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

  • HARP24
  • The Launch of Pip’s Storybook
  • Charity Celebrates Nominees in Southend’s Debut Awards Ceremony
  • Southend Volunteer Awards 2024 – Winners Announcement
  • Shared Lives Week – Southend United Tour
  • Lower Thames Rowing Club Kick Off Active Southend-on-Thames with a Big Splash
  • SAVS Celebrates Volunteers’ Week by Thanking their Volunteers with a Special Seaside Event
  • Southend Volunteer Hub helps NCI Southend Secure Volunteer ‘Watchkeepers’

Community Events

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

    On: 14 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

  • Drop the Mic

    On: 19 May, 2024

    Delivered by: The Song School

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • Sports Festival

    On: 29 June, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend Tamil Association

  • “Palette to Prevention” Community Art Exhibition

    On: 1 July, 2024

    Delivered by: Lady McAdden

Training & Workshops

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

    On: 14 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

  • Southend Street Pastors Training Availability

    On: 18 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend Street Pastors

  • Free Infection Prevention Control Training

    On: 21 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend-on-Sea City Council and Mid and South Essex NHS

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & KCA Associates

  • Multi-Agency Training – Hold the Dates!

    On: 5 July, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend Safeguarding Partnership

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 Launch of Pip’s Storybook
  • Southend Volunteer Awards 2024 – Winners Announcement
  • SAVS Celebrates Volunteers’ Week by Thanking their Volunteers with a Special Seaside Event
  • Southend Volunteer Hub helps NCI Southend Secure Volunteer ‘Watchkeepers’

SAVS Training & Events

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & KCA Associates

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • Starting School

    On: 17 July, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & City Family CIC

  • Tea & Tots Shoebury (including Dad’s Zone)

    On: 20 July, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • An Introduction to The Essex Restorative and Mediation Service

    On: 25 July, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Essex Police

  • Tea & Tots Westcliff

    On: 7 August, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

SAVS Lunchinars Logo

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

SAVS Lunchinars Graphic

Community Information

  • Cake Club Summer Timetable
  • Summer Reading Challenge 2024
  • CASS July Newsletter
  • Pro Bono Design Support Programme – Open For Applications
  • Volunteer It Yourself (VIY) Project at Eastwood Community Centre
  • 250 Free Online Fundraising Packs Available
  • FREE Graphic Design and Printing for Charities and Community Groups in Southend
  • Lady McAdden Breast Cancer Charity Hosts Community Art Exhibition to Raise Funds and Awareness

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Electoral Commission Survey
  • Access to Emergency Contraception in Mid and South Essex
  • Academy Committee Representatives – Volunteer Opportunity
  • London Southend Airport Community Noise Forum (LSACNF)
  • 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

Sector Jobs

Funding Opportunities

  • Funding for Projects Supporting Those in Need of a Safe and Secure Home

    Funding Available: £20,000 - £50,000,£50,000 - £100,000,Up to £1,000

    Closing Date: 9 September, 2024

  • BBC Children in Need Emergency Essential Programme Open for Applications

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date:

  • Grants of up to £8,000 Available to Enhance Community Facilities

    Funding Available: £5,000 - £20,000

    Closing Date: 14 July, 2024

  • DPO Centre Accepting Applications for Charity and Community Fund

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 1 August, 2024

  • Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens 1 July for Applications Focused on Food Poverty (UK)

    Funding Available: Up to £1,000

    Closing Date: 31 July, 2024

  • Funding for Work Raising Awareness of Issues Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities Face

    Funding Available: Up to £5,000

    Closing Date: 31 July, 2024

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs Invites Applications for Annual Programme

    Funding Available: £1,000 - £5,000

    Closing Date: 24 July, 2024

  • Freelands Foundation Invites Applications to Inclusive Practices Fund 2024

    Funding Available: £1,000 - £5,000,£5,000 - £20,000

    Closing Date: 19 July, 2024

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