SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 1st September 2017

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Highlight of the Week

A Better Start, Children and Young People Thematic

On Thursday 14th September from 10am-12noon here at SAVS we will be holding our Children and Young People’s Thematic, the subject will be A Better Start Southend. A Better Start Southend is research project funded by the Big Lottery, it has been running in Southend for 2.5 years now and has recently been through some changes.

Come along to hear about the work that A Better Start Southend is doing to improve the lives of 0-4yr olds. You will hear from A Better Start staff and SAVS staff who are working on the parent engagement work, this will also be your opportunity to see how you can get involved.

To come to this event book your place on the following link



Friends and Places are looking for a Minibus to hire or purchase if you have one and can help please contact Denise by emailing

Could you be a Peer Supporter?

We are calling out for people who can work 1:1 with people experiencing mental health difficulties. The service enables those people who have lived experience of mental health services to become positive role models for those who are currently stuck but want to move forward to improve their quality of life.

In the last few months, we have experienced a spike in the number of people applying to receive a Peer Support and need more help to meet demand. This is a great opportunity to gain experience and also to put on your CV.

You will be working 1:1 with people who need your empathic support and this could be for up to 6 months. The hours are to suit, all we hope is that the role is embraced and taken on with compassion in mind.

Please visit our website ( for more details. If you are interested please email

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review

Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize

Applications are now open for the Winifred Tumim Memorial Prize for best practice in charity governance.

To apply complete this online application form by Friday 8 September.

1st prize – £1,000 for your organisation.
2nd prize – a free place at the NCVO Annual Conference 2018 or on one of NCVO’s governance training days.
3rd prize – a copy of NCVO’s Good Trustee Guide, its companion publication Good Governance: A practical guide for trustees, chairs and CEOs, a copy of the Charity Handbook and a copy of the Charity Checklists.

Entry requirements
Entrants must:
•        be able to demonstrate, through the application process, how they have improved the effectiveness of their governance and delivered greater public benefit as a charity in line with the new Good Governance Code
•        be a charity based in England (even if your organisation operates across the UK, your headquarters must be based in England)
•        cover work carried out since April 2016.

Complete the online application form

All shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend the NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference on Tuesday 14 November for free, where the winners will be announced at the evening drinks reception.

If you have any queries call 020 7520 3153 to speak to someone in the events team.

Events & Meetings

Right under your nose…SAVS Third Sector Assembly

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 9:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Our Third Sector Assembly titled ‘Right under your nose’ will focus on Human Trafficking, Modern day Slavery and Honour Based Violence, we will have a range of speakers with expertise on the various subjects, the draft agenda for the day is below.

Third Sector Assembly Right under your nose…
Wednesday 11th October 2017
SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1BW
9.45am – 2pm

9.45 Registration and Refreshments
10.00 Welcome, Introductions & Housekeeping
10.05 Anti Slavery, Cristina Gavrilovic, Kent and Essex Police
10.45 Break
10.55 Human Trafficking, SOS Rape Crisis
11.15 Honour Based Violence, Alexis Wright, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects
11.35 Break
11.45 Anti Slavery, Dan Pratt, The Baptist Union of Great Britain
12.05 Gaps…What, how and who?
13.00 Lunch

Attend Event by clicking here

NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group Annual General Meeting 2017

Please join is for this year’s Annual General Meeting.

Date: Thursday 7 September 2017
Time: 12.00 noon – 12.30pm
Venue: Harcourt House, 5-15 Harcourt Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6HT

40th Anniversary of Southend Unitarian Meeting House

On Sunday 3rd September, 3pm, there will be a special anniversary celebration to mark 40 years since Southend Unitarians moved into their ‘new’ meeting house in Grange Gardens.

As well as monthly services open to people of “any faith and none”, the meeting house has been a home to the Turning Tides Teens youth group for many years and it is now in the process of becoming the Middleways Community Centre.

You’ll find us here!


Safety for Lone Workers

This course on the 11th October will leave you feeling much more confident and able to control and manage risks effectively. As well as learning useful solutions to stay safe, you will also receive a FREE booklet on Lone Working.

Working alone carries specific personal safety risks. Health and Safety law requires employers to assess these risks and to take steps to avoid or control risks where necessary. Employees too have a responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and others affected by their work. This course will help you understand the risks and consider steps to reduce and control them. read more and book>

DoLS Training


Comic Relief: Core Strength – Local Communities through ECF (deadline 31 October 2017)

The Core Strength – Local Communities initiative offers grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to voluntary and community groups with an annual income of up to £100,000 to help with the cost of running their organisation. Priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage. This includes items such as rent and staff training. To make an application, click here or call 01245 356018 to speak with a member of the ECF grants team.

MSE Funding to Improve Information and Education about Debt

The MSE Charity is a grant-making charity, launched in May 2008 by founder of the acclaimed Money Saving Expert website, Martin Lewis OBE. It is dedicated to improving information and education about debt, money and consumer issues in the UK. Companies spend billions on advertising, marketing and teaching their staff to sell – yet we get no buyers’ training. The UK is in debt crisis, a whole generation is in debt up to its ears. Two funds will soon open (Life Changing Transitions and Building and Developing Resilience). Visit for more information.

