SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 25th August 2017

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Highlight of the Week

Check Out our Training in September

Evidencing Impact 7 September
Do you struggle when having to answer the question “what’s the impact of your work?” posed by funders and supporters of your work? This session will help you to develop both the qualitative and quantitative evidence you need to express the impact of your work.

Crowdfunding 12 September
Crowdfunding is an innovative alternative funding tool that enables you to reach out and engage a wide range of people – and if they back your project they become your supporters. This course will give an overview of what crowdfunding is, the different platforms available, what inspires donors, lenders or investors, how to craft a pitch, marketing your campaign and to think through how it might work for you.

Fire Training 13 September
The course will cover regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005, action in the event of a fire, fire behaviour, extinguishers and use, fire risk assessment advice and fire marshal duties, responsibilities and evacuation procedures.

Evidencing the Need 25 September
Do you struggle when having to answer the question “how do you know there is a need for your project?” posed by many funders?  Would you like to know where to find many hidden statistical gems?  This session will help you to develop both the qualitative and quantitative evidence you need to make your funding bids more successful.

Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers 26 September 
Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers provides a comprehensive overview of where to start when thinking about involving volunteers; what policies and procedures should be in place before involving volunteers; volunteers and the law; how to promote your volunteer role on  to achieve the best results and much more. It will also give you a wealth of information about how to ensure your volunteers find their role fulfilling and stay loyal; understanding  their motivations for volunteering; induction and training; support and supervision; how to deal with unsuitable volunteers and much more.

To book and find out more about all our training click here.


Furniture free to a good home

SAVS currently has a variety of furniture items going spare, and they need to be collected. If interested please email – first come basis.

Transpire’s AGM

On Saturday 19th August it was Transpires first AGM

The annual report that supports the AGM can be found by clicking here. We have some great working relationships with some organisations, and its clear that all benefit because of it. For me the coming year will probably see more focus on those who simply don’t engage with us, and in times of austerity, this makes no sense whatsoever.

We’re happy to get any feedback, and if you are part of an organisation that wants to know more about Transpire, or perhaps feels it should do more for the 379 members of Transpire, feel free to contact us.

If you do wish to work with us, then please put in your diary-

National Hate crime awareness week 14th -20th October 2017

Transgender Day of remembrance 20th November 2017

Volunteers wanted to take the library home!

Southend Libraries are looking for volunteers to help deliver the Home Library Service to those who can’t reach the library themselves.

Can you, or do you know someone who can, help out one morning or afternoon each month to take out books and DVDs to people in their own homes?

For many this is a lifeline service, and they look forward to seeing a friendly face. We particularly need drivers with their own cars, but other helpers are also welcome.

Training and support is provided and we’d like you to join our happy team of volunteers.

Please contact or phone 01702 534887

The Herbert Protocol

A national scheme to help reduce the time taken to gather vital information when a person with dementia goes missing – has been adopted by Essex Police. Please find the press release on Essex Police website:

The Herbert Protocol form and flyer can be downloaded here:

Please feel free to share/retweet Essex Police social media posts:

SECE Mind Summer newsletter

SECE Mind Summer newsletter is still available to read – by clicking here. Print versions can be delivered to your place of work. To arrange this, please ring Kristina Stazaker on 01702 601123.

SECE Mind are calling for volunteers!

Here at SECE Mind we have a vital phone, email and drop-in service called IES which would not be possible to deliver without our team of IES volunteers. And we’re recruiting!

If you join our team, you will get the opportunities to:

  • Gain experience of working in a professional mental health environment
  • Receive free CPD including Mental Health Training (levels 1 and 2), Dynamic Risk Assessment and Professional Boundaries Training
  • Have your expenses paid for and free tea and coffee.
  • Train under a BACP registered member organisation.

If you’d be interested in finding out more about joining our team, please contact us on

“SECE Mind is such a well-known local charity that I became excited when I read about the IES voluntary roles on the website. I have been volunteering for just over eight months now and have really enjoyed my time at Mind. I have grown in confidence both professionally and in my personal life. I have been able to help people from many different walks of life, and felt like I have been making a difference to people’s lives. Sometimes the content is challenging, but everyone is aware of this so they are very supportive and always around if I need to talk to someone. I am more aware of what mental health services are available in the area and have even been able to direct my friends and family to organisations that could help them.”
– Jessica, SECE Mind volunteer

Activities and Fundraising Committee

An invitation to join SECE Mind’s new Activities and Fundraising Committee
SECE Mind fundraisers have commented how they would like to meet more like-minded people and do group activities to support Mind. When there is a group of people working together not only does it make it much more fun but it also reduces the amount of time each member commits. In response to this, SECE Mind staff have put their  heads together and want to start a SECE Mind Activities and Fundraising Committee. The committee will have different voluntary roles within it and people who are in the committee will volunteer as part of the team here at Mind. We hope once it is established the committee will be a means of also improving co-production, sourcing views and opinions and engagement which can help SECE Mind in designing future services as well as raising awareness and generating vital funds.

