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

  • CASSS Mental Health Event
  • HARP, Southend’s Homeless Charity, Shop Opening
  • 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!

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

  • Hamlet Court Road Art Trail

    On: 20 May, 2024

    Delivered by:

  • FREE Virtual Fundraisers Networking

    On: 23 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Get Grants

  • Cost of Living – Drop-In Session

    On: 24 May, 2024

    Delivered by: STRM

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 Health Care Coaching and Personalised E-Learning Course

    On: 20 May, 2024

    Delivered by: NHS Mid and South Essex

  • Free Infection Prevention Control Training

    On: 21 May, 2024

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

  • Sexual Health in the Community Training – Southend Professionals Training

    On: 23 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Brook

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

  • 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 Networking Brunch

    On: 24 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • County Lines & Cuckooing Training

    On: 18 July, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS, Southend Against Modern Slavery (SAMS) & Essex Police

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

    On: 20 July, 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

  • Community Connect Vehicle – Castle Point & Rochford
  • New NHS campaign launches to promote health smiles in mid and south Essex
  • Companies House Fees Information
  • Carers Week 2024 – Southend Carers
  • Community Event and Walk-in Vaccination Clinic
  • My Care Record
  • New Maternity and Neonatal Independent Senior Advocate Role Pilot Launched in Mid and South Essex
  • Send the Right Message Monthly Events

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Breast Screening Survey
  • 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

Sector Jobs

Funding Opportunities

  • Sport England Launches New £160m Movement Fund

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

    Closing Date: 31 December, 2024

  • Household Support Fund open for applications via the Southend Emergency Fund

    Funding Available: Up to £3,000

    Closing Date: 10 June, 2024

  • 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

  • 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

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