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

  • FREE ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars by A Better Start Southend
  • Successful March Events for St Vincent’s Centre, Southend
  • SAVS Supported Volunteering Project Enjoy Training Session at the Gym Group Southend
  • SAVS Community Builders Visits St Luke’s Community Hub
  • Supported Volunteering Southend Litter Pick
  • Community Meeting at the Shoebury Youth Centre
  • SAVS spends time with PICCPALS
  • SAVS Launches New Innovative App Benefiting the Voluntary Sector

Community Events

  • The Timeless Tea Dementia Café

    On: 26 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Kathryn Court Care Home

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

    On: 29 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

  • Tea & Tots Westcliff

    On: 10 April, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • Catchment to Coast

    On: 17 April, 2024

    Delivered by: Catchment to Coast

  • Wellbeing and Recovery Conference

    On: 18 April, 2024

    Delivered by: Trustlinks

Training & Workshops

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

    On: 29 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

  • FREE Health Care Coaching and Personalised E-Learning Course

    On: 9 April, 2024

    Delivered by: NHS Mid and South Essex

  • Top of the Pops: Top 20 tools and platforms for charities

    On: 17 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS Lunchinar with Ionic Digital

  • How to Stay Safe Online: Cyber Security & Online Hygiene Workshop

    On: 22 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Essex Police

  • Good Governance and Sustainable Boards Workshop

    On: 23 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Triceratops Training

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

  • FREE ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars by A Better Start Southend
  • SAVS Supported Volunteering Project Enjoy Training Session at the Gym Group Southend
  • SAVS Community Builders Visits St Luke’s Community Hub
  • Supported Volunteering Southend Litter Pick

SAVS Training & Events

  • Tea & Tots Westcliff

    On: 10 April, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • Top of the Pops: Top 20 tools and platforms for charities

    On: 17 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS Lunchinar with Ionic Digital

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

    On: 20 April, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • How to Stay Safe Online: Cyber Security & Online Hygiene Workshop

    On: 22 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Essex Police

  • Good Governance and Sustainable Boards Workshop

    On: 23 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Triceratops Training

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

SAVS Lunchinars Logo

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

SAVS Lunchinars Graphic
  • Top of the Pops: Top 20 tools and platforms for charities

    On: 17 April, 2024

    At: 12:00 pm

  • Early Maths Matters

    On: 26 April, 2024

    At: 1:00 pm

  • Grant Applications

    On: 6 June, 2024

    At: 1:00 pm

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    At: 1:00 pm

Community Information

  • Volunteer opportunities at the Cluny Square Community Cafe
  • Fifth Sense
  • Introducing the SSP Community Forum
  • The Change Hub – Service Overview
  • Find Your Active
  • Essex County Fire and Rescue Service Launches Campaign to Cut False Alarms
  • Lady McAdden Pop-Up Dress Shop
  • Free Blood Pressure Checks in Pharmacy

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Greater Essex Domestic Abuse Service Redesign
  • Community Dementia Support Services Online Survey
  • Changes to Neonatal Care
  • Southend Libraries Volunteer Opportunity
  • Calling all CICs – CIC Annual Report 2023-24 Case Studies
  • Academy Committee Representatives – Volunteer Opportunity
  • Off the Streets Trustee Board
  • Financial Wellbeing Sessions

Sector Jobs

Funding Opportunities

  • Core Funding for Local Charities Providing Hospice Care in the UK

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

    Closing Date:

  • New Social Investment Fund Opens for Applications from Across the UK

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date:

  • Funding to Reduce the Likelihood of Children Becoming Involved in Crimes

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 24 May, 2024

  • SELCO Community Heroes

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 31 August, 2024

  • New Funding Opportunity for the Youth Homelessness Sector

    Funding Available: Over £100,000

    Closing Date: 7 May, 2024

  • Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust Opens for Second Round of 2024

    Funding Available: Up to £5,000

    Closing Date: 30 April, 2024

  • Children’s Short Breaks – Main Grant Application 2024-2025

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 30 April, 2024

  • Funding of up to £1,000,000 is now available from Biffa Award!

    Funding Available: Over £100,000

    Closing Date: 31 May, 2024

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