SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 7th July 2017

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Highlight of the Week

Groundwork Community Award

Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to live?

If so, then we would like you to nominate them to receive a Groundwork Community Award.

There are fantastic examples of community groups who work selflessly and tirelessly to improve their neighbourhoods.  Thanks to their efforts our parks and open spaces are better looked after, libraries and heritage centres are being kept open, food banks and furniture projects continue to help people meet their basic needs and communities are blazing a trail in recycling and renewable energy.

We think it’s time that their commitment was recognised.

The Groundwork Community Awards will honour those small groups making a big difference to the quality of life in their local area.  We want to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.  We also want to spotlight the power of doing good together so that we can inspire others to organise and get active in their own communities.

Our awards are simple to enter – you can highlight your own achievements or nominate a group you know to receive an award in one of 10 categories reflecting the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

The deadline for nominations is 25 August.  Shortlisted community groups will be honoured at our prestigious national awards ceremony in central London on the evening of 2 November and their stories will be widely promoted so that others can learn from their success.

Nominate your heroes now.


Gardening Fit

Not Keen on Gyms or Lycra? – Get ‘Gardening Fit’ at Trust Links
Did you know that gardening allows you to work all of the major muscle groups to build strength and burn calories?  It also has proven positive mental health and wellbeing benefits. Trust Links are launching a 12 week ‘Gardening Fit’ course to help participants become fitter and healthier by working on specific projects in the garden.  The course starts on July 6th at both Trust Links Growing Together Rochford and Growing Together Thundersley sites.

The Gardening Fit course is ideal for people who are interested in improving their fitness, but are not keen on traditional gym and aerobic environments.  It combines a sequence of day to day gardening activities which will help boost your flexibility, strength and stamina.  It also allows participants to learn new gardening skills and be outdoors in a social environment.
Each session lasts 3 hours and will include a gentle warm up and cool down, gardening activities which encourage stretching and lifting, a 45 minute low impact cardio session such as a group walk, complementary healthy lifestyle and eating tips and enhanced fitness tips from a fitness expert.  The course will run from Thursday 6th July from 9 am – 12 pm at Growing Together Rochford and 1 pm – 4 pm at Growing Together Thundersley.   Courses are free and open to all to attend, but places are limited.

Matt King, CEO of Trust Links, said “We are really looking forward to running this course as it offers an alternative fitness scheme to traditional gym environments which can seem quite daunting to many.  It also allows people to get together outdoors and give back to their community by helping to maintain our therapeutic gardens where the courses are based.  This inclusive course also goes  towards achieving our objective of removing the stigma attached to mental health problems by bringing the community into our gardens.”

If interested in attending please contact 01702 213134 or

Big Summer Raffle

Hamelin Trust are holding a Big Summer Raffle!

We have amazing prizes to be won, all donated by local companies. There are: hampers, vouchers, gift sets, show tickets, health products, days out, food and wine and much more.
Tickets are £1 a strip or 6 for £5, with the money raised we will purchase a 10.1” convertible tablet and new musical equipment for children and adults with disabilities.
Tickets can be brought at our services, charity shops, head office or over the phone just call 01277 653889.
The raffle will be drawn on the 12th July, Good Luck!

Purchase Tickets Now!

Transpire July Newsletter

June turned out to be a very busy month for us! The online facebook group continues to grow and now has 350+ members. Each month seems to get busier and busier with community engagements. Our newsletter is now blind copied to just under 200 recipients.  Full newsletter Here

If you haven’t felt like engaging with Transpire to date, maybe now is the time to do so.  A return on investing time in us can potentially make savings for organisations, and break down isolation and vulnerability.

As a voluntary community group we heavily rely on the financial support kindly provided by our members and supporters in the local community. If you would like to make a regular donation we have a Direct Debit scheme in place which is only £3 per month. It’s quick and easy to setup and you can cancel at any time online.

