SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 2nd June 2017

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SBC In Year Grants – Deadline 22 June 2017 – Funding for New Groups & Emergency Matters for Existing Groups

In-Year Grants were established in 2003/2004 to assist with pump-priming of new groups and emergency matters arising for existing groups. In 2007/2008 this programme was extended to include special events that contribute to community well-being and promote community cohesion and social inclusion within the borough.
In 2017/2018 the total budget for the In-Year programme is £25,000 and applications of up to a maximum of £2,000 will be considered. If all available funds are spent in the initial round of the programme then there will be no further rounds – so plan ahead and apply early! To download an application pack visit If you need any support or advice with your application do get in touch with Gemma Cartwright, SAVS Funding & Development Officer using


June Newsletter from Transpire

June Newsletter from Transpire available here. If you can’t find time to read the newsletter could you take just a minute to vote for us online for the national diversity awards please. We’ve had 190 votes so far, closing date in the 9th June. All votes count!!


More information here

Trust Links Successfully Launch Carers Drop In Café

Following the successful launch of the Trust Links drop in café for carers it will run every other Thursday between 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm, at Garons Cricket Pavilion, Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, Southend.  The café will be open next on Thursday 1st June and then fortnightly from then on.  The drop in café is for full or part time unpaid carers in the Southend Borough who care for a friend or family member with a disability, illness or mental health problem.

Events and Meetings

Treasure Hunt

Friday 2 June 11am – 3pm

Haven Hospices are inviting family and friends to Find Captain Jack and his crew on the ground floor of the Victoria Shopping Centre.  Raffle, goody bags and fun prizes to be won.  Entry £2 per person.

For more information email or call 01702 220305.

Chalkwell Ward Residents Association Meeting

14 June 8pm

Concerned about local flooding?
Then come along to the next meeting of Chalkwell Ward Residents association, where this month’s speakers, Jeremy Martin and Milaila Bentz from Southend Council, will be explaining their current project to create sustainable drainage for the town.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 14th June at Alleyn Court Pre-Preparatory School, 3 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 8NE, starting at 8pm.

The talk will be followed by the business part of the meeting in which members are updated on developments within the ward, and normally have the chance to raise matters of local concern with one of or more of our ward councillors.

Entry is free to members. Non-members £1.00 per person.

Further information about Chalkwell Ward Residents Association is available at

Southend Raft Race

25 June

Thorpe Bay Rotary Club are organising the event, which is all about bringing some challenge, laughter & fun to our community.

It will be a fantastic opportunity to have fun designing, building & crewing a raft; further enhanced by the chance of winning prizes and gaining positive publicity.   An additional bonus for the participant will be the opportunity to raise money for their own favourite charity.

The race will be along the beach at Thorpe Bay; with charity/commercial stalls and catering outlets on the green opposite.  We anticipate between 2,000 – 3,000 spectators for what promises to be a great community event

Disability Conference

Thursday 22nd June 2017  10:00am – 4:00pm
Civic Centre, 1st Floor Foyer,  Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea SS2 6FY

Mobility scooter driving training available
For more information please contact the Community Development Team on 01702 212699

The Great Get Together

17-18 June
The event is being organised by the family and friends of Jo Cox and coincides with the anniversary of Jo’s death.
The Great Get Together hopes to be a national moment of unity with people and communities coming together to share food in barbecues, bake offs, street parties and more. It’s completely non-partisan and open to all.

The Great Get Together already has the support of a growing coalition of organisations including The Big Lunch, The Women’s Institute, Girlguiding, The Scouts, The Premier League, The Royal British Legion, The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Chief Rabbi and other faith representatives.

There are four key ways your organisation can get involved and I very much hope you will:

  • Add your name to the list of supporters and save the 17-18 June in your organisational calendars
  • Let your members or supporters know about the Get Together
  • Share tomorrow’s launch on social media
  • Join the Get Together team

You’ll find all the details of how to do these and much more here

Launch of Homeless Link Social Investment Fund

Monday, 19 June 2017, 2-5pm, London
This event will launch Homeless Link’s £4.5m Social Investment Fund. Using repayable finance to improve outcomes for homelessness services. Homeless Link has £4.5m to invest over the next 3 years for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness. The programme is the first of its kind exclusively for the homelessness sector and one of very few sector-specific funds in existence. The aim of the fund is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is looking to support organisations to:

  • increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investment
  • develop new models for income generation and funding
  • improve their long-term sustainability

This fund will focus on the potential that smaller unsecured loans can have on creating change. The loans will be between £25,000 and £150,000. To find out more about the fund and to attend the event visit

Living at Home and Health and Wellbeing

27 June 10.30am – 3.00pm
Saxon Hall

Children & Young People End of Life Pathways across Essex – Market Engagement Event

21-22 June

With advances in medicine and technology children and young people with life threatening or life limiting conditions are living longer into adulthood and in response services struggling to keep pace. In response pan Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups (Mid Essex CCG, West Essex CCG, North East Essex CCG, Basildon & Brentwood CCG, Castle Point & Rochford CCG, Thurrock CCG and Southend CCG) wish to ensure that there is an equitable and high quality palliative care pathway in place to support these children and their families. To help us understand what this looks like we will be holding two workshops. The purpose of this engagement is to gain knowledge and experience from our stakeholders so that we can begin to design a children and young people’s palliative care pathway which meets the needs of children, young people, their families and carers. Additional workshops will be undertaken with children, young people and their families. The workshops will cover; Purpose of the workshop

