SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 4th August 2017

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Highlight of the Week

Chairs going for free

After a bit of building work and a change around we have surplus chairs from our conference room initially we have 50 – they are free to a good home and need to be collect over the next couple of weeks (picture below) – if you would like them please email


IVF Consultation

NHS Southend CCG’s public consultation on In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) starts today and is now live on our website here:

The consultation runs for three months from today until 26 October 2017 and we are offering a range of different ways for people to take part, from an online survey to face-to-face workshops.

Please may I ask that you promote this consultation through your own channels and particularly to anyone who may be directly affected by the proposed changes.

Events & Meetings

Collect for Your Group in Carnival 2017

Southend Carnival is on Saturday 19 August and its not too later to still enter. Your entry can be a float or a walking entry, and all the money you collect on the night is directly for your charitable or voluntary sector group. It’s also an excellent way to promote your organisation. For an information pack visit

Transpire Summer Soiree

11th August 2017 1900-2300
Transpire Summer Soiree, The Attic, Eastern Esplanade, SS1 2ES Southend-on-Sea
As part of the Estuary Fringe Festival – Ticket prices include buffet, and music provided by JD Entertainment. There will be a licensed bar for all your alcoholic (and non alcoholic) drinks. The venue has plenty of parking space, and outside space for chilling out and chatting.
Ticket prices:
18+ £8 per person
Under 18s £5 per person
*** Don’t forget your ID! ***

Transpire’s latest newsletter can also be found here


Following last year’s hugely successful Charities Ball, we are pleased to offer charities and businesses in Southend the opportunity of having another great night out to raise funds for their chosen charity. You purchase tickets for the Ball from us at £24 per person, which you sell on to your guests for £39.00 each. You keep the difference of £15 per ticket sold for your nominated charity, plus any raffle money collected on your table on the night. Should you require any further information, please read the flyer below and/or email

Get Together Meeting

Scope’s Local People Programme –  For disabled people aged 12-65 in Southend (with any physical or mental illness, impairment or additional needs)  – And unpaid carers of those  people. (including parent-carers of children aged 0-11) – and or close family members.

Funding for Projects on offer

Where – Project 49 – 49 Alexandra Street Southend
When – Friday 18th August  2017 – 10.30am to 12.30pm with snacks

Come to a monthly Get Together  to meet new people, old friends, discuss local issues that are important to you, get involved in designing and delivering projects, help make decisions about where funding should go, or just have a cuppa and some snacks!

A project can be an activity, a campaign, skills training or anything else that supports disabled people and/or carers and that meets the community needs identified at engagement events.

Open to the wider community, not just your friends – 2 or more people per project group

Contact  if you want to come along and for more information – Telephone 07891 059125


Aspire Leadership Training

Autumn training brochure released

Local charity training provider Voluntary Sector Training (VST) have announced the publication of their Autumn training programme aimed at charities and community groups.

The new programme offers all the essential courses for anyone working or volunteering in a charity or community group ranging from management skills to personal and practical training.

Maddy Pitcher VST’s Manager says “We are really excited about the launch of our new programme.  We have lots of NEW courses and there is a 10% discount on bookings until the end of August so make sure you don’t miss out and take a look now.”

The  Autumn programme of training is open for bookings  and groups are advised to reserve their places as soon as they can by visiting the website at or by telephoning the VST office on 01371 876747.

Raising Children


Part time RBS/Citizens Advice Project Adviser

17½ hours per week
Fixed term contract until 31st August 2018
Are you a Citizens Advice trained Generalist Adviser (or equivalent)?

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity?

Through this innovative project with the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), you will deliver general advice, predominantly by telephone, to RBS customers being supported by the bank’s Vulnerable Customer Teams, who are identified as needing additional support from a Citizens Advice Adviser.

You will be based at the RBS offices at Thanet Grange, Southend-on-Sea  for 2 days per week, Mondays to Fridays.  The working hours at the RBS offices are 9am to 5pm with a half hour unpaid lunch break (15 hours per week). The two days of the week worked at RBS will be determined in conjunction with the other Project Adviser who is already in post.
The rest of the hours will be worked at the offices of Citizens Advice Southend in central Southend.

