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SAVS is celebrating after receiving funding from the Big Lottery to support people with mental health issues.  The award of £234,537 from the Reaching Communities programme will enable SAVS to continue to support people recovering from mental ill-health into volunteering for the next five years.

“The service we provide to help people to volunteer as they recover from mental ill health can be a real lifeline and makes a huge difference to their lives,” says Alison Semmence, Chief Executive of SAVS.

“We have been providing the service for five years and have a constant stream of people coming through to use the service.  In these difficult times when support for people with mental health problems is hard to find, our service can really make a difference to improve the quality of life for people.”

With Spring in the air, daffodils and tulips in bloom and the sun making a few more appearances lately, you may be thinking about getting out and about more. About being more active, getting fit maybe. But what can you do locally that combines enjoying the great outdoors with something worthwhile and rewarding. Where you will meet new people in a friendly, relaxed way and have a lot of fun too.

SAVS have recently received funding from BBC Children in Need to the total of £88,331. Over the next three years, the grant will fund the salary of two part-time team leaders, travel, materials, volunteer and other project costs to continue supporting our youth project Triple T’s for children aged between eight and -12 years old through it’s the Turning Tides Team.

People who have made a major contribution to community safety and crime prevention in Essex have been given well-deserved recognition and thanks at the prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony.

SAVS delivers a variety of courses each year for the voluntary sector; our brochure has lots of information here on the NEW offering for 2016, which includes;