To setup your regular donation now follow this link:
OR you can now donate via PayPal using this link: a great July!!

Events & Meetings

Gigabit Southend Network Launch

On Wednesday 5th July, the Gigabit Southend Network Launch event will be taking place from 17:00, with drinks and canapés. Learn how this revolutionary network will benefit the town which will be taking place at The Hive Enterprise Centre, The Old Library, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. You will have a chance to meet the CityFibre and Onecom teams along with hearing about exciting developments. This includes the completed expansion into Progress Road Industrial Estate and connecting 120 council sites. To register for this event, please click on the link

Afternoon Tea

8 July Avenue Baptist Church

Southend in Transition Community Allotment – Taster Days

Volunteers and public welcome
Sunday 9 July 10am – 2pm
Gardening, watering and lots of vit D:), the Big Bee Count – spot them and record them.

Sunday 23 July 10am – 2pm
Gardening and a bit more of citizen science – the Big Bug Hunt – spot them and record them

Free Afternoon Tea for All

Monthly starting 14 July at the Ekco Social Club

Multicultural Steering Meeting

10 July 10am at the Victoria Hub

Learn about Fire Safety at Home

The topic of the next meeting of Chalkwell Ward Residents Association will be Fire Safety at Home, with a talk from Muhammad Ahsan of Essex Fire Service.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 12th July 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

Afternoon Quiz

13 July at 2.30pm at the Naval & Military Club

Stopping Hate Starts Here!

26 July 10.30am – 1.30pm
Rayleigh Police Station

There is so much in the media right now regarding a world that seems full of hate, Transpire aims to be part of the change that sees that love, and pro-activity can conquer such hate. Are YOU interested in being involved in tackling hate incidents? We have a new date for training to become a Hate Crime Ambassador. The training sessions are provided by Essex Police, and once trained you will be accredited and equipped to identify what amounts to a hate incident, how to signpost people to the different ways of reporting, or to take them through the whole hate incident reporting process.

It is recognised that hate incidents are under reported for many reasons. Barriers include lack of understanding, lack of confidence or a belief that the report will not be taken seriously. Hate Crime Ambassadors are the means by which we can overcome such barriers.

Training is open to all people , of all ages. For those who work in public service or community engagement panels, CCGs, or schools, it would really be an asset. The more people we can facilitate getting trained the better our chances of tackling hate in South Essex.

There are 15 trained ambassadors for the Southend area, and we’re hoping to achieve a similar number to the 220 ambassadors trained in Harlow!
If you are interested contact Gina Denham, or our two hate crime ambassador coordinators-

Lindsey 07548 106271
Jack       07548 106529


Carers Cafe

Tech City-on-Sea: Digital Future

Wednesday 12 July 18:00- late
The fourth event The Hive Enterprise Centre will be hosting following a popular demand from the last event. The aim of the Tech City-on-Sea concept is to promote local techie businesses and encourage enterprise in the local area. The specific aim of the last event was to show off the local tech products and services that were available and they had 16 exhibitors attend. The aim of the event in July is to promote Digital skills by matchmaking the tech skillset of young people to an appropriate industry.

Way to be involved:

1)      Attend! The event is completely free to attend. Your organisation is invited to join us for the event, be sure to bring business cards to network, enjoy the exhibitions, the ‘tech talks’ and have some beer and pizza on the house! Please book here: This event is open, so please feel free to promote this amongst your networks to ensure we get another great turn out!

2)      Talk Tech! The event will see local organisations do a short 5 minute ‘Tech Talk’ on their experiences in the industry. As mentioned, this event is focused on digital skills, what you can offer as an organisation and what you may be looking for. If you would like to do a talk please let us know by emailing us a short brief about what your talk will involve.

3)      Exhibit! Once again we’re inviting organisations to exhibit their Tech products and services at the event. To do this we’re asking for a small donation towards the cost of catering and marketing this event. If you would like to exhibit and therefore become a sponsor we’re charging £99.00 + vat per stand. Please let us know if you would like to do this so we can send over a short application form.

