy to make a reservation:  Call 01245 496347; Text 07950 406173; or Email:
Hearing Help Essex is committed in making a provision of support that will help people with hearing loss to make life easier.
One final event will also be scheduled on Monday 23rd October.  Please indicate your attendance preference.

Coaches Day

Friday 28 July


Southend Summer Festival

Saturday 29 July Garon Park

The volunteer committee organisers of Cancer Research UK’s Southend Relay For Life & Southend Summer Festival which takes place on the 29th of July at Garon Park urgently need volunteer marshals to carry out a number of duties which could include crowd management, car parking, manning a side show and general visitor assistance.

The event is free entry and so volunteer’s families are welcome to come along and enjoy the event.
Marshals are needed from Midday until Midnight with the greatest number required from 5pm to midnight.
Free refreshments will be available and any equipment required will be provided.

The event, which is in its ninth year has raised over £200k for Cancer Research UK and we hope to raise even more with the help of an army of volunteers.

If you are able to help or can share this information out to any volunteer groups you know we would be very grateful.

For those wishing to volunteer should email either or

Lawn Bowls Taster

Saturday 29 July
Ever fancied playing bowls…why not give it a try?
Get to know new people, healthy, rewarding and enjoyable.

Prittlewell Bowls Club will be holding a ‘Taster’ session on Saturday 29th July at 2pm

A small charge of £3 will be made for the hire of the lawns and equipment.
We look forward to meeting you there!
For more information please give Kath at SBWO a call on 01702 342131

Multicultural Food Get Together

10 August 4pm-6pm at the Victoria Hub


Get ready for September with the SAVS training sessions:

Writing Funding Applications 13 July
Evidencing Impact 7 September
Crowdfunding 12 September
Fire Training 13 September
Evidencing the Need 25 September
Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers 26 September 

Sign up early – book your places click here


Funding Bulletin

July’s Funding Bulletin can be found here

Funding to Grow Community Tennis

Clubs, local authorities and educational institutions (schools, colleges and universities, etc) have the opportunity to come together with other local partner organisations to apply for capital funding to create a community tennis network in their area. The funding is being provided through the Lawn Tennis Associations £125 million Transforming British Tennis Together Programme. The overall aim of the programme is to get more people playing tennis at a grassroots level by providing: accessible facilities where people can play come rain or shine, people to operate these facilities and an easy way for players to find and book courts. There is no upper limit to the amount that can be bid for and for each successful bid, the programme will provide up to 50% of the necessary funding, around half of which will come in the form of a grant and the remaining half as an interest free loan. There will be two application rounds each year for the next ten years. Organisations struggling to find local partners can apply for funding through the Growing the Game fund. The Growing the Game fund is for single venues who want to help more people from their local community to play tennis and will fund up to 50% of each project (just like the Transforming British Tennis Together fund), however this will be primarily issued in the form of an interest free loan. Visit for more information.

Grants to Improve the Lives of Children

Deadline, 25 July 2017
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People supports registered charities that work to improve the lives of disabled and sick children and young people by awarding grants for equipment, training, and support. Through the Foundation’s Central Grants scheme, awards of a few hundred pounds and up to £30,000 can be made, although the majority of grants will be under £10,000. Visit for more information.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants

Deadline, 28 July 2017 – small grants, deadline, 2 October 2017 – large grants
Funding is available for projects to tackle financial hardship; improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing; provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people; and tackle social exclusion and disadvantage. Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 – £5,000. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 28th July 2017. Visit for more information.

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

Deadline, 31 July 2017
Grants of £1,000 are available to registered charities that have an income of between £50,000 and £1,000,000 for projects that relate to Music and the Arts with priority given to projects that focus on Homelessness; Domestic Abuse; Prisoners/Offenders; Training/Education; Counselling/Support; Refugees and Asylum Seekers; and activities for those with limited access or opportunities. The Trust will run four funding rounds each year; each with a different theme. For information on how to apply and on future funding rounds this year, visit

Co-op Local Community Fund Re-opens

Deadline, 8 August 2017
The Co-op Local Community Fund distributes money raised from own brand products and carrier bag sales to local good causes chosen by its members is open. The Co-op will choose up to three Projects to support in each community. These will be displayed in store and online, so that Co-op members can choose which Project they want to support in the community. Visit here for more information.

Funding for Artists and Bands

Deadline, 15 August 2017
Artists and bands that are looking to break through to the next level of their careers can apply for grants of £5,000 – £15,000. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven’t been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Activities eligible for support include Recording; Touring; and Marketing. Priority will be given to those that haven’t been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Artists/Bands applying for the Momentum Music Fund must be at a crucial tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth as an artist with the potential to significantly develop their careers over the next two years. Visit for more information.