What we know and what have we done; Building a pan Essex children and young people’s palliative care pathway – what does ‘as good as possible’ look like? Next steps. To attend (21 June / 22 June) please register your interest before 9 June at 5pm by sending an email to stating which workshop you would like to attend. For more information visit


1 July

Walk The Colourthon 2017 and raise money for the charity of your choice! Register Today
‘Colour creates, enhances, reveals and establishes.’

Change the lives of others and help them to establish a better future to reveal and enhance their own colours to shine even brighter! 192 charities benefited from 2016’s Colourthon event and raised £134,000 or those charities and causes. Join us on Saturday, 1 July 2017 for a half-marathon walk (13.1 miles) around Southend-on-Sea by night …. with a difference!

Active Ageing Event

21 October

Southend Older People’s Assembly (OPA) is again hosting its annual Active Ageing Community Information Day and we would like to invite your organisation to participate as an exhibitor. As with previous years the event will be held within the Southend Victoria Shopping Centre from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm and will bring together voluntary organisations, service providers, local traders and others to provide residents with information and advice about services and activities they or their family and friends can access to support and improve wellbeing and reduce isolation as well as celebrating the huge contribution over 55’s make to society. The central mall will again be utilised for entertainment featuring a variety of local ‘Active’ groups and invited guests plus we hope to use the concourse outside the main Victoria Centre entrance for an interactive display.

Those of you who have previously participated will know that the OPA is a community group representing the voice of older people in Southend and our aim for this event is to provide an informative and enjoyable day that is open and free to all and we know that your service/organisation/group is of interest and valuable to older people. Residents and visitors would benefit from hearing/seeing more about you and so we do hope that you will want to join us.

To confirm your attendance please use the booking form which should be returned by 31st July at the latest. Places will be allocated by date of receipt so early booking is recommended.


Upcoming training sessions at SAVS:

Crowdfunding – 12 June

Presented by Gemma Cartwright, Funding Development Officer at SAVS
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.

Evidencing the Need for Your Work – 19 June

Presented by Gemma Cartwright – Funding Development Officer at SAVS
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.

AGMs – 20 June

Presented by Gemma Cartwright, Funding & Development Officer; Daniel Turpin, Information & Membership Officer; David Robb, Finance Manager & Debbie Williams, Finance Officer
This session will cover how to prepare and run an AGM, tips on how to get together an agenda, what processes need to be carried out and how to make your AGM engaging by sharing the successes of your work over the last year. We will also touch on annual reports and what financial information needs to be collated and shared. We will explore how to prepare a balance sheet, and there will be a chance to have a one to one session with any of the staff presenting.

All sessions priced as follows:
Voluntary Organisation (income under £10,000)   £10 per delegate
Voluntary Organisation (income over £10,000)   £20 per delegate
Statutory Organisation  £40 per delegate
Private Organisation  £50 per delegate

To book your place click here


The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust Grants

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. The Trust usually supports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applications from individuals, but these must have a referee. The AFMT support a wide range of projects, but are unlikely to support foreign trips. Projects the fund has supported in the past include; A £300 grant of a Youth Forum in Lancashire to support a programme of outdoor activities; £500 grant for a group of young people from Bradford to go on a residential outdoor activities course in Scotland. Visit for information.

Power to Change Community Business Fund

Re-opens 7 June

Power to Change has published the guidelines for Round 4 of the Community Business Fund which will open to applications from community businesses in England on 7 June. The Power to Change, an independent charitable trust, is using a £150 million endowment from the Big Lottery Fund to support community businesses that are working to address a variety of social problems, from saving local shops to providing affordable housing. There is around £10 million per year for 10 years with grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 available for eligible projects. To be eligible, organisations must be incorporated, based in England, have at least one year of financial accounts and share the following four key features:

  • Locally rooted – based in their community.
  • Accountable to local community – accountable to local people.
  • Trading for benefit of local community – profits must stay in the area.
  • Broad community impact – address the challenges in the community.

Projects must have a charitable purpose, meet charitable needs within the community and share one or more of the fund’s seven goals:

  • Reduce social isolation.
  • Improve health and wellbeing.
  • Increase employability.
  • Create better access to basic services.
  • Improve local environment.
  • Enable greater community cohesion.
  • Foster greater community pride and empowerment.

The grants can be used for:

  • Capital costs including building, vehicles, equipment of significant value, refurbishment costs.
  • Project-specific revenue costs like staff costs, professional fees, volunteer costs.