The idea is in its very early stages but would like to propose a meet-up to introduce each other, exchange thoughts and opinions and hopefully come up with a framework to move forward with. We would like to invite you to SECE Mind’s office at the Jubilee Centre in Southchurch Road at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29th August for tea, coffee and biscuits.

Please email to confirm attendance.

Events & Meetings

SOSDAP Domestic Abuse Drop-In

For anyone worried about a partner, former partner, friend or family member.

The Shoebury HUB Domestic Abuse drop-in is for anyone who is worried about a partner or former partner, or about a friend or family member.  The drop-in offers a safe and discreet space to talk through your concerns, a chance to find out about options available, as well as how we can support you.

The drop-in is available every Wednesday between 11am – 2pm at Shoebury HUB, 151 West Road, Shoeburyness, SS3 9EF.

For appointments outside these hours, or for more information, please contact us on 01702 302333.

Alex Mendam and his Orchestra – Rotary Concert

All net proceeds will go to Rotary’s  Eradication of Polio Appeal.  The Mayor, Cllr Faye Evans is attending along with many Rotary national officers.  The style is “dress to impress” but not compulsory.

Some tickets left for the stalls at £22 each, box office price £23.50.

Southend Tinnitus Support Group

The next meeting of the Southend Tinnitus Support Group will be on Thursday 14 September from 2pm to 4pm in Room 7, Southend Adult Community College, Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2UP. There will be a hearing loop available in the room.

The support group has be be self funding, so we ask people who attend for a £2 donation per person per session so that we have enough funds to pay for the room hire and speakers expenses. Southend Adult Community College are able to provide tea and coffee at a cost of £1 for coffee and 75p for tea per cup, which is delivered to our meeting room. We do try to get a varied selection of speakers who are willing to share their experiences with Tinnitus. At our next meeting on 14 September Alison Dromgoole is giving a talk.

These are bi-monthly meetings run by a service user.

For more information, or to let us know that you are coming, email

Foulness Island Bike Ride

We are delighted that once again we are able to offer the opportunity on Sunday 10th September 2017 to cycle on this lovely local island that cannot normally be entered without a special pass.

New for 2017, we return to Cupids Country Club, Cupids Chase, Great Wakering SS3 0AX for the start. The ride will now take place entirely on private roads making it what is probably the safest and friendliest bike ride in existence.

Following on from the fundraising success in 2016, we continue with the entrants choosing the charity they wish to support. When you complete your application you will be asked to select a charity from a drop down box. Although there are over 700 charities listed, if your favourite charity is not shown, please email with the full name and charity number of the charity that you wish to support and we will get it added.

Enjoy refreshments at Cupids Country Club where the ride starts and we hope that you will visit the Heritage Centre in the former Foulness Church of England Primary School built in 1846.  Developed and run by the local residents it contains many fascinating exhibits showing the history of life in this timeless corner of Essex.

Refreshments will also be available at the Heritage Centre and at Churchend Post Office Store.

Great British Beach Clean

Our beach clean is coming up with less than a month to go until 16th September 2017.  The beach clean has been organised as part of the Great British Beach Clean with the Marine Conservation Society. We will be meeting at Thorpe Bay beach, opposite the tennis courts from 11.30am. It is a great way for everybody to do their part for the environment and we hope you can all make it.

Please be aware that anybody under the age of 18 will need to have the permission of and be accompanied by an adult.

A Better Start Southend 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

Project49 Health Walks

Project 49 is an award winning day service within Southend for adults with learning disabilities. It sets out to create meaningful opportunities through innovation for the people who attend. This includes working on many activities that help develop community participation and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Some of the folk who attend Project 49 have been trained as health walk leaders and they now have set up regular health walks on Friday mornings that are open to all.

When and where: every Friday morning at 10.30am from outside the Cliffs Pavilion.
The walk takes in Southend’s beautiful cliff top and seafront and lasts for approximately 45minutes.

For more information contact Project 49 on 01702 212434 or look on their Facebook page, by searching for Project 49 Southend.


