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 community based projects, all built on the foundation of supporting, empowering and celebrating the people of Southend.

Our Community Projects

Community News

  • Earth Day & St George’s Day
  • Foster Care Fortnight 2024
  • Little Heroes ASD Support Forever Hub
  • Hamlet Court Road Gearing up for Festival on Sunday 26th May!
  • Liberty Ladies Raise Money for Local Charities HARP and Carers First Southend.
  • The Southend Volunteer Awards are here!
  • Healthwatch Community Assembly
  • ‘Shoebury Matters’ April 2024 Newsletter

Community Events

  • Free Training, Webinars, Events, News, and Information

    On: 14 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

  • Mental Health Wellness Event

    On: 18 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Counselling and Support Services Southend

  • 20th Great Pier Walk

    On: 19 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Rotary Club of Leigh-on-Sea

  • Mega Brunch

    On: 19 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Friends and Places Together

  • Drop the Mic

    On: 19 May, 2024

    Delivered by: The Song School

Training & Workshops

  • Free Training, Webinars, Events, News, and Information

    On: 14 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

  • Compassion-led Practice: Re-thinking ACEs and Trauma-Informed Practice

    On: 15 May, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • Southend Street Pastors Training Availability

    On: 18 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend Street Pastors

  • FREE Health Care Coaching and Personalised E-Learning Course

    On: 20 May, 2024

    Delivered by: NHS Mid and South Essex

  • SSIF Seminar – Transitions Up to End of School Year 8

    On: 20 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend SEND Independent Forum

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.

SAVS News

  • The Southend Volunteer Awards are here!
  • Foodbank Vouchers from SAVS
  • FREE ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars by A Better Start Southend
  • SAVS Supported Volunteering Project Enjoy Training Session at the Gym Group Southend

SAVS Training & Events

  • Southend Volunteer Coordinators Forum

    On: 20 May, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • Meet the Funder: Community Investment Board

    On: 21 May, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • BITC Job coaching introduction session

    On: 22 May, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & BITC

  • Grant Applications

    On: 6 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & Triceratops Training

  • First Aid Training For Dads

    On: 6 June, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & KCA Associates

SAVS Lunchinars Logo

FREE bite-sized learning to boost your skills and knowledge!

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Community Information

  • Companies House Fees Information
  • Carers Week 2024 – Southend Carers
  • Community Event and Walk-in Vaccination Clinic
  • SSIF Second Seminar of the Year! Transitions up to End of School Year 8
  • My Care Record
  • New Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate Role Pilot Launched in Mid and South Essex
  • Send the Right Message Monthly Events
  • Learning the Lessons (Issue 43) – Mental Health

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Become a Family Mentor!
  • Prost8 First Ever London to Southend Bike Ride!
  • Leisure Centres Consultation
  • The Southend Volunteer Awards are here!
  • Brook Southend Annual Survey
  • Nature School Tender
  • Southend Libraries Volunteer Opportunity
  • Academy Committee Representatives – Volunteer Opportunity

Sector Jobs

Funding Opportunities

  • Scops Art Trust Accepting Applications for Second 2024 Funding Round

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 28 May, 2024

  • Drug and Alcohol Recovery Opportunities Fund Announcement

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date:

  • AWS IMAGINE Grant

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 3 June, 2024

  • Arnold Clark Community Fund Opens for 2024

    Funding Available: Up to £3,000

    Closing Date: 31 December, 2024

  • New Award Launched to Celebrate Sharing Communities

    Funding Available: Up to £5,000

    Closing Date: 20 May, 2024

  • Poundland Foundation Reopens to Applications

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 24 May, 2024

  • Innovation Fund Summer 2024 Funding Round

    Funding Available: £20,000 - £50,000

    Closing Date: 4 June, 2024

  • Government’s VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme Final Round

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 14 August, 2024

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