Power to Change will fund up to 75% of revenue costs, up to 75% of the building related capital costs and 100% of other capital costs, such as the purchase of a vehicle.
Round 4 applications will be accepted from 7 June 2017 until 5 July 2017 (12 midday). Visit for more information.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Small Grants for Hospice Services

Deadline 16 June

The Masonic Charitable Foundation offers a Small Grants scheme to help towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children in England and Wales. Hospice organisations that receive less than 60% of their funding from the NHS are eligible to apply for grants of £500 to £5,000. Individual grants are calculated on the basis of the services provided and the number of beds operated by the hospice. Grants are not given towards building costs or to hospices that are not yet operational. Visit for more information.

M&S Energy Invites Entries to its Community Energy Fund Competition

Deadline 23 June

For a third year in a row, M&S Energy is inviting not-for-profit organisations in Great Britain to apply to its Community Energy Fund Competition. M&S Energy created the Community Energy Fund to mark its move to supplying all of its electricity from renewable sources. The fund supports community renewable energy projects and technologies across England, Scotland and Wales. This year, £300,000 will be awarded to renewable energy projects that can show they have the support of their local community by public vote. The awards are to be used for capital costs relating to the installation of the specified technology. The competition is open to any not-for-profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefit. This could be, for example, parish and town councils, local action or interest groups, village or community hall associations, community energy groups, sports and recreation clubs, libraries, schools, scout and guide groups, religious or faith groups, or any organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment. Shortlisted applicants will need to organise support from their community to vote for their campaign on the competition website. Visit for more information.

The National Churches Trust – Community Grants Programme

Deadline 3 July

The National Churches Trust has announced that its 2017 Community Grants programme is open for applications. The Community Grants Programme provides grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Projects must have an estimated cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees) to qualify. To be eligible the applicant will need to have raised 50% of the total project cost. Visit for more information.

Funding to Support Children with Genetic Disorders

Re-opens 1 August

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to charities and support groups that care for children affected by a genetic disorder such as Cystic fibrosis, Haemophilia and Sickle cell. To be eligible, the application must be submitted by a UK-registered charity or UK based patient group working with and benefiting children (age 18 or under) and their families affected by genetic disorders. Previous projects funded include Ataxia UK, who used funding from Jeans for Genes to fund the production of a booklet and film for teenagers, and a booklet for parents and carers of children with ataxia and the Herefordshire Learning Disability Trust, which used its grant to fund 17 places at a summer holiday club to benefit children with genetic conditions plus a further 13 places for able-bodied children. Visit

Veolia Environmental Trust Grants

Deadline 31 August

Constituted, not-for-profit groups within the vicinity of a qualifying Veolia site, can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 towards community buildings; parks and paths, play and recreational facilities; nature reserves and biodiversity projects. To qualify for funding, projects must have a total cost of under £250,000 (including VAT and professional costs). There is a two-stage application process and applicants successful at stage 1 must have secured 20% of funding towards the project prior to submitting a full (stage 2) application. Visit for more information.


Trust Links: Local independent charity for mental health and wellbeing
This is a great time to join Trust Links. We now have four Growing Together therapeutic community gardens in Westcliff, Shoeburyness, Rochford and Thundersley and a new multiagency eco-building in Rochford. We are a key partner in the new Southend’s Carers Hub and are hosting and managing the new REACH Recovery College for south east Essex.

We are looking for:

Administration Support Officer at Rocheway, Rochford

£14,625 – £15,500 pro rata
Fixed term to 31.3.18 subject to further funding
25 hrs per week: 9 am – 2.30 pm Mon to Fri
To provide administrative support to the REACH Recovery College team, reception duties at the Rocheway Centre and support effective administration across the charity.
Full Job Description here

Bank Support Worker

£8 – £12 per hour on a sessional basis
To develop, support, lead and deliver courses, workshops, activities and services for our beneficiaries
Full Job Description here

Email Website Tel. 01702 213134

Deadline: 12 pm on Wednesday 7th June 2017

Trauma Support Worker

Salary:  £17,714.00 pro rata per annum
Hours:  22.5 hours per week, 3 days per week, 9am to 5pm, working days to be agreed. There may be opportunity for additional evening and weekend work for which compensatory time off in lieu will be granted.
Contract Type:  Fixed-Term contract to 31 May 2020.  Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
Location:  Southend with some possible work in the South East Essex area.

Job Summary: To prepare clients for counselling and to support them on to further independence after trauma counselling with South East and Central Essex Mind. The Job Holder will help potential clients to meet their basic needs to remove barriers to accessing and engaging with counselling including support with housing, benefits, or physical health issues that might impact their mental health.

A fundamental aspect of the job is to communicate with other agencies in order to promote the Trauma Counselling service and to generate new clients who need the service. The candidate must demonstrate a flexible attitude, be committed to on-going training and take responsibility for managing their caseload and keeping up-to-date client records.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Educated to NVQ level 3, A – Level standard or equivalent
  • At least one year’s experience of delivering support work to people experiencing mental health issues.
  • Experience of writing and delivering support plans.
  • An awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health
  • Skills and Knowledge:
  • Knowledge and experience of managing Safeguarding concerns, and Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults and children in general.
  • Experience of working with individuals with complex mental health needs.
  • Experience of supporting clients in accessing benefits and support.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team.

Closing Date:  Midday on Friday 9th June 2017

Interview Date:  Wednesday 14th June 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

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