This is a unique opportunity to work for Citizens Advice within RBS, using your key skills and learning to assist RBS staff in supporting vulnerable customers whilst gaining insight into the world of banking.

You will be subject to RBS pre-employment screening, details are given in the application pack.

Please contact or 01702 456370 for more information and/or an application pack.

Salary: Up to £23,460 per annum pro rata (dependent on experience) until 31st August 2018.
Closing Date: 12 noon on Friday, 18th August 2017
Interview Date: to be determined

Citizens Advice values diversity and promotes equality. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society.

Move-on Worker (Hostels and Supported Housing)

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?
HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 1200 lives every year.

Job Title: Move-on Worker (Hostels and Supported Housing)
Salary: Starting at Point 18, £18,070 rising incrementally to Point 21, £20,138 per annum
Location: Southend-on-Sea
Contract Type: Permanent, 37 hours per week
Ref No: MW1

We are looking to recruit an experienced Move-on Project Worker for our Lottery Funded ‘Transitions’ accommodation services in Southend. Reporting to the Move-on Co-ordinator, you will be part of the team assisting service users in a high-support hostel service and step-down hostels leading to move-on to independent living. You will work with and deputise for the Move-on Co-ordinator to ensure that a recovery focussed service is provided to service users and that the service is operated in line with HARP values, procedures and legal requirements and that it meets the funder’s and service user’ needs.

To be considered for this role, you will need the demonstrable ability to work within a highly effective, client centred accommodation 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. You are resilient in, and motivated by, a constantly changing and busy environment. A good understanding of the regulatory and financial environment within which accommodation based support operates is essential.

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career and contribution to our clients. Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays. 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.

Closing date:          Friday 1st September 2017 – Midday
Shortlisting:            Monday 4th September 2017
Interview date:      Monday 11th September 2017

If you are interested in this position the job description and person specification detailing the Technical and Professional Know How required and an application form can be found at our website via the button below.

If you would like to discuss this role please contact Doreen Pujol, Service Manager on 01702 602913.

To apply for this position, download an application from our website clicking on the “Jobs” tab or contact: Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.

Volunteer Independent Committee Member

Sanctuary Housing Services manages rented and shared ownership homes and supports community initiatives for thousands of customers across England. Within the Rochford district, we manage over 2,000 homes.

We are looking to recruit an independent member to join the existing nine members of our local Sanctuary in Rochford Committee. The committee is responsible for monitoring local operational performance and compliance with the Rochford Charter, which sets out our commitments to local customers.

The committee meets six times per year, usually in the late afternoon or evening, with an additional annual strategy day. The position is voluntary with reasonable expenses paid and training provided.

We are looking to attract someone with a broad range of business skills and preferably governance or trustee experience. We need someone who will be passionate about making a difference to the communities in which we work and who can work as part of a team. Previous experience of the social housing sector would be useful but is not essential. We welcome all applications and would especially encourage younger applicants due to under representation.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter to

For assistance, please contact Chris Silvey on 01702 533461.
Closing date: Wednesday 9 August 2017

A Better Start Southend Independent Chair

The Chair will lead the ABSS Partnership Board and will work closely with all our strategic partners to take an overview of the governance, outcomes and impact of ABSS.  The Chair will need to work closely with the CEO of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.  Together with our Programme Director and CEO, the Chair will play a leading role in moving forward our plans for system change in partnership with local strategic partners and the Big Lottery Fund.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to contribute to a major strategic initiative that will transform the lives of our local children over the next eight years and beyond, then please contact the Estella Massiah, Executive Assistant to the CEO PSLA –  to arrange a telephone conversation with our CEO. Alternatively, please send your CV to .  This post is offered on an ‘expenses only’ basis.


Essex Community Foundation: Phone-In Surgery

Our next Phone-In Funding Surgery is on 16 August and is aimed at voluntary and community groups which are working to improve information, advice and guidance in health and social care. The grants team will be available between 10 am and 12 noon to discuss your work and talk through a potential application. To participate, please call 01245 356018 on the day.

