SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 18th August 2017

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Are you a voluntary or community organisation which is working to improve information, advice and guidance in health and social care?

If so, Essex Community Foundation are holding a Phone-In Funding Surgery to help you identify if there is support available for your work and talk you through the process of applying for a grant.

This phone-in event will be held on Wednesday 16 August between 10am to 12 noon.  ECF grant officers will be on hand to talk with you about your work and discuss your funding options. Please call them, on the day, on 01245 356018.

If you cannot get through on the day because the lines are busy, please leave a voicemail message with your name, the organisation you are calling from and a phone number that they can contact you on. They will call you back as soon as possible.

Essex Community Foundation is an independent charitable trust which manages funds on behalf of individuals, companies and public agencies for the benefit of local communities.

More information can be found on their website


Watch Saving Lives at Sea

Every Wednesday from 16 August at 8pm on BBC Two
Featuring Southend RNLI Lifeboat Station and Crew

Saving Lives at Sea will hit TV screens tomorrow evening in a new 12-part series. The documentary gives a unique insight into the lives of the RNLI’s courageous volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards who brave unpredictable waters to save the lives of others.

Learn about the challenges they face, the sacrifices they make and the unifying selfless spirit that has fuelled the lifesaving work of the RNLI for almost 200 years.

Community360 and VST Merger

Community360 and Voluntary Sector Training (VST) are excited to announce that they will be merging from the 1st September 2017.  The Board of Trustees of both charities have agreed that, by coming together, they will be able to offer an enhanced training provision to the voluntary and community sector across Essex, with a more sustainable future.

Together the organisations will merge under Community360, and will immediately take advantage of some new opportunities to benefit groups accessing training.  The opportunities include newly refurbished training facilities in central Essex to support learners, as well as more on-line based learning in partnership with Healthwatch Essex.

Tracy Rudling, CEO said “We are very excited about the VST team becoming part of Community360, which will bring opportunities and strength for both organisations. We are particularly looking forward to building new relationships with charities and other voluntary groups and looking to see how we can improve even further the range of services we deliver that benefits the communities we serve.”

The merger will not impact on planned services, but will seek to enhance additional capacity. VST’s Autumn programme has already been released offering a wide range of courses, from volunteer management to trustee training and finding funding.

Chris Jullings, Chair of the VST Board of Trustees saidVST has a long history of providing high quality affordable training to the sector. The Board of Trustees and staff are delighted this will continue and grow through the merger with Community360, a trusted partner”.

Events & Meetings

Southend Talking Newspaper Fundraiser

Southend Talking Newspaper invites you to a 3 course Italian Dinner at 7 pm on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

The meal is at Il Palazzo, 513 Southchurch Road (choose from 3 starters, 3 main and 3 desert), and tickets are £20.

Please call Catrina on 01702 216616 for details or to book

Southend Talking Newspaper (reg charity 280590) provides a free weekly audio recording of local news, plus a regular audio magazine, to people with impaired vision.


When: Wednesday 13th September 2017 Where: Room 2, Basildon Centre, SS14 1DL   We are pleased to invite you to the next CVS Forum which will feature Brighter Opportunities through Supported Play (BOSP) and their journey of setting up a social enterprise. Trading is a great way to build independence and sustainability in your organisation. Many charities and not for profit organisations are setting up as social enterprises because of the flexibility of being able to trade commercially whilst still fulfilling social aims, diversifying income and becoming less dependent on grants and donations.

BOSP has recently set up a trading arm and they are going to share the highlights of this journey with you.

Come and hear about the practical steps of setting up a social enterprise. Jodie Connelly, Fundraising and Development Officer at BOSP will talk about:

  • Why BOSP wanted to set up a trading arm?
  • Getting advice and things to consider, such as:
    • Does your charity need to set up a trading arm in order to trade?
    • Consultation process with potential stakeholders to demonstrate need
    • If you set up a CIC, do you choose a CIC Ltd by guarantee or by Shares?
    • The CIC forms that need completing
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Organisational Structure
    • Social Impact Measuring
    • Applying for funding as a CIC?
    • Other things to consider such as: Project monitor, cost of registering your company with Companies house; revised staff contracts, service level agreements etc.

Please register at:

Open Garden

Walk This Way

Alzheimer’s Society at the Hub

Carers Support Group


Training for Carers

Trust Links (a Carer Hub Partner) together with REACH Recovery College, are now able to offer training and courses which will be useful for carers.

Attached is a form showing the type of courses they are currently considering and would very much like your thoughts.