Last call for Basic Mental Health training on Friday 25th August

This one day workshop offers a valuable introduction to mental health issues for providers in schools and businesses. We prepare employees on how to talk about and approach those experiencing stress, anxiety and depression. Training to take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Friday August 25th. Cost is £60 per delegate and certification will be given on attendance. You can book via Eventbrite

Brand-new Trauma training available. Book early to avoid disappointment!

SECE Mind are proud to announce its brand new Trauma course.

The first day is a ‘Introduction to Psychological Trauma’. This one day workshop offers a valuable introduction to psychological trauma for frontline staff such as support workers, social workers, SEN’s, CPN’s, and care coordinators. Our professional staff will be able to provide an introductory exploration into psychological trauma and give you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills.

Once this course has been completed, delegates can attend the second day – ‘Psychological Trauma training for Counsellors’ – which has been designed for Counsellors and CPN’s in this region of Essex. This course gives further understanding into trauma, its causes and impacts of traumatic experience and the physiological and psychological basis of trauma (the neurobiology of trauma)

Further course details, dates and booking information can be found in our training calendar here


August Funding Bulletin

The August Funding Bulletin can be found in the following link

Education Endowment Foundation Launches New Funding Round (Deadline 5pm, 11 December 2017)

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), which seeks to improve the educational attainment of disadvantaged pupils (aged 3 – 18), has launched a new funding round. This round of funding is particularly interested in proposals that: improve teaching within Maths at Key Stage 2/3; projects that aim to develop a set of attitudes, skills and behaviours that are thought to underpin success in school and work; targeted interventions for students diagnosed with or at risk of emotional or behavioural disorders, or for well-evidenced whole-class or whole-school approaches to improving behaviour. Programmes must be scalable and able to be replicated in schools/settings across England. The Foundation does not fund projects in one or very small numbers of schools/settings. Their smallest projects have been in 3-4 schools, but are typically in more than 50, and often over 80, institutions. To be eligible the applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation, such as a school, charity, social enterprise, local authority or university; etc. The Foundation does not have a set minimum or maximum size of grant. Visit for more information.

The Finnis Scott Foundation (Deadline, 22 September 2017)

The Finnis Scott Foundation grants are available of between £500 and £10,000 to UK charities and individuals in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history. Funding can be used for both capital and revenue projects. In the last five years, over one million pounds has been awarded in grants to a great variety of projects. Preference is given to making grants to smaller charities where the grant would have a significant impact. For grants made to individuals, the Trustees usually require a grant to be made through a sponsoring university or registered charity. Visit for more information.

Genetic Disorders UK: Jeans for Genes 2018 Grants (Re-opens 1 September 2017)

Funds raised on Jeans for Genes Days provide grants to disorder-specific charities and patient groups to fund projects and services for children affected by genetic disorders. Members of Genetic Disorders UK’s partnership network can apply for grants of between £500 and £25,000 to cover day-to-day support, equipment, nursing, patient support services and events which bring together affected children and their families. Apply online when the 2018 programme opens. Visit for more information.

The Wingate Foundation: Final Deadline for 2017 (Deadline 5pm, 20 September)

The Foundation supports projects, institutions and activities in three areas: Jewish Life and Learning, Performing Arts and Music. Applications are invited from smaller charitable organisations only; the Trustees will not consider approaches from large charities who are well represented on the High Street or their local branch offices. Previous projects supported include: £5,000 per year for 3 years to Little Angel Theatre as support for Little Angel Studios, a new building dedicated to education, community and outreach work: £3,250 to The Voices Foundation for 1-Year Foundation Programme in a cluster of five schools in Essex to ensure that every child irrespective of ability, means or background has access to high quality music education through singing and the use of equipment: £6,000 a year for three years to Anne Frank Trust UK to fund educational work in three schools. Visit for more information.

Postcode Community Trust (Deadline 28 August 2017)

Postcode Community Trust has re-opened for applications. Grants of £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) are available 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. Please note that only registered charities can apply for grants above £2,000. Visit for more information.