Funding for Projects that use Rugby to Tackle Social Challenges (Deadline 2 October 2017)

Charities, not-for-profit organisations and rugby clubs across England that use Rugby to tackle a number of social challenges will be able to apply for grants of up to £100,000 for projects lasting 2 – 3 years. The funding is being provided by England Rugby and distributed by Comic Relief through the Try for Change Fund large grants programme. This follows the launch last year of the Try for Change Fund small grants programme. Priority will be given to projects which target the most vulnerable and marginalised groups. Successful projects will need to work towards at least one of the following outcomes: Increase community cohesion/ social integration; Improve educational attainment; Increase employability; Reduce involvement in gangs and reduce the risk of re-offending; Improve mental and physical health. Visit for more information.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Futures Fund (Deadline 4 December 2017)

Organisations, individuals and charities can now apply for the next round of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Sustainable Future Fund. The overall focus is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based model. Funded projects will focus on: Better economics that reflect the true costs and risks of resource depletion, climate change and other environmental problems; Campaigns, initiatives and work that promote alternatives to consumerism; Campaigns and movements that give a voice to young activists and marginalised groups on issues of economic and environmental justice. Grants are available from a few hundred pounds to £100,000+ and may be single payments or spread over up to three years. Visit for more information.

UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme (deadline 7 January 2017)

The Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK can apply for grants of up to £5,000 address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. To be eligible for funding, the theatre must be run by a charity or not-for-profit group that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities. Please note that applications for technical equipment and refurbishment of soft furnishings are a low priority for the scheme. Visit for more information.

Funding to Raise Standards in the Private Sector Rented Housing Market (Deadline 5pm, 4 October 2017)

The 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. Charitable organisations including housing associations and community interest companies (CIC’s) can apply to one of three funding streams. 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.

New Fund Launched to Engage Disadvantaged Young People in Science (Deadline 22 September 2017)

BBC Children in Need in partnership with the Welcome Trust have launched a new £2.5 million Curiosity Fund to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. BBC Children in Need and the Welcome Trust are inviting applications for grants of up to £10,000 to fund projects that engage children and young people in science based activities. The Fund is not about formal education. Projects should encourage young people to be curious about the world around them and inside them, making a positive difference in their lives: building confidence and self-esteem, developing life skills and expanding horizons. The Fund is open to applications from not-for-profit organisations with a track record of working with disadvantaged children and young people up to 18 years old and living in the UK. School and want to apply should do so in partnership with a local community based organisation. Visit for more information.

Aviva Community Fund to Re-open for Applications (Re-opens 12 September 2017)

Community organisations will be able to apply for funding of between £1,000 and £25,000 to support their projects within one of the following four categories: Health and Wellbeing; Skills for Life; Community support; Inclusivity. Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. Voting will start on the 23rd October 2017 and applicants will need to have submitted their project by the 10th October 2017. Visit for more information.

Transforming British Tennis Together Programme Opens for Applications (Deadline 31 October 2017)

The Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) programme offers local partners of two or more venues the chance to work alongside the Association to transform tennis facilities in local communities to get more people playing the game. The funding deadlines apply to the main Transforming British Tennis Together fund where the LTA expects to be making larger investments. For this programme there are no grant limits, however the LTA will only provide up to 50% of the total cost of the project half of which will be as a low interest loan. Full guidelines are available on the website and all applicants are advised to speak to their LTA regional team before making an application. Note that projects seeking to apply for the smaller Growing the Game fund can submit applications at any time. Visit for more information.

Gannett Foundation Grants (Deadline 9 October 2017)

The Gannett Foundation, which is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc., owner of the Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s largest newspaper publishers, is inviting applications to supports projects that benefit the local community. Applications are welcome for specific items of equipment, anything from a box of toys for disadvantaged children, to sophisticated medical equipment for cancer research. Applications must be by registered charities. The grants available can be up to £10,000. Please note that grants are not available for salaries, professional fees or day-to-day running or maintenance costs, general appeals, political or religious objectives, state or privately run schools (other than special needs), hospitals (other than hospices) or projects that do not bring benefits to the local community. Groups that have received an award from the Foundation within the last two years cannot apply this year. Applications need to be submitted via the local Newsquest Media Group papers. For more information visit

Ford Britain Trust (Deadline 30 October 2017 (small) / 31 January 2018 (large))

The Ford Britain Trust has announced that its Large and Small Grants programme will re-open for applications on the 1st September 2017. The Trust mainly funds projects focusing on education, environment, children, the disabled and youth activities. Grant applications are considered from registered charities; schools/PTAs (non-fee paying, state sector schools only); and non-profit organisations (including small clubs and societies). Grants of up to £250 will be available through the Small Grants Programme and grants of up to £3,000 will be available through the Large Grants Programme. Visit for more information.

Contract Opportunities

Direct Payment Support Service Market Engagement Event Invitation

SBC is considering options for the future commissioning of direct payment support for adults and families to enable them to plan and arrange their own support. As part of a wider engagement and consultation, we are inviting stakeholders to a market engagement event to shape and inform the service model and service specification for the provision of this service. This will be on Friday 29th September 2017, 2:00pm – 4:30pm at Civic Centre, Committee Room 4a. Space will be limited with allocation to 2 people per organisation; bookings can be made up until 21st September 2017 by contacting: using Email Subject: DPSS Market Engagement Event 29.09.17.

Technology enabled Care (Deadline 31 August 2017)

SBC wishes to explore the potential of Technology Enabled Care (TEC) to address the above and its ability to deliver the following outcomes; More people taking personal responsibility for their own health and well-being, measured by; reduced visits to GP where the underlying cause is not medical but loneliness and social isolation related; self-management of long term conditions at home where intervention by heath professional is triggered by exception through alerts- again reduces GP visit and A&E admissions- specific; emphasis here on respiratory conditions and addressing deliver the community Respiratory QIPP; reduced A&E admissions underlying long term conditions and falls; reduced average length of stay in a residential care home as a result of later entry through extended independent living; To view the opportunity please register on pro contract . Any clarifications and submissions must be made via the portal.

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