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

  • Essex friends’ half marathon for childhood cancer
  • St.Mark’s Church garden given makeover thanks to local support
  • Safe Steps families entertained during half-term with creative craft activities
  • Micro Orchard at Bournes Green Park
  • New Greenhouse Will Benefit Over 55’s Club Members
  • Southend YMCA: All In Music (AIM)
  • Active Southend-on-Thames launches with an open call to activity providers and the voluntary sector
  • Good News Stories from our Community Builders (January 2024)

Community Events

  • Careers Fair 2024

    On: 5 March, 2024

    Delivered by:

  • SSIF SEND Parent Carer Wellbeing Day

    On: 5 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend SEND Independent Forum

  • World Book Day Event

    On: 6 March, 2024

    Delivered by: A Better Start Southend

  • Red Chilliezs Night

    On: 6 March, 2024

    Delivered by: SVP Southend

  • Early identification and support of SEND in schools

    On: 7 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Southend SEND Independent Forum

Training & Workshops

  • Make Every Contact Count Training

    On: 1 January, 2024

    Delivered by: Everyone Health

  • Free Mental Health Training

    On: 1 February, 2024

    Delivered by: Friends For Lives

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Champion Training

    On: 12 February, 2024

    Delivered by: Business in the Community

  • Southend safeguarding Training – Face to Face – Improving outcomes for Children

    On: 13 March, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Southend Safeguarding Partnership

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

    On: 18 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Various

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

  • St.Mark’s Church garden given makeover thanks to local support
  • New Greenhouse Will Benefit Over 55’s Club Members
  • Triple T’s Enjoy Hands-on First Aid Course
  • Good News Stories from our Community Builders (January 2024)

SAVS Training & Events

  • Southend safeguarding Training – Face to Face – Improving outcomes for Children

    On: 13 March, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Southend Safeguarding Partnership

  • Beginners Guide to Writing Successful Funding Applications

    On: 18 March, 2024

    Delivered by: Susannah Anderson Fundraising

  • An Overview of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

    On: 3 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24 April, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

SAVS Lunchinars Logo

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

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Community Information

  • Community Safety Expo 24 Hears Partnership Work Key to Getting Crime Down
  • Hadleigh Tearoom
  • Announcement by the Trustees of Batias
  • Maternal mental health service expands to support patients in South East Essex
  • Look better and feel better with our Free NHS Digital Weight Loss Programme
  • HARP24 the ultimate endurance race – 6/7 July 2024
  • Southend-on-Sea City Council challenges residents to reduce their rubbish to One Black Bag a Week!
  • Specialist Suicide Bereavement Service

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • London Southend Airport Community Noise Forum (LSACNF)
  • Help the Rotary Club of Leigh-on-Sea Celebrate the 20th Great Pier Walk, Raise Funds for the Southend Hospital Spotlight Appeal and Raise Funds for your Own Charity
  • Southend Business Partnership Briefing
  • Become a Leader with Essex Volunteer Police Cadets!
  • 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

  • Organisation: NYAS

    Role Type: Part Time

    Salary: £16-£18 per hour

    Closing Date:

  • Organisation: Welcome to the UK

    Role Type: Part Time

    Salary: £21, 840.00 per annum

    Closing Date:

  • Organisation: Age Concern Southend

    Role Type: Part Time

    Salary: £7.49 to £11.44 per hour according to age and experience.

    Closing Date:

  • Organisation: The Yellow Door

    Role Type: Full Time

    Salary: £20,930.00

    Closing Date: 19/01/2024

Funding Opportunities

  • South East Essex Alliance Health Inequalities Fund opens to innovative and collaborative projects
  • New Charity Offers Grants to Support People in Fuel and Food Poverty in Great Britain
  • VCSE Energy Efficiency Scheme
  • Grants of up to £5,000 Available to Charities Supporting Vulnerable & Disadvantaged People
  • Community Funding for Christian Charities and Organisations Across the UK and Ireland