Walking Together

Saturday 16th September – starting at 9am
Trust Links Rochford, 34 Rocheway
To register for the walk or for more details please contact or call 01702 213134.

A free to attend ‘All Ears’ event will take place at the Education Centre, Southend University Hospital on Monday 24 July from 3pm to 5pm. Any person living with hearing loss can come along to this free event.

People who are new to NHS hearing aids will find it particularly beneficial, though established users, friends and carers are welcome to attend and find out more about the services and help available.

Hearing Help Essex, a registered not for profit charity assists people with acquired hearing loss. The keynote speaker will be from Sarabec, a leading hearing loss equipment supplier. The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will also be present.
There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some degree of hearing loss and a quarter of a million people in Essex alone have some degree of hearing difficulty, which can come about for all sorts of reasons, making day-to-day communication far less easy.

Practical information, advice and guidance on how best to adjust to wearing NHS hearing aids and managing hearing loss will be made available. There will also be the opportunity to learn more about assistive equipment and the benefits of technology that can really help.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance.  It’s easy to make a reservation:  Call 01245 496347; Text 07950 406173; or Email:

Hearing Help Essex is committed in making a provision of support that will help people with hearing loss to make life easier. One final event will also be scheduled on Monday 23rd October.  Please indicate your attendance preference.


Social Media – Facebook Pages for Charities and Community Groups

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 – 09:30 to 12:30
Presented by James Gray of Caraway Communications.

Facebook has introduced some new features and this half-day course will give you practical strategies for maximising your social media presence. You’ll be introduced to current social media best practice and develop a better understanding of what your followers expect from you.
Through practical exercises, group discussion and tutor presentation, the course will cover:
·        Building relationships through social media
·        Creating effective profiles, including bios and images
·        Finding and creating quality content to share online
·        Integrating social media with offline communications

Click here to book.

Writing Successful Funding Applications

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 10:00 to 16:00
Presented by Gemma Cartwright – Funding Development Officer at SAVS

Are you looking to improve on your success with raising money through bids and applications?  Whether you are new to fundraising or just need a ‘refresher’, this session will help you to: search and choose appropriate funders; avoid application pitfalls; ‘sell’ your organisation in terminology funders will understand and provide you with plenty of hints and tips to make your applications successful.

Click here to book.

Voluntary Sector Training 10% Discount

We’re offering 10% off our open programme training this Autumn if you book before 31st August.
Charities and community groups, don’t miss out. See what’s on offer by visiting our Courses page here

More courses being added all the time. If there’s a course you would like to see that’s not there, then please do get in touch.


New Fund to Tackle Loneliness Through Youth Social Action

Deadline 7 July 2017
The Co-op Foundation has partnered with the #iwill campaign to create a £2 million fund over three years, to support youth social action to tackle loneliness. In 2017 the Co-op Foundation are looking for 10 partners, who will be able to apply for a share of the first £400,000 of this fund and join a national network of organisations tackling youth loneliness. Grants will be awarded for 1 year initially, although partners will be able to re-apply for a further 2 years’ funding. The Foundation will fund 1 local project in each English region (9 grants of approx. £35,000 each). Within each region there are a number of specific priority locations. The Foundations will also fund 1 larger national or multi-regional project (approx. £85,000). To be eligible applicant organisations need to have charitable status and be working with young people aged between 10 and 20. Visit for more information.

Skipton Building Society Grassroots Grants Scheme Now Open

Deadline 31 July 2017
Small community minded organisations who may find it difficult to win funding are invited to apply Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving grant scheme. Grants of up to £500 are awarded to organisations from across the UK to help them to make a big difference in their local community. Visit for more information.

