Turning Tides Team


ABOUT TURNING TIDES                                                                                                                                            

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.

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.

HOARDING - 'See Change' is a pilot project delivered one day a week.  Our Team Leader Rachel, makes home visits and teaches life skills, working with the individual with the aim of creating behaviour change.  Through regular sessions conducted in their homes, we help to identify barriers and ways to break them down enabling residentrs to mor forward with their lives.




  • 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
  • Kenny Pearcey - Team Leader
  • Rachel Rooks - Team Leader
Contact us at:

Turning Tides Team

Southend Association of Voluntary Services

SAVS Centre

29-31 Alexandra Street


Essex   SS1 1BW


Tel: 01702 356070
Email: turningtides@savs-southend.co.uk
Twitter: @turning_tides


Triple T's to be funded by BBC Children in Need

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 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.  

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!”


Mo is back!

Adam Fox aged 9 who attends the Queensway Triple T's Club has won a completition to name the latest in a series of Mo books.

Local children were invited to take part in the competition organised by Turning Tides, Anglian Water's Keep it Clear programme and Olympus Keymed.    

The book which is illustratd by local artist John Bulley, encourages behaviour change tackling blockages caused by waste products poured down sinks and drains or flushed down toilets and  Adam's winning title was "Mo and the Mysterious Smell".

Adam was delighted to win a Sony Cybershot camera, a certificate and an Anglian Water goody bag and he said "I love completitions and have some of the Mo books at home.  I am schocked I have won and the camera is amazing".  

Turning Tides Manager and author of the Mo books said "Congratulations to Adam for coming up with a great title, the entries were of a high standard.  The books shows us that just by doing simple things we can all make a difference and we look forward to launching the book in the very near future".



High Sherrif gives recognition to Turning Tides Safe as Houses
Turning Tides Manager, Anthony Quinn and Safe as Houses volunteers, Martin Ryan and Jackie Wainwright recently atteneded the High Sherrif Awards Ceremony at Hylands House in Chelmsford.
During the evening the Safe as Houses Scam Buster Team received a cheque for £777 to support the home visiting safety scheme for vulnerable older people in Southend-on Sea.  In addition they were delighted and extremely proud to be presented with the Essex Police cup for the work they carry out in the community.
Congratulations to all involved in this project.   A well deserved recognition.
Tea Party for fit for a Queen!
Folk Like Us held tea party for it's memebrs to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday.
A great time was had by all with a Royal themed quiz and lots of tea, cake and scones.
Thank you so much to Sainsbury's who provided the scones, clotted cream and jam.
Egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt!
Both Queensway and Woodgrange Triple T clubs took part in a family East Egg Hunt at Southchurch Hall.   
Hayley Duff, Turning Tides Team Leader said, "We organised the hunt for children from our Triple T clubs.   The clubs supports children living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods to raise aspirations and confidence.   More than 50 children attended the hunt at Southchurch Hall Gardens and it was a great success.   The children followed a set of sixteen clues to find the secret words and then won an egg".
The eggs were kindly donated by Sainsbury's and recruitment company, Adecco.   
Our Georgia is Young CItizen of the Year!

We are extremely proud of Triple T volunteer Georgia Cleaver!
Georgia has been presented with the Young Citizen of the Year Award by Southend Rotary Club.
So very well deserved - Congratulations to you Georgia!
Folk Like Us Christmas Event

As part of the festive activity at SAVS, the Turning Tides Team put on a Christmas buffet lunch for Folk Like Us members.Christ

The event began with a Christmas themed quiz for all to join in. This was conducted by our very own Quiz Master Healthwatch Manager John Cooke.

This was followed by a buffet lunch and time to socialise meeting new people and making new friends. There was a great atmosphere and real buzz to the room as they tucked into good food and enjoyed great conversation.

The final part of the event saw a raffle conducted with prizes donated by local businesses. There were many winners and happy faces.

The event was attended by 45 members and supported by the Steering Group and staff. The member’s feedback has been very positive telling us they thoroughly enjoyed the day.



Turning Tides brings festive cheer!

In the lead up to Christmas, Turning Tides played a part in spreading some festive cheer by delivering gifts for children to families experiencing financial hardship.

The gifts were supplied firstly from the staff at Hood Group Ltd based in Maitland House. They conducted a Shoebox Collection. Staff members created a shoe box full of goodies for a particular gender and age.  Secondly we delivered gifts donated by residents through the Southend Borough Council Toy Drive.

All gifts made a great difference and where much appreciated, with children having a more magical Christmas morning. 


Sainsbury’s supports Triple T's

The Triple T’s have been busy bees fundraising in their local Sainsbury’s store to help towards future trips, activities and equipment for their clubs.

Sainsbury’s allowed the children the chance to come into the store and help customers by packing their shopping away for them. The children set up a table where they could sell the Mo books which were produced by Turning Tides Manager Anthony Quinn to spread a positive message to children and also as a way of raising money for the clubs.

We decided that we would make the fundraising session more exciting for the children by having a Christmas fancy dress competition where the children could win a ticket to the Odeon cinema.