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

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

If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone about the courses or would like further information concerning this questionnaire, please contact REACH on 01702 213134 or
send an email directly to them @

Please click here to access the questionnaire

Thank you for your help & support


Community Business Trade Up Programme (Deadline, 11 October 2017)

The Community Business Trade Up programme helps the leaders of community businesses and community-focused social enterprises through offering grants of up to £10,000 together with a fully-funded learning programme (12 days spread over six months) and access to a network of like-minded people running similar organisations. Community businesses run by and for a local community who want to grow by increasing their sales (trading) can apply. To be eligible the organisation must be: Locally rooted; Accountable to the local community; Trading for the benefit of the local community; Making a broad community. Supported businesses will have already started but be at an early-stage and will have plans to grow trading (income from sales) by at least £10,000 in the next year. Visit for more information.

Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People (Deadline 30 November 2017)

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, Fund 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.

Funding to Enable Disadvantaged Young People Reach their Potential (Deadline 15 December, 2017)

Registered charities that work with disadvantaged children under the age of 25 can apply for funding of up to £10,000 through the Ironmongers Company’s grants programme. In particular, the company wants to support projects that provide opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people to fulfil their potential and educational activities that develop learning, motivation and skills. Projects could, for example, support special educational needs; address behavioural problems or promote citizenship; and parenting or life skills. Preference will be given to projects piloting new approaches where the outcomes will be disseminated to a wider audience. Although the grants are available within the UK preference is given to projects in inner London. Visit for more information.

Funding for Christian Charities Promoting Social Inclusion (Deadline 31 January 2018)

The Anchor Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £10,000 per year to Christian Charities that encourage social inclusion through ministries of healing and the arts. Funding can be awarded for up to three years. The Foundation will consider applications for either capital or revenue funding. Only in exceptional circumstances will grants be given for building work. Visit for more information.

Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme (Deadline 31 January, 2018)

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) and a large grants programme (grants in excess of £4,000). Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. Visit for more information.

Music Export Growth Scheme Re-Opens for Applications (Deadline, 4 September 2017)

The Music Export Growth Scheme, which supports small and medium-sized independent record labels and music management companies to introduce UK music overseas has re-opened for applications. Grants of up to £50,000 are available to assist with marketing campaigns. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have annual turnover of €50m or less and no more than 249 employees. Applications must include detailed campaign proposals showing how the grant would be invested in effective marketing and other promotional activity oversees. Visit for more information.

Firebird Fund – Supporting People with Mental Health Issues (Deadline 22 September 2017)

The Firebird Fund is managed by Essex Community Foundation and supports people with mental health issues in Southend and South-East Essex. Organisations need to submit applications by 22nd September using ECF’s general application process via the website: Do call the Grants Team to discuss an approach in the first instance on 01245 356018. The panel also supports, and will give priority, to small requests for (adult) Individuals for respite breaks, training and experiences which they would struggle to access without financial support. A specific form is required so please call us to discuss how an individual may apply, preferably using the help of a relevant support organisation whose clients face mental health problems.

Core funding and free training for health charities – 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards (Deadline 22 September, 2017)

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. To apply or to view winners’ films go to:
Hear from last year’s winners about applying and the benefits of winning an award:


Finance Manager – (Part Time)

A Southend based charity is looking for an experienced Finance Manager to work as part of our team.

The ideal candidate will be qualified to ICMA, FCCA, AAT or similar levels. Also, highly motivated with proven experience of accounts, payroll systems and management accounting and to manage all accounting systems.

Experience of working within the voluntary sector is essential, as is the ability to be flexible in order to meet funders’ reporting requirements and FRSA standards.

Salary: Further information upon request, but subject to qualifications and relevant experience – circa £25,000-£26,000 per annum pro rata.

Hours: 18 hours per week initially.

Annual leave: Commencing at 25 days per annum pro rata.

Closing date: Midday on Friday 18th August 2017

For further information and an application pack, please contact

Trauma Counselling Psychotherapist (Fixed Term)

Salary: £21,000 per annum

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. Occasional out of hours work/evening work will be required.

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract to 31 May 2020.

Location: Southend-on-Sea with some possible work in the South East Essex Area.

Job Summary: You will work as part of a team providing an integrated, effective counselling and psychotherapy service for the clients of South East and Central Essex Mind. You will provide one to one counselling and psychotherapy to individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress. You will contribute to psycho-educational workshops and training on matters related to mental health and counselling, and promote and participate in events promoting the Service across the South East and Central Essex area.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • A BACP/UKCP or equivalent accredited Diploma in Psychotherapy or Counselling.
  • Educated to graduate standard.
  • At least three years’ experience of delivering counselling and/or psychotherapy.
  • Experience of working therapeutically with trauma and clients in crisis.
  • Experience of assessing clients for counselling/psychotherapy.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Proven counselling and psychotherapy skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing Safeguarding concerns, and Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and children in general.
  • Experience of working with diverse groups, including individuals with a range of different cultures, disabilities, sexual orientations and age.