Funding for Projects that Help the Elderly (Opens on 1 September 2017)

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust which awards grants of £5,000 are available to registered charities for projects that relate to the Elderly. Priority given to projects working with the Elderly 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. To be eligible to apply, the charity must have a minimum operating income of £500,000 per year. For information on how to apply and on future funding rounds this year, please click

Smart Energy GB in Communities – Small Grant Scheme Now Open (Deadline midday 13 September 2017)

The second and final round of the Smart Energy GB Small grant scheme is now open for applications. Regionally or locally based charities and other not-for-profit organisations that can reach and deliver support to people over the age of 65 who have no personal internet access can apply. Applicant organisations should be able to directly engage with people at a localised level to provide education, reassurance and direct support to help them address barriers around confidence in new smart meter technology. Awards of £500 up to £5,000 are available for projects that could involve a range of activities including: visible events within communities; training frontline workers from other organisations; or adding value by extending existing events or services. Full guidance notes and application forms are available on the website. For more information

Tesco New Bags For Life Scheme Continues to Fund ‘Bags of Help’

Following a 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, Tesco is to stop selling single use carrier bags from 28 August and will replace them with a new 10p ‘Bag for Life’. Community groups, will still benefit from the funding generated by sales of the new bag through the Bags of Help grant funding stream managed by Groundwork UK and Greenspace Scotland. Grants of up to £4,000 are available to Charities and community groups applying for support for local projects that improve the environment. Voluntary or community organisations (including registered charities/companies), schools, health bodies (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), NHS Hospital Trust, Foundation Trust), Parish/Town Councils, local authorities and social housing providers can apply at any time. Visit for more information.

First World War: Then and Now – Community Groups and Schools Can Apply at Any Time

Grants from £3,000 to £10,000 are available for community projects that explore, conserve and share the heritage of the First World War. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) want to fund projects that enable communities (geographic, cultural or those linked by experience or interest) to understand more about the heritage of the First World War and that make a difference for a wide range of people. In particular, HLF would like to help young people aged 11-25 to take an active part in the Centenary commemorations. The programme has a short application form and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants. Visit for more information.

Sport England Announces New Funding Round to Tackle Inactivity (Deadline 30 October 2017)

Sport England will launch the second phase of its £3 million fund to tackle inactivity and economic disadvantage on the 29th August 2017. Grants will be made to projects that use sport and physical activity to support positive social change for communities and individuals in lower socio-economic groups. Three levels of funding will be available. £2 million will be available (Level 1) to provide grants of between £25,000 and £500,000 to support activities which benefit those who have little take-home pay, some qualifications and are in employment. Beneficiaries will typically live very ordered lives but find it hard to build physical activity into their lives, or they feel being active is just not for them. £1 million (Level 2) will be available to provide grants of between £25,000 and £100,000 to support activities which benefit those who are far less likely to have a steady income, or any income at all, and who live less ordered lives with additional challenges. £150,000 (Level 3) will be available from across the two other pots, to provide small grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support smaller scale activities which benefit both types of beneficiaries. Expressions of interest will be accepted from a wide range of organisations including non-sports organisations that have not worked previously with Sport England. Further information, including the online prospectus and dates of the mid-September to mid-October workshops for applicants, will be available from the 29th August 2017. Visit for more information.

The Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund Opens for Applications (Deadline 5pm 6 September 2017)

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, funds projects that can demonstrate the inspiring and engaging potential of their collection to deliver social impact for people and communities. Museums, galleries and heritage organisations from across the UK can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for projects that engage local communities and/or those who aren’t typical museum attendees; improve the understanding of an existing collection or collections; and are developmental for the organisation or sector; etc. Projects can last up to three years. There is a two-stage process with shortlisted stage one applicants invited to make a full application. Visit for more information.


Fundraising Assistant (Fixed-Term for 12 months)

Salary: £18,000 p.a. FTE (actual salary £14,400 p.a.)
Hours: 4 days per week to be worked 09:00 – 17:00, Tuesday to Friday with occasional evening and weekend work for which you will be granted compensatory time off in lieu.
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Location: Southend-on-Sea
Job Summary: A new role with great potential to grow. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone wanting to learn the basics or extend their knowledge of fundraising. The Job Holder will be required to maintain and expand the current supporter base by improving the supporter care stewardship plans, developing community fundraising engagement and building relationships with key stakeholders.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:
– Educated to ‘A’ level standard or equivalent.
– Previous experience working in a fast-paced, target-driven environment
– Previous experience of using databases
– Experience of donor/customer care and stewardship
– Previous event management and/or community fundraising experience would be desirable.

Skills and Knowledge:
– Good administrative and organisational skills
– Ability to plan and organise effectively, independently prioritising own workload.
– Enthusiastic and willing to ‘go the extra mile’ for the donor.
– Ability to work independently but also supporting a team.
– Good IT skills including all Microsoft packages.

Closing Date: Midday Thursday 7 September 2017

A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required. Must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car for business use or a means of effectively and efficiently travelling around the area to carry out the duties of the role.

South East and Central Essex Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer.

For more information please contact HR: Tel: 01702 601123 or email

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