21 children took part in the fundraising session and raised a staggering £666!!

Well done to all!

Thank you to Natalie and the team at Sainsbury’s!



Triple T's Christmas at Kids Kingdom
The Triple T’s Christmas party gave 51 children (and 10 adults) the chance to go bananas and have some fun to finish off yet another jam packed year.    
We were lucky enough to be able to hire out Kids Kingdom for the children’s Christmas party which was held on December 14th.  This was a fun packed evening with all the Turning Tides staff and volunteers pulling out all the stops to make sure it was a Christmas party the children would not forget in a hurry.   We had fun on the Jelly Mountain as the photo shows and for those who were brave enough there was also the drop slide!
The children were treated to a wide selection of buffet food and a tasty selection box donated by Sainsbury’s.  We would like to say thank you to Arriva for laying on the transport for this event, to Kids Kingdom for the friendly and welcoming atmosphere and to Sainsbury’s for once again showing their support for local children.
Mad Hatters Tea Party
Recently 24 lucky Triple T’s had a wonderful opportunity to go on a day trip to London to attend the Mad Hatters Tea Party, courtesy of The Taxi Drivers Charity Fund for Children.
The Mad Hatters Tea Party is an annual party which is held at the Grosvenor Hotel which is a grand old Victorian Hotel a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.
The children were entertained throughout the day by the World Champion Cheerleaders, a Marching Band and even a giant robot!
The children also enjoyed busting some moves on the dance floor, a tasty chocolate fountain, face painting and meeting celebrities such as the Cheeky Girls, Joe Swash from Eastenders and Frank Bruno!  
Thank you once again to The Taxi Drivers Charity Fund for inviting us.

Well done Jacob!

Back in October one of our Triple T volunteer Jacob Edgington, took on the challenge of going sober for October to see how much he could raise for the Triple T youth clubs.

Jacob who is a well liked volunteer at  the club run from the Unitarian Hall has been volunteering for Turning Tides since October 2013.

Jacob raised a whopping grang total of £100!! Jacob said “I was happy to do this for the kids, the kids kept me going for the whole month as the thought of not letting them down helped to motivate me even more”.

Well done Jacob for going sober for October and for your continued support for the Triple T clubs and to everyone who donated money towards this. 

Folk Like Us is launched!

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 turningtides@savs-southend.co.uk

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.

Congratulations Hayley!
We are extremely proud of Triple T's Team Leader, Hayley who has gained her Youth Work Practice NVQ Level 3.   Here's a picture of Hayley with her well deserved certifcate of achievement.

Cheque Presentation for Triple T's
A big thank you to the Hood Group, who's staff have raised £1598 for Turning Tides Triple T's  project; helping disadvantage children living in the Kursaal and Queensway areas of Southend.   
Citizens Advice Apprentices raise money for Turning Tides


The young Advice Apprentices from the  ‘Transforming Advice on Sea’ project: lead by Citizens Advice Southend, in partnership with MIND, Trustlinks, South East Essex Advocacy for Older People, Southend Carers Forum, HARP and Southend YMCA; have raised £640.41 for  Turning Tides.

Advice Apprentices undertook several peer and team projects, as part of their wider learning and team building. The fundraising activities have had several benefits not least they  learnt about project management, event management and fundraising for the community but more important the money raised will be used in the community for the community.

They wanted to raise money for a local grassroots community project outside of the seven charities in the ‘Transforming Advice on Sea’ project. So Turning Tides was the community group they wanted to support.

Thank you so much.   Turning Tides Team will use the money raised to support community projects in the most disadvantaged areas in Southend. 



Sainsbury’s Support Triple T Clubs

Turning Tides Triple T's recently received a boost from Sainsbury's Southend.  Last summer Sainsbury’s chose SAVS as their annual charity to support for the year. 
As part of the support they offer, Sainsbury’s have donated a range of resources and goodies to the Triple T clubs that operate in the disadvantaged areas of central Southend. This includes DVDs, drinks and cups, sweets, pens and pencils and much more.
Hayley Duff Triple T Team Leader said “We are really grateful for the continued generosity from Sainsbury’s and the unexpected donation made today, will go a long way in assisting us to make sure the clubs are well resourced for the children.” 
Sainsbury's Southend has also recently become a collection point for the SAVS Charity shop, the profits of which will be used to help ensure that Southend’s charities can continue to get the support they need to thrive.




Lucky resident completes 10,000th PTP survey

We're delighted to announce that the PTP team has now completed over 10,000 surveys, offering information and support to people wanting to travel better in Southend.

Ideas in Motion are giving the 10,000th respondent, Sharon Shacklady, a free bike to say thanks for taking part. Sharon usually uses the bus to travel around Southend but is looking forward to using her new bike regularly to keep fit and healthy this year.

The PTP teams will be operating in Leigh and Belfairs over the coming months. If you know anybody who would benefit from Personalised Travel Planning please contact www.ideasinmotion@southend.gov.uk 




Message in a Bottle Donation
Thank you to the Southend Lions Club for recently donating 250 Message in a Bottles.  
These will support the Turning Tides Safe as Houses initiative.