Supporting, Promoting and Representing Southend’s Thriving Voluntary Sector

Proud to be Southend’s Council for Voluntary Services.

SAVS is an independent charity known as a council for voluntary service or CVS. We work behind the scenes to help local charities and community groups achieve their full potential.

We also run our own commuinty based projects, all built on the foundation of supporting, empowering and celebrating the people of Southend.

Our Community Projects

Community News

  • Southend man’s six international marathon mission to help local children’s cancer charity – Gold Geese
  • Community Cooking Initiative – One Love Project
  • Quiet Leadership Training – a Social Age Journey by Julian Stodd
  • Christmas Craft Fair – St Johns Southend
  • Breathe Easy – Southend
  • Essex Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Essex Activity Awards 2023
  • Local charity Gold Geese calls on Essex to ‘Go Gold’ for childhood cancer this month Gold car convoy kicks off 2023 campaign

Community Events

  • Hamlet Court Road In Harmony Meal

    On: 05/10/2023

    Delivered by: Hamlet Court Road in Harmony

  • SE Essex Organic Gardeners’ October 2023 meeting

    On: 16/10/2023

    Delivered by: SE Essex Organic Gardeners

Training & Workshops

  • Free Training and Webinars – SSP – Sept & Oct 2023
  • Foundation Diploma & CPD – Therapeutic Safety in Trauma by The Beech Practise
  • Tackling Fuel Poverty in the UK: How to Fix an Escalating Crisis – Public Policy Exchange
  • National Business Response Network Webinars
  • Think CO Online Workshops – Gas Safe Charity

Community Support Directory

Useful contacts to support your organisation and service users.

SAVS Networking Brunches

Meet other organisations from the Voluntary Sector every other month at SAVS.

Hosted Community Funding

View funding currently hosted by SAVS and available to Southend organisations.

Affordable Room Hire at SAVS

Affordable, accessible meeting space in central Southend.

Sector Jobs

Community Information

  • New! Learning Disability Forum on Tues 3rd October
  • Free Women’s Wellness Event from Lady McAdden
  • The Ironworks October Events
  • The Salvation Army – Sanctuary (Tea, Toast & a Chat)
  • Streetlink is Relaunching – A message from Homeless Link
  • Southend Police August Newsletter
  • DWP Partnerships Essex Monthly Stakeholder Bulletin August 2023
  • Could you Foster in 2023? – Southend-on-Sea City Council

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Volunteer in The Salvation Army’s Charity Shop, Leigh
  • EPUT Co-Production Conference
  • Volunteers Wanted – Charlie Boy’s Angels
  • Become a Family Mentor! – Volunteering Matters
  • Here Me, See Me: Bi-Monthly Voice Groups – Autism Bedfordshire
  • Have you been Thinking about Volunteering? – SAVS Supported Volunteering
  • How to Get Involved – Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System
  • Community Connectors Programme: Sharing Lived Experience and Shaping Services


  • Good News Stories from our Community Builders (21st Aug – 3rd Sept) – SAVS
  • Tea and Tots Meet Ups in August 2023
  • Good News Stories from our Community Builders (7th – 20th Aug) – SAVS
  • Find Your Way to Shine and Become a Star in your Community with the Southend Volunteer Hub

SAVS Training & Events

  • Meet the Funder: easyfundraising. Free unrestricted funds for your organisation

    On: 16/11/2023

    Delivered by: easyfundraising & SAVS

  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Workshop

    On: 02/11/2023

    Delivered by: SAVS & Southend Against Modern Slavery (SAMS)

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24/10/2023

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • Narrative Therapy & Responding to Burnout

    On: 14/10/2023

    Delivered by: SAVS & The Sycamore Private Practise

Funding Opportunities

  • Violence and Vulnerability Community Grant
  • £76 million Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund launched
  • Suicide Prevention Grant Fund 2023 to 2025
  • easyfundraising – How It Works
  • The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund
  • Veolia Southend’s Sustainability Fund is Back for its Third Year!
  • Funding Information as of 27th July 2023
  • The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund