26th April 2016
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.
The project will also be introducing two new initiatives, including, the start of a club buddies scheme, which offers young people turning 13 years old who have successfully passed through the clubs the opportunity to support new joiners as they settle into the clubs’ activities. Club buddies will also act as role models for existing club members. The second initiative will take the club to a new area in central Southend to establish regular activities and make the clubs accessible to a new community.
Triple T’s Youth Project (Turning Tides Team) established 2011
Children aged between eight and 12 years of age from central Southend can access Triple T’s clubs right in their neighbourhood. The clubs help to inspire them and raise their aspirations through weekly sessions run by a Turning Tides Team Leader and Assistant, along with a team of local volunteers, where youngsters are given the chance to try out new activities such as first aid, swimming, internet safety and more. Day trips to the local fire station, coastguards and police station also allow club-goers to learn more about where they live, the club’s young participant’s benefit from activities aimed at broadening their horizons and achieving their fullest potential. Currently, we run weekly clubs on the Woodgrange Drive Estate and nearby the Queensway Estate.
Anthony Quinn, Turning Tides Manager said:
“This is wonderful news; the Triple T clubs will continue to make a big difference in the Southend community for the next three years. We now have the opportunity to run activities in a new area of the town and continue the existing clubs. The result will be more confident, safe and connected young people with raised aspirations”
Kerry Luker, Regional Head of London and the South East said:
“We are delighted to support the work of Southend Association of Voluntary Services, and know it will make a real difference to young people in the area. In the months ahead the group will work closely with some of the hardest to reach children and young people, helping them to develop practical skills and positively engage with their local community. To all of our supporters who help make this possible, a huge thank you!”
Alison Semmence SAVS Chief Executive Officer said,
“We are delighted to have the support from Children in Need for this amazing project which changes the lives of young people in Southend”.