Wolfson/Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme Round Two Now Open (Deadline 16 September 2017)

Round Two of the Wolfson/Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme is a capital fund that awards grants of up to £15,000 to architecturally significant theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance which, without funding for urgent repairs, face closure. The scheme is open to all statutory listed or architecturally significant theatres that have UK charitable or not-for-profit status and that operate a year-round programme of live performance (of no less than 30 performances a year). Priority is given to projects that deliver urgent building repairs, and which can demonstrate that without such repairs the viability of the theatre and its future as a place presenting live work to audiences is at risk. Projects which are in receipt of other awards from Theatres Trust or the Wolfson Foundation are not eligible to apply to this fund. Visit for more information.

Community Radio Fund to Re-Open for Applications in October (Re-opens 11 Oct – 8 Nov 2017)

Funded by the UK Government’s Administered by Ofcom, the Fund has been established to help support the core costs of running licensed community radio stations. Grants can be awarded to support: Management: Fundraising to support the station: Administration: Financial management & reporting: Community outreach and: Volunteer organisation and support. Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio licence.. Visit for more information.

Small Grants to Promote Inter Faith Events (Deadline, 15 September 2017)

The Interfaith Youth Trust has announced that it is making grants of up to £500 available for events organised by and for young people focussed around Inter Faith Week 2017. Grants are awarded for proposals for inter-faith activities by children and young people from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and other faiths and those of no formal faith in understanding and co-operation. The age range for young people is 11-25 years. Priority will be given to projects which actively involve young people in planning, running, and evaluation of the project; promote positive action i.e. young people from different backgrounds coming together to address shared problems like improving green spaces; and are run by non-statutory organisations, such as youth clubs, scout/guide groups, local voluntary and community organisations. Visit for more information.

Lifeboat Charities Encouraged to Bid for Part of £1 Million Support Fund (Deadline, midnight, 6 September 2017)

UK Registered charities that operate an inshore/inland lifeboat or rescue within or around the UK can apply for funding from the Inshore and Inland rescue boat grant scheme. This scheme was launched by the government in 2014 and is a 5-year scheme with £1million available each year. The fund supports charities running local lifeboat and rescue services, helping those in danger on and around inland and inshore waterways. The money from the fund can be used to buy equipment such as lifejackets, power boats and safety gear, as well as go towards training and other costs to support ongoing lifesaving efforts. There are no minimum or maximum amounts for awards but the applicant organisation must provide 10% towards the cost of the items funded. Visit for more information.

Grants to Improve the Lives of Disabled and Sick Children (Deadline, 10 October 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. Examples of grants awarded in 2016 include: £30,000 to Disability Challengers for a sensory room; £21,033 to Drove Road Residential Centre for a new playground; and £2,932 to Ichthyosis Support Group ISG for residential activity camps for children affected by the condition. Visit for more information.

Rosa Awards Grants to Promote Gender Equality (Opens Early 2018)

Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has awarded grants totalling £36,450 to 20 projects across the UK through the second round of the Voices from the Front Line programme. The programme aims to support women at the front of the fight for gender equality. Funding of between £500 and £2,000 is available to support projects that will increase the skills, capacity and credibility of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change. The grants include £2,000 to Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists towards their project tackling period poverty, £1,500 to Tender Education & Arts for their student campaign around sexual abuse and consent and £1,200 to GlobalGirl Media UK towards training for young women and girls in film. Visit for more information.

Transform Foundation to Launch Charity Incubator (Opens in 2018)

Following a large donation from a philanthropist, the Transform Foundation has announced plans to establish a charity incubator. This will function like many of the leading tech incubators such as Y CombinatorSeedcamp or Entrepreneur First, but purely for the purpose of creating scalable registered charities or social enterprises.  The Transform Incubator will provide new charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the United Kingdom with a grant of £10,000, 6 months of office space, legal support and mentorship from some of the UK’s leading social entrepreneurs and technologists. The Transform Incubator is a 6-month program culminating in a Donor Day where participants will have the opportunity to pitch to dozens of the UK’s leading philanthropists and grant making organisations. Visit for more information.

Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs 2017 (Deadline 6 October 2017)

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation is giving disabled entrepreneurs in the UK the chance to win a share of £70,000 to fund the further growth of their business, and become Stelios Disabled Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. This year the award is open to all forms of entrepreneurship (including pre-revenue start-ups). Applicants can be businesses operated by and/or for the benefit of disabled people; or employers whose workforce is made up of significant numbers of disabled people. The overall winner will receive a top prize of £30,000 and there are four prizes of £10,000 to four other finalists. A previous winner of the award was Geoff Holt MBE of Wetwheels, a Community Interest Company (CIC) run out of Portsmouth, which operates fully accessible boats to provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Visit for more information.