Funding for Community Energy Projects

Deadline 7 August 2017
Energy Supplier E.On, has announced that it has launched a new fund to help communities better manage their energy consumption. The Energising Communities Fund will provide grants of between £50 and £2,000 to support a range of energy related improvements and activities, from appliances and insulation to educational events. Priority will be given to projects focused on reducing energy use and renewable energy. Applications can be submitted by charities, not for profit organisations and schools operating in the UK. Joint applications with Local Authorities will be considered, although the charity, school or community organisation must be leading the project. Visit for more information.

Funding for Music Making Projects

Deadline Fund A 18 August, Fund B 10 November 2017
Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has currently two funding streams open to for applications. Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as supports the development of the wider music making sector. The funding streams currently open are: Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects; and Fund B which offers medium-sized grants (30,001 – £100,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work that help achieve a musically inclusive England. The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. Visit for more information

Dream Fund

Deadline 22 August 2017
Supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the next round of the Dream Fund will re-open for applications on the 14th July 2017. 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.

People’s Postcode Trust Small Projects Grants

Deadline 28 August 2017
People’s Postcode Trust (PPT) aims to help people by ensuring they have the skills, opportunities and rights to improve their lives. PPT invites applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of human rights, equal rights and conflict resolution for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. Registered charities can apply from £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales); other organisations may apply for up to £2,000. It’s a two-stage application process with an Expression of Interest at Stage One followed by a Full Application Form for those projects invited to apply. Visit for more information.

Funding for Larger Heritage Projects

Deadline 31 August 2017
Grants of over £100,000 are available to support larger national, regional and local heritage projects. A large variety of projects can be funded including projects relating to archaeological sites; collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives; cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes; historic buildings; histories of people and communities; and histories of places and events; etc. This is so that organisations can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they send a proposal in greater detail. Visit for more information.

Sport England Families Fund to Open for Applications

Deadline 31 August 2017 at 3pm
Sport England has announced that the first funding round of its Families Fund will open for applications on the 6th July 2017. A total of £10 million will be available for sports projects that focus on families with children aged 5-15, with a particular emphasis on low income families and families living in areas of high deprivation. Sport England are looking to fund organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them. Potential examples include housing associations, family-focused charities, parent support organisations and outdoor activity providers. The anticipated size of funding for projects from our Families Fund will be from £50,000 up to £500,000 for the right project. Visit for more information.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

1 September 2017
Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply. The maximum funding available is £35,000 and to be eligible to apply the applicant organisations should be a UK registered charity; have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care. Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases. Visit for more information.

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

Deadline 13 September 2017
Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. Visit for more information.

Funding for Environmental Projects

Deadline 24 November 2017
Schools and local community groups can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the Greggs Foundation for projects to improve the local environment. The Environmental Grant Scheme is funded by the 5p levy on carrier bag sales in Greggs shops. Through the scheme funding is available to purchase equipment; sessional salary costs; purchase of trees/plants; small capital items; and learning activities. The type of activities that could be funded include for example a growing project in a local primary school; a group of volunteers who completed litter picking exercises in their local parks or along a local riverbank; an allotment project for people suffering early stages of dementia; and clearing an area of wasteland in an area of high social need to create a community garden; etc. Visit for more information.

Funding for Community-led Buildings and Housing Projects

Deadline 31 January 2018
Local organisations such as Town or Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Forums or qualifying community organisations in England can apply for grants to support community-led building and housing projects. Two types of grants are available. These are the Community-led Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grant and the Community-led Buildings Project Support Grant. Through the Community-led Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grant scheme, grants of up between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to assess the feasibility of a community-led building project prior to submitting a Community Right to Build Order. The Community-led Buildings Project Support Grant scheme provides funding of between £5,000 and £40,000 to pay for the expert help and other costs associated needed to progress a community-led building project to the point of submitting a Community Right to Build Order. Visit for more information.

