Turning Tides is a project of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) and carries out community based projects in conjunction with partner organisations. Turning Tides promotes active citizenship and offers a range of activities for young people living in disadvantaged areas of Central Southend as well as supporting isolated older people living across the Borough. Turning Tides encourages involvement in social activities, volunteering, training and environmental projects. More details about the work we do can be found below. All Turning Tides staff are Community Safety Accredited by Essex Police.
OLDER PEOPLE — Folk Like Us project is Lottery Funded for three years until the end of March 2018. Folk Like Us provides support and advice to people over the age of 65, living in the borough of Southend who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. These people are supported by Turning Tides Team Leaders and if required will be signposted to services who can assist them further. Folk Like Us has The Hub meeting area on the ground floor of SAVS, which gives a welcoming andcomfortable environment for older people who ‘drop-in’ asking for help and information. The Hub opens Monday to Friday 10am-2pm.
YOUNGER PEOPLE — Children from central Southend have Triple T’s clubs to help inspire them and raise their aspirations with thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need. Funding provides weekly sessions for youngsters aged 8-12 years. Triple T clubs are run by a Turning Tides Team Leader and Assistant, along with a team of local volunteers and will give the youngsters the chance to try out new activities such as first aid, and learn more about the place they live through visits to and from the local fire station, coastguards and police station. We aim to give them the opportunity to broaden their outlook and achieve their full potential.
EARLY YEARS — A Better Start Southend (ABSS) has teamed up with SAVS to involve the local community in creating better services for Southend’s children and families. ABSS, delivered by Turning Tides, will work to introduce a range of ways that parents in Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness wards can get involved. This will include parent led meetings, recruiting and training parent champions and developing a volunteer programme.
SAFER COMMUNITIES — Safe As Houses is a crime prevention initiative being delivered by Turning Tides and has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex. Working in partnership with Essex Police, a team of specially trained volunteers visit identified elderly people living in the borough of Southend, giving advice on how to deal with doorstep and postal fraud and raising awareness and bogus callers and scams.
THE TURNING TIDES TEAM
- Anthony Quinn - Turning Tides Team Manager
- Heather Ward - Project Support Worker/Team Administrator
- Hayley Duff - Team Leader
- Lee Bagnall - Team Leader
- Laura Wilson - Team Leader
- Georgia Cleaver - Team Leader
- Rachel Rooks - Team Leader
Turning Tides Team
Southend Association of Voluntary Services
29-31 Alexandra Street
SOUTHEND ON SEA
Essex SS1 1BW
Tel: 01702 356070
A BUSY SUMMER FOR THE TRIPLE T'S!
On Sunday 4th September 2016, the Lions Club paid for 10 Triple T’s children and 4 adults to go on a day trip to Great Yarmouth.
Our first stop was to Great Yarmouth Race course, where lunch was provided and also entertainment for the children.
The Lions Club also paid for the children to see the famous Hippodrome Circus. The children enjoyed the Circus and were amazed by the performers.
On the way back we stopped off to have a McDonald’s before going home and sleeping like a baby from a very long day.
On Monday 25thJuly 20 youngsters aged 8-12 joined us on a 5 day holiday to Hucklow in Derbyshire.
The holiday gave the young people a chance to explore a different part of the country and to just be kids and have fun for the week.
We decided to take the children to Peak Cavern as we have not taken a group there for quite some time. The children all seemed to enjoy this trip and learnt all about the Cavern and why it has been given a rude name (Devils bottom).
We then took the group to Hathersage Swimming pool for the afternoon. The children love going swimming as often they do not get to do this back home or with their schools.
We also went back to Matlock Farm Park this year as there is so much to do here throughout the whole day. The children took part in pony rides, ferret racing, feeding and handling small animals. This year they also had the chance to take part in sheep racing and even had a close encounter with some wallabies.
For our final day trip we visited Chatsworth House as this always seems to be a favourite amongst all the children we have taken over the years. The weather was not particularly kind to us on this day (drizzly rain all day); however we did not let this dampen our spirits. The children had great fun in the large children’s play area where they could run around and burn off some energy.
We also took on the maze challenge again this year; sadly my team did not win for the first time in 5 years! Naturally I blamed this all on the weather and the fact that the ground was far too muddy and slippy to run in.
We had three brilliant volunteers take time off work to help out on the holiday and to make it as fun as they possibly could for the children.
All in all the week was a complete success and this has given another 20 children the chance to have a holiday in Hucklow and to make some new friends and create some lasting memories.
SAVS have recently received funding from BBC Children in Need to the total £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 8 and 12 years old through 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.
Turning Tides Manager, Anthony Quinn 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 for Children in Need 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!”
We are extremely proud of Triple T volunteer Georgia Cleaver!
Turning Tides and Southend Association of Voluntary Services have launched a new project called Folk like Us. ‘Folk like Us’ will provide support and information to isolated and loneliness elderly residents living in Southend. Folk like Us was officially launched on Friday 7th August and William Webb who is 104 years of age was the guest of honour.
This new initiative will be delivered through Turning Tides; a project managed by Southend Association of Voluntary Services and has been funded through The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The project is funded for 3 years ending March 2018.
The aim of the “Folk like Us” project is to reduce isolation and disadvantage that many older people in Southend experience because of a lack of access to and knowledge about social activities and information to improve their quality of life.
We want to ensure that older people in Southend are able to access information and assistance to attend and participate in social activities with others, because we believe that this will help to reduce isolation. Support for older people to access information is provided, including help with IT and one-to-one advice and support, as we believe that through the provision of information they can improve their quality of life.
HUB Service The HUB located on the ground floor of the SAVS Centre is open for visits Monday-Friday 10am to 2pm and delivered by Turning Tides Team Leaders who have a vast knowledge of services and organisations in Southend and years of experience working with the community to improve quality of life. Home visits will be made to those with restricted mobility that can not access the HUB.
To find out more or make a visit to the team or to join as a volunteer please call the Turning Tides Team on 01702 356070 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Semmence, SAVS Chief Executive said: “ We are very excited to be launching this new service as we believe it will change the lives of older people in our town for the better. There are too many isolated and lonely people – our aim is to stop this".
Anthony Quinn, Turning Tides Manager said: “ We have already had over 80 older people register with us in one month alone so we know this is a service that is much needed. We now have dedicated resources to carryout the important work that is needed”
William Webb, Guest of Honour aged 104 said: “I am delighted to have been asked to officially open the project. I believe it will make a great difference to many people. I enjoy getting out and meeting people and this project will give social opportunities to others”.
More details can be found on the Folk Like Us information flyer.