Sport England to Launch New Families Fund

Deadline 3pm, 17 August 2017
The aim of the fund will be to offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together. A particular focus will be to support parents on low incomes with children aged 5-15 living in areas of high deprivation; and to make sure their children have positive experiences of sport and physical activity. Sport England will be seeking applications from organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them.  Visit for more information.

Postcode Community Trust

Deadline 18 August 2017
Postcode Community Trust will re-open for applications to its grants programme on the 1st August 2017. Through its grants programme, the Trust will provide grants of £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community’s physical and mental health. Funding is available to registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises. Visit for more information.

Funding for the Provision, Maintenance and Improvement of Public Amenities

Deadline 5pm, 23 August 2017
WREN, a Land fill operator and Environmental Body has announced that its Community Fund will make grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site. This could include improvements to a village hall or community centre; the provision of children’s play equipment in public open space; construction of footpaths and cycleways in a public park; and providing all-weather play surface for MUGA (multi use games area); etc. Applications are accepted for projects within 10 miles of an FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating area. The fund is open to applications from not for profit organisations (with a formal constitution and a bank account) and Local Authorities. Visit for more information

LIBOR Fund Opens for Applications

Deadline, Noon, 25 August 2017
Established with fines collected from banks for rigging the London interbank offered rate, the 2017 LIBOR grant scheme is now open to applications from registered charities, CICs, and Armed Forces units (with a Unit Identification Number). The total amount available is not stated and there is neither a minimum nor a maximum amount to apply for, however previous grants have ranged from £100,000 to £5 million. The LIBOR fund will support projects that will offer clear and effective support to people and family members from the Armed Forces and Emergency services. Capital projects (including building projects) will need to have 50% matched funding secured. Projects can last for up to three years, must not start before May 2018 and be completed by the end of March 2021. Visit for more information.

The Friends Provident Foundation – Building Resilient Economies

Deadline, 6 November 2017
The programme aims to build a more resilient, fairer and sustainable economic system. Organisations working within the UK who want to help transform financial systems into ‘engines for social benefit’ can apply for up to £200,000 for work lasting up to five years. These can be in the form of grants, loans, part loans or underwriting to cover capital or revenue funding, core costs or project costs. Activities funded will fit closely with the aims of the Foundation and deliver one of two key outcomes. These are “System Change” and “Local Economic Resilience”. Under ‘Systems change’ the Foundation will be looking for strong analysis of the issues and problems to be addressed together with effective methods of delivering policy and corporate behavioural change. Activities supported under ‘Local economic resilience’ will build on current technologies and approaches with funded projects focussing on building local partnerships, sharing knowledge and complimenting other local initiatives. Visit for more information.

Funding for Projects that Stop Disadvantage Young People Committing Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour

Deadline, 21 November 2017
The William Wates Memorial Trust is inviting applications from registered charities and not-for-profit enterprises working with the most disadvantaged 5 – 19 years olds to enable them to fulfil their potential and thus to avoid anti-social behaviour and criminal activity. The Trust primarily supports projects in London and the southeast. However, they will also consider nationwide projects. Visit for more information.

The Ouseley Trust

Deadline, 28 February 2018
Grants are open to cathedrals, choral foundations, parish churches, choir schools and other relevant institutions which promote and maintain to a high standard the choral services of the Church of England for funding from the Ouseley trust. Grants are available in the following areas: Courses for individuals or groups; endowment grants for scholarships or bursaries; fees for individual choristers having places at recognised choir schools; purchase of liturgical music and other projects of an innovative kind that are likely to further the objects of the trust in a direct and effective way. No maximum grants size is specified but grants for fees are unlikely to exceed £5,000. Visit for more information.

Arts Funding for Libraries

Rolling programme, closes on 31 March 2018
Through the programme public libraries and organisations / local authorities managing public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 for projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations to encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities. Visit for more information.


Local charities, community groups, organisations and schools are being encouraged to bid for up to £5,000 of proceeds of crime money, to spend on a project of their choice which will help combat unscrupulous loan sharks. The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) have put forward multiple pots of £5,000 to fund projects that will assist in raising awareness of loan sharks, in the hope of preventing more people from falling victim of these criminals. This large sum of cash, which has been confiscated from convicted loan sharks through the Proceeds of Crime Act, is being used to fund local community projects which meet the IMLT’s criteria. The team will vote on which applicants will be granted the funding to support their community project. The aim of this national scheme is to see the illegal earnings these loan sharks once made, used wisely, to benefit key areas. See the press release here for more information.