Closing Date: Midday Tuesday 29 August 2017

Interview date: Tuesday 5 September 2017

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

This post is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

Children, Young People’s and Families’ Caseworker – Full Time

Westcliff based SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is looking for an experienced domestic abuse practitioner to work as part of our Fledgling’s Children, Young People and Families’ team.

Working with Children and troubled families, the ideal candidate will need to be highly motivated and committed to making a difference to the lives of children affected by domestic abuse, and to ensure positive outcomes for them and their families through therapeutic programmes and ongoing support and advocacy.

Relevant experience of working with children and parents is essential, as well as knowledge of and working with, other local agencies and services.  Monitoring and evaluation of service delivery is key in line with the funding requirements for the post.

Salary: Further information upon request, but subject to qualifications and relevant experience – circa £22,000.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Annual leave: Commencing at 25 days per annum

Closing date: Friday 18th August 2017

For further information and an application pack, please contact

Children and Young People’s Domestic Violence Advisor

Experienced in the domestic violence sector and working with children and troubled families, the ideal candidate will need to be highly motivated and committed to making a difference to the safety and promotion of healthy relationships to children and young people.

In addition, this new team will work within the community, with schools, youth organisations, and other agencies to deliver a proactive programme focussing on the prevention of abuse and the promotion of healthy relationships, within families and interpersonal relationships, particularly important for teenagers.

Relevant experience of working with children and young people is essential as is a knowledge of the domestic abuse sector. In addition, the ability to engage with young people through a range of media and to advocate the benefits of healthy relationships is key.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who have already achieved an IDVA accreditation, with a willingness to gain a YPVA Diploma.  SOSDAP is committed to  staff training and development and with that in mind, is  also prepared to consider applications from those candidates with the necessary experience of casework with victims of domestic violence who are willing to undertake an IDVA  accreditation (OCN level 3) and then to go onto achieving the expert level YPVA course.

Salary: Further information upon request

Hours: 30 hours per week

Annual leave: Commencing at 25 days per annum (pro rata)

Pension: Stakeholder Pension

Closing date: Midday on Friday 18th August 2017

For further information and an application pack, please contact

Community Coach

Hours of Work: 37.5 hours a week

Salary: Competitive salary

Location: Southend United Football Club

Responsible to: Southend United Community and Educational Trust (SUCET) Participation Officers

Main Purpose: To lead in the development and delivery of the highest quality participation programmes to people living in South East Essex

Specific purpose:
Effectively supervise, mentor and direct support staff, volunteers and apprentices

Lead a team of coaches and to deliver the highest quality PE and School Sport within the designated fan base area

Be the lead coach for extra curricular activities including after school clubs

Develop and deliver in house training to community coaches to ensure and maintain the highest quality of delivery

Develop, implement and manage activities on Southend United Soccer Schools and match days

Be responsible for capturing, monitoring and evaluation for identified projects

Support the marketing of all participation programmes

Liaise with participation officer for projects to ensure a coordinated approach to school engagement

Contribute to developing and maintaining effective and positive working relationships with key stakeholders

Carry out duties in accordance with the employing agency equal opportunities policy, information security policies, financial regulations and the Health and Safety at work Act

Special conditions:
Keep records of financial spend and maintain records, statistics and information, both quantitative and qualitative, for monitoring purposes and contribute to the on-going development of the organisation

The post holder will be required to work some evening and weekends as the requirements of the job demands

Undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time commensurate with the grade of the post

Further information:
Southend United Community and Educational Trust is a Best Practice Employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It expects all staff and employees to share this commitment. Staff should understand the Trust’s safeguarding policy, procedures and best practice guidelines and use this understanding to ensure safe working practices, appropriate reporting of concerns and contribute positively to an environment that is free of bullying and harassment. Employment will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and two written references.

Southend United Community and Educational Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer.

To apply for the post, please complete a SUCET application form and send with an attached C.V to Joe Skeels, Southend United Community & Educational Trust, Roots Hall, Victoria Ave, Southend on Sea, SS2 6NQ.

For further information please contact SUCET on 01702 341351

Application closing date: Tuesday 29th August 2017 12pm

Interview date: Week commencing 4th September 2017

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