Charities Leadership Programme Launched (UK)

The King’s Fund, Comic Relief, and the Big Lottery Fund have opened the application process for a unique support programme that will enable charity leaders to help each other through sharing expertise and developing skills. The Cascading Leadership programme offers an initial 80 free places worth £3,000 each. Anyone leading a voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisation focussed on health and wellbeing of any size, early stage or established, can apply. There are two opportunities on offer. The Cascading Leadership Consultant – open to experienced VCS leaders wishing to share and develop their own skills; and the Cascading Leadership partner – open to VCS leaders who would benefit from the experience of others to enhance their learning to enable them to develop their organisation. Visit for more information.

Funding to Support Young People Participating in Sport

Persimmon Healthy Communities supports amateur sport for young people. Between May and December 2017, 30 monthly donations of £750 each will be made to amateur sport based organisations with participants aged 21 or under to enable the purchase of sports kits and equipment. In January 2018 one entry will be chosen to go forward into the national competition with a prize of £200,000 for one club or team. There will also be two runners up prizes of £50,000 each and 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each. To apply, fill in the short form available on the website. Visit for more information.


Engagement Officer

A Better Start
18.5 hours per week (Days & times to be agreed)
Salary:  NJC Point 25 currently £22,658 (pro rata) per annum
This post is currently funded until March 2018

Southend Association of Voluntary Services is looking for an enthusiastic person assist parents to improve their quality of life through community involvement in local decision making.
Based in our offices in Alexandra Street, Southend, the role is to:

  • Identify through direct street level engagement, parents to join and form parent groups in designated areas of the pilot project
  • To support the parent groups in developing their understanding of active engagement and decision making on behalf of their community
  • To encourage parents to attend formal Parent Champion training (provided as part of the programme)
  • To assist with the delivery of Parent Champion training

The successful candidate will have experience of communicating with a diverse range of people, including experience of working with children and families.

For a full application pack please e-mail Julie Newman at:

Please note we do not accept CV’s.

Details can also be downloaded from our website :

Closing date for applications:  9am on Tuesday 11 July 2017
Interview Date:  Tuesday 18 July 2017

If you have not been contacted by us prior to the interview date, then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

Speech & Language Therapy Clerical Assistant

A Better Start
Job Type: Fixed term (2 years)
Working pattern: 18 hours per week, part time
Main Responsibilities:

  • The post holder will be working within the Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy team supporting a universal service for children aged 0 – 4 years
  • You will be working closely with colleagues in the ‘Southend A Better Start’ team
  • The post holder will deliver clerical support for the A Better Start SLT team supporting families within the ‘Southend A Better Start’ wards

For more detail and to apply click here

Bank Relief Cook/Housekeeper

Required for Abbeyfield Sheltered Housing for older people in Southend-on-Sea. Day shifts are 8 hours (8am to 1.30 then 3.30 to 6pm) and occasional weekend and Bank Holiday working will be required. The ability to cook for up to 7 – 10 people is essential and the successful candidate will be expected to obtain a Food Hygiene Certificate (at the employer’s expense) if not already held. The ability to maintain a friendly, family environment would be welcomed as would some experience of working with older people.
Salary: £8.08 /hour
This post requires an Enhanced DBS clearance.
To find out more or obtain an application pack please contact Abbeyfield Southend on 01702 213350 or e-mail

Fundraising and Administration Assistant

South East and Central Essex Mind

Salary:  £18,000 per annum pro-rata
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 for 12 months
Location:   Southend-on-Sea

Job Summary:   This is 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:

  • Degree level education or equivalent.
  • Previous experience working in a fast-paced, target-driven environment
  • Previous experience of using CRM databases
  • Experience of donor/customer care and stewardship
  • Ideally, previous event management and/or community fundraising experience

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.
  • Ambitious and determined
  • Ability to work independently but also supporting a team.
  • Good IT skills including all Microsoft packages.