Rough Sleeper Co-Ordinator

Location: Bradbury Centre, Southend-on-Sea
Salary Point: 26 – 28 starting at £23,398 rising incrementally to £24,964
Contract Type: Permanent 37 hours per week

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 a highly dynamic individual to join our Homeless Prevention Team at The Bradbury Centre. This opportunity is based in a busy and energetic environment. The Bradbury Centre team will enable long-term rough sleepers to improve their mental health and physical wellbeing and move off the streets into supported housing providing stability and support. Focus will be on helping to support improvements to their mental health, managing physical health problems, sustaining a tenancy with support under the Transition Project and other accommodation options.
Individuals’ basic needs will be met on a daily basis for food, washing facilities and clothing. With staff available to chat, whilst informally assessing their needs and building trust.  Service Users are welcome to join in any of the support groups, recovery groups or activities being held at the Centre.  This will allow continued improvement until they are able to be offered suitable accommodation. To be considered for this role, you will need to demonstrate the ability to work within a highly effective, person centred service for service users with multiple and complex needs that include substance use and mental health. This experience must include the holistic assessment of need, support and risk, and multi-agency casework planning.
Organised, adaptable, and an excellent communicator, you will be enthusiastic about working in a psychologically informed environment, and creative in your approach to service delivery.
The ideal candidate will have:

  • An understanding of and substantial experience of working face to face with vulnerable people.
  • Substantial experience working in the homelessness field sector or supported housing environments.
  • The ability to establish trust and maintain a good rapport with service users; including identifying and raising concerns regarding safeguarding.
  • An empathy and understanding for homeless people, especially those who may have complex needs.
  • Clear communication skills face to face and on the phone or email.
  • Ability to manage difficult situations, and deal with them calmly, efficiently and effectively.
  • Writing skills – produce reports and ability to write succinct documents on complex areas.

HARP operates a workplace pension through The People’s Pension. 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.
Please refer to the Person Specification to complete the Supporting Statement section in the application form when applying the post. For an informal discussion regarding this position contact Neal McArdle 01702 430696
For full details and to apply, please download the job description / person specification and application form from our website clicking on the “Jobs” tab.
If you are filling in the forms electronically, please ensure that you save the completed PDF files to your PC. After checking that you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Description and Person Specification, please complete the Job Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form (found in the Application Guidance Notes) and return them to the address shown below.


Closing Date:                   5th July 2017 (noon)
Short listing Day:    6th July 2017
Interview Day:        14th July 2017

Applications should be sent to Clive Franceschi at HARP Head Office, Dencora Court, 4th Floor, Tylers Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2BB.
For further information about the position or for informal enquiries please contact
Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000
Charity No: 1098126         HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

SAVS Evening Caretaker
15 hours per week – 4:30pm until 7:30pm
(Additional hours will be required on an ad hoc basis to include evening conference room bookings and occasional weekend working and holiday/sickness cover)
Salary:  NJC Point 12 – £16,123 per annum (pro rata)

Southend Association of Voluntary Services is looking for a helpful, willing and responsible person to work at our offices at Alexandra Street, Southend
Main duties will include:

  • Responsible for opening, locking up and cleaning of our Alexandra Street building
  • Setting up the conference rooms and cleaning away afterwards
  • To cover sickness/holiday of morning Caretaker (7am until 10am)

The successful candidate will need to be physically able to move conference room furniture and equipment on a daily basis and have an understanding and abide by fire safety regulations, health and safety regulation and emergency procedures etc.
For a full application pack please e-mail Julie Newman at:
Please note we do not accept CV’s
Details can also be downloaded from our website

Opportunities for Voluntary Board Members

The Abbeyfield Southend Society is a Registered Charity which operates 4 Sheltered Houses and 1 Registered Care Home for the elderly, in the Borough of Southend.
Due to age and rotational retirements, there will be a vacancy for an Ordinary Member on the Board of Trustees from the end of August 2017.
These are Volunteer posts and as such are unpaid but do attract the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.
Board meetings are held approximately once a month at the Society’s Registered Office in Clifftown Road and these can last between 2 and 3 hours.
Although Board Members may also take on ad-hoc tasks, the Society has a fully equipped Administration and accounts office, staffed by paid professional Managers and Support staff. These staff are responsible for most of the day-to-day work, leaving Board Members to concentrate on the wider issues of Business & Strategic planning and policy, in order to ensure the continuing viability of the organisation and the safety and security of the Society’s 67 elderly Residents.
If you think you may be interested in joining a very worthwhile organisation or even just finding out a little more about the Society’s ethos and work, please contact Sue Speakman CEO, on 017023 213350 or e-mail:
Registered Charity No 260015

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