Development Funding for Charities and Social Enterprises (Deadline, 29 August 2017)

The Fore Trust is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. The Fore will fund any UK registered charity, social enterprise or community interest company that is small (annual income less than £1m) and charitable. To apply for grants of up to £30,000, organisations must register at the start of each funding round. As numbers for each round are capped and applicants are selected on a on a first-come, first-serve basis, early registration is recommended. On successful registration, applicants are sent further details of the application process. Visit for more information.

Help the Homeless (Deadline, 15 September 2017)

Help the Homeless makes grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. The grants are available for capital costs and examples of previously supported projects include: a grant of £3,000 to buy wardrobes to furnish bedrooms in a 12-bed hostel; a grant of £2,650 for the purchase of shelving and storage so that a breakfast project can more efficiently sort food and collate food parcels for their clients. Visit for more information.

Funding to Regenerate Public Parks and Cemeteries (Deadline, 12pm – 31 August 2017)
The programme provides grants of between £100,000 and £5 million to regenerate historic public parks and cemeteries for the benefit of local communities. Applications are accepted from local authorities as well as not for profit organisations that own historic public parks and cemeteries. To be eligible applicants will need to show that the community values the park or cemetery as part of their heritage; they meet local social, economic and environmental needs; and the management actively involves local people. Applications go through a two-round application process. This is so organisations can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they’re likely to receive a grant. At the first round applicants can also ask for funding to develop their project. Visit for more information.

WHSmith Community Grant (Deadline, 30 September 2017)

Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates. There are two application rounds each year. Visit for more information.

BIG Lottery Coastal Communities Fund Update

The CCF encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. The CCF will be extended to 2021 with at least £90m of new funding available for the period 2017/18 to 2020/21. Private sector companies, voluntary organisations, local authorities, social enterprises and development agencies are amongst the organisations eligible to apply. In 2016, the South West Coastal Path Association received £1,146,864 to improve and promote the Path and the RSPB received £267,843 to further develop tourism at South Stack drifts, Anglesey. Grant levels differ between regions and are typically between £20,000 and £2million. Full application guidelines will be published on the website when the programme opens. Visit for more information.

Wolfson Foundation Health and Disability Grants Programme (Deadline 5 January 2018)

Through the programme, the Wolfson Foundation, makes grants of between £15,000 – £100,000 for new buildings, refurbishments and equipment for a range of organisations delivering excellent care and support. The funding is focused on Palliative Care and Hospices; Older People; and Transitions and Independence. Match funding is required for projects over £50,000. The Foundation does not provide funding for clinical care which might be considered the proper responsibility of the National Health Service (e.g. refurbishment of hospital wards or other facilities, or provision of surgical equipment). The Foundation also encourage applications from all parts of the UK, especially regions that have few alternative sources of funding. Visit for more information.

Funding for Disability Tennis Wheelchairs and Equipment (Deadline 1 September 2017)

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations, etc for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis. Individuals can apply for grants of up to £500. Individuals can receive support for a sports wheelchair, tennis rackets, coaching lessons with a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) licensed coach or course fees for official LTA development/coaching courses. Groups can apply for wheelchairs, court hire, coaching fees and equipment packages which will include, rackets, balls, mini net, and coaching aids such as cones and throw down marker lines. In the case of wheelchairs a deposit will be required; for individuals the amount of deposit required will depend on the wheelchair type requested, clubs will need to raise a deposit of £250. Visit for more information.

Arts Council – Strategic Touring Programme (Deadline 22 September 2017)

Arts organisations can apply for grants in excess of £15,000 to provide opportunities for people to experience the Arts. The programme is focused on providing arts provision in areas that offer few opportunities to attend and participate in the arts. Areas that are geographically isolated or suffer from a lack of local artists and arts organisations. The funding is available for touring work in areas , that rely on touring for much of their arts provision and is part of the Arts Council England Strategic Touring programme. The funding is available to both arts organisations and individuals working in the arts. Partnerships, networks and consortia can also apply. Visit for more information.