Closing Date: Midday Monday 17 July 2017
Interview date: Week commencing 24 July 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.
For more information please contact HR:
Tel: 01702 601123 or email

Accounts Assistant

South East and Central Essex Mind

Salary: £17,500 pro-rata
Hours: 15 hours per week to be worked Monday and Tuesday, 09:00 – 17:00 with a 30 minute lunch break.
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Southend-on-Sea

Job Summary: To support the Finance Manager/Management Accountant by undertaking a wide range of accounting and administrative duties including:

  • Purchase and Sales Ledger administration.
  • Managing utility accounts.
  • Assist in preparing monthly salaries.
  • Assist the Financial and Management Accountant in preparing monthly and annual reports.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • GCSE (or equivalent) level of education to level C or above in Maths and English. Experience of working in accounts or finance related work.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Must have experience of using Word and Excel.
  • Must have experience of using an accounts package/software.
  • Understanding/awareness of accounts/financial procedures.

Closing Date: 21/07/2017
Interview date: 31/07/2017
A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required.
For more information please contact HR:
Tel: 01702 601123 or email
South East and Central Essex Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer.

Qualified ESOL / English language tutors

We are seeking qualified ESOL tutors to work with individual adults in Southend. This will be for four people either individually or in group for up to six hours per week per person/group, and based within the individual’s home. We require successful candidates to hold a current DBS check or be willing to apply for one.

Any interested applicants should contact me directly with a quote for their hourly rate, inclusive of expenses, by Tuesday 11th July at 5pm.

Any questions about the opportunity can also be sent by email to Olivia Brown – Graduate Management Trainee – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
01702 534144 (Direct)

Hospital Council of Governors

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust gives notice that it will hold elections for membership of the Council of Governors. Elections are to be held for governors from the following constituencies:
5 Public Governors
•                  1 from Southend-on-Sea
•                  2 from Rochford
•                  2 from the ‘Rest of Essex’ (which includes those not resident in Essex)
3 (Staff) Worker Governors
•    2 from the Hospital & Treatment Centre Sites and 1 from Britannia House & Satellite Clinics

Nomination packs with information about how to stand for election to the above positions will be available from Monday 26 June 2017 from Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services Ltd (the Returning Officer) or the Company Secretary’s Office at the addresses shown below.
Returning Officer, Electoral Reform Services Ltd, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. Tel: 020 8889 9203. Email:
Company Secretary’s Office, Trust Corporate Office, 1st floor, Prittlewell Wing, Southend University Hospital, Prittlewell Chase, Westcliff-on-Sea  SS0 0RY. Tel: 01702 385002. Email:

All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer at the address shown above by 5pm on Wednesday, 19 July 2017. Scanned e-mailed nominations, with signatures, will be accepted.  If candidates do submit a nomination and then decide to withdraw, this must be done in writing, witnessed, and sent to the Returning Officer to arrive no later than 5pm on Wednesday 26 July 2017.

Elections – ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying members from Monday 7 August 2017 (If a candidate is elected unopposed it will not be necessary to issue ballot papers).
Completed ballot papers must be received by the Returning Officer by 5pm on Thursday 31 August 2017. The result of the election will be announced on the Trust website and will be available from the Trust Secretary’s Office on Monday 4 September 2017.

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from the Returning Officer by contacting them at the address above.

Consultations and Surveys

The ECC Business Workforce and Trade Survey

We are keen to understand the key issues facing businesses. The survey looks at issues of trade, workforce and the types of support businesses may need in the coming years. The information shared will help us to shape support for businesses locally and to influence national policy.
Please could you share your views by using the following link:

National Maritime Blue Growth Strategy – Stakeholder Engagement

Blue Growth is the long-term strategy of National Maritime to support sustainable economic growth for the coastal and estuarine towns and cities, and maritime industries located within the Thames, Lower North Sea and English Channel region.
As a sector initiative involving public and private sector partners, it will highlight opportunities for economic growth and will focus on the regions nine key maritime sectors that it thinks will contribute the most to this – shipping, marine engineering and manufacturing, renewables, heritage, recreational, ports, fisheries, business services, oil and gas.
This work is led by the National Maritime Blue Council and Executive team, it will inform not only economic strategy but also the activities of maritime industries as a whole, helping to shape Government spending and our asks to deliver business and economic investment in new ways, which better suit the regions sector needs. This strategy will also consider the various ambitious regional visions and delivery plans of stakeholders including; the Thames Vision 2035, Maritime Growth Study, Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission, the EU’s Blue Growth Strategy and the current work of the London and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships.
This represents an attempt to position the region, home to the largest maritime ‘cluster’ in the UK, as a location of growth and prosperity for maritime industries, whilst also addressing some of the persistent economic challenges that coastal and estuarine communities face.
Blue Growth will provide:

  • A robust understanding of the regions maritime economy
  • Evidence to inform decision making processes
  • Apply best practice from elsewhere
  • New insight into sub- sectors and the growth potential of businesses
  • Help focus on the development of a world class supply chain
  • A clear position on specific places and developments in the region
  • A strategy and plan to unite and inspire local stakeholders, politicians, business and investors
  • A clear articulation of the regions offer to investors and businesses
  • A step change in delivery of services and business support
  • A framework for on-going monitoring
  • Provide benefits to help regenerate coastal and estuarine communities
  • Link personal, workforce and community development to the growth of the maritime sector
  • Give individuals and businesses the confidence to play a socially responsible, active role in the regeneration of their communities

To do this, we have now started to map the location of all maritime industries within the region and those organisations that provide maritime education and training facilities and programmes.
We invite you to contribute to this work by completing this brief ten question survey:

National Maritime

National Maritime is the largest representative body for the maritime sector in the Thames and Channel region. As a not –for- profit business, we are a powerhouse of businesses working in the maritime sector focused on supply chain development and the sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities. Our purpose is to serve and support our members to help them grow and increase business, and promote the Thames and Channel region as a world class location central to the UK’s global maritime aspirations, whose industries are ambitious to drive trade, productivity and economic growth.

National Maritime Blue Council – The Voice of the UK Maritime Sector

Blue Council is made up of government, stakeholders, local and regulatory bodies and authorities who have an interest in the regeneration and sustainable growth of estuarine and coastal communities, to help drive sector and economic growth.
It is the councils mission to deliver on behalf of our members trusted specialist expertise in communicating and influencing at a regional and UK level on maritime issues across National, European and International government and Governmental bodies.

Employer Skills Survey

The Department for Education is reaching out to UK employers to get their views on skills supply and skills development. Fieldwork for the 2017 Employer Skills Survey, previously run by the UK Commission, is being carried out from May to September, and will involve interviewing nearly 90,000 employers. The survey gains vital information on hard-to-fill vacancies, skill gaps in the current workforce, training activity, and anticipated future skill needs. Due to the large sample size, findings are robust at local authority and LEP level – therefore greatly of use to local government, colleges and training organisations. The accuracy of the findings depends on a high participation rate, so please publicise the survey with employers in your area wherever possible.

Findings from the previous survey in 2015 are available online, as are instructions for participants. If you have any questions you can email

Fossetts Farm Consultation

Southend United Football Club has submitted a detailed planning application for a new 22,000 capacity stadium to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council which includes flats and a hotel. You will be able to access the planning application on Public Access, using the link below. The application number you will need to put in is 17/00733/FULM.

As there is quite a lot of information, I would like to draw your attention to the Design and Access Statement and the Planning statement. In addition information such as Transport Statement and the Retail Impact Assessment within the Environmental Impact Assessment, which are all labelled clearly for your perusal.

Paper copies of the plans/information are available from the contact centre at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. To complete online please click here

If you have any comments or wish to give feedback on the plans that have been submitted, then please email  Please note, that there is a limited time for you to provide a response.

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