Dream Fund Opens for Applications in July 2017 (Deadline 5pm, 22 August 2017)

Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the next round of the Dream Fund will re-opened for applications. The Dream Fund offers charitable organisations across Great Britain to think big, be ambitious and collaborate with other not-for-profit partners to deliver their dream project. The total award fund of £3,000,000 will be awarded as grants of up to £1,000,000. Applications for innovative, creative, original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’ submitted by partnerships of at least two charitable organisations (one must be a registered charity) are invited. Visit for more information.

Arts Council England – Catalyst Small Grants (Deadline 10 August 2017)

Arts Council England’s Catalyst Fund supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. One-off grants of £10,000-£30,000 are available for capacity building work that involves investing in systems training and developments for staff, volunteers and boards or to cover the costs of external expertise to support. Eligible organisations will be small to medium sized organisations, including arts and not-for-profit organisations, museums, and libraries, with an annual turnover of between £100,000 and £750,000. Projects must be completed within 18 months of the project start date and by 14 December 2019 at the latest. Match funding in cash or in kind of 10% of the overall budget must be provided. Visit for more information.

Call for Applications for Second Round of ‘Celebrating Age’ Funding (Deadline 31 August 2017)

Celebrating Age, a joint Arts Council England/Baring Foundation fund which supports partnerships between arts and older people’s organisations, is now open for applications. Grants of £50,000 to £100,000 are available to support cultural spaces and other organisations to engage proactively with older people. Eligible partnerships or consortia may include those between cultural organisations or between cultural and non-arts organisations. Visit for more information.

Awards for All – Updates to Funding Priorities (England, Scotland and Wales)

Awards for All, Big Lottery’s small grant scheme, has announced a change to its application guidelines to include fewer funding priorities. To be eligible for funding, projects must now meet at least one of the following three priorities. Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities; Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage. Awards for All offers grants of up to £10,000 to projects that improve communities and the lives of people within them. Apply at anytime. Visit for more information.

Food Power – Tackling Food Poverty Through People-Powered Change

Established and emerging local food poverty alliances are being invited to join The Food Power programme, an initiative that aims to strengthen local communities’ ability to reduce food poverty at grassroots level. This four-year programme is led by Sustain and Church Action on Poverty and will support the development of more sustainable approaches to tackling food poverty. The programme has four funding strands: Up to £10,000 to support the development of an alliance, a food poverty action plan and learning visits to other areas; up to £5,000 to support initiatives linked to one of the programmes thematic priorities; up to £5,000 to support initiatives which empower those affected by food poverty; and up to £5,000 to evaluate specific responses to food poverty and showcase effective practice. All partners will be encouraged to raise match funding to maximise the value of the programme. Invitations to apply to join the programme will made at different points during the lifetime of the programme with interested communities encouraged to sign up to the newsletter to receive regular updates. Visit for more information.

New Funding to Tackle Issues Around Gang Violence

The Home Office is providing £90,000 in new funding to tackle the issues around gang violence. The funding will enable a further 15 local area reviews to be conducted in regions who are experiencing gang related issues to assess their resilience and help address the issues they face. Once the areas who will be reviewed are selected, an expert team will help local authorities and their partners map gang problems in their area, review how effectively they deal with it, and make recommendations to help improve their response. Local areas will also be able to benefit from tailored follow on support to help them implement the suggested changes and do more to tackle the issue of gangs. This could include developing multi-agency action plans to tackle county lines, training and support, and help to develop relevant town and city centre safeguarding measures. Visit for more information.

Active Ageing: Creating Change in Communities (Deadline 12pm, 29 August 2017)

Comic Relief has launched a £1.5 million fund to engage older people aged 65 and over in volunteering. Between 15-25 grants will be awarded to projects that specifically target older people who don’t usually participate in volunteering or social activities because they are from a disadvantaged community, or face other barriers to participating. Grants of between £40,000 and £80,000 for up to three years work will be made to registered organisations based in the community in which they are already working with older people (including those working with national or regional partners). Partnership applications are also welcomed.. The activities planned must have positive benefits for older people, providing them with meaningful roles for social interaction and leadership and recognising and valuing their contributions. Eligible additional support costs can include, for example, the provision of accessible transport. Visit for more information.

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