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

  • Lower Thames Rowing Club Kick Off Active Southend-on-Thames with a Big Splash
  • Local Children’s Cancer Charity Celebrates 6th Birthday
  • Activate: Empowering Vulnerable Youth Through Drama
  • Southend BID’s National Accreditation
  • HARP Appeals for Runners for HARP2.4 Children’s Fun Run
  • Aussie Night & Harmony Festival
  • 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

  • Meet the Funder: Drug and Alcohol Recovery Opportunities Fund

    On: 20 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Southend City Council

  • Cake Club Summer Market

    On: 22 June, 2024

    Delivered by: Cake Club

  • Family Fun Day

    On: 22 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SVP Southend

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

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & KCA Associates

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

  • SAVS Celebrates Volunteers’ Week by Thanking their Volunteers with a Special Seaside Event
  • Southend Volunteer Hub helps NCI Southend Secure Volunteer ‘Watchkeepers’
  • Foodbank Vouchers from SAVS
  • FREE ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars by A Better Start Southend

SAVS Training & Events

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & KCA Associates

  • Meet the Funder: Drug and Alcohol Recovery Opportunities Fund

    On: 20 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Southend City Council

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • Meet the Funder – Fowler, Smith & Jones

    On: 10 July, 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

SAVS Lunchinars Logo

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

SAVS Lunchinars Graphic

Community Information

  • Essex Wellbeing Service – Free Weight Management Courses
  • Essex and Southend-on-Sea Care Services Directory
  • Musical Instrument Hire for Southend Students
  • Plans in place to keep you safe ahead of Euro 2024
  • Community Safety Unit Newsletter June 2024
  • General Election Information 2024
  • Raising Southend: a Festival of Conversations 2024
  • University of Essex Trauma Research Project

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Call for Volunteers – join us and be one of our Angels!
  • Have your say on the future strategy of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Inequalities Local Outreach Project
  • Research on Poverty and Children’s Social Care: Focus Group Recruitment
  • Our City, Around the World
  • Prost8 First Ever London to Southend Bike Ride!
  • Academy Committee Representatives – Volunteer Opportunity
  • London Southend Airport Community Noise Forum (LSACNF)

Sector Jobs

  • Organisation: Carers First

    Role Type: Full Time

    Salary: £25,500 per annum

    Closing Date:

  • Organisation: MALDON & DISTRICT COMMUNITY VOLUNTARY SERVICE

    Role Type: Part Time

    Salary: £12per hour

    Closing Date:

  • Organisation: MALDON & DISTRICT COMMUNITY VOLUNTARY SERVICE

    Role Type: Full Time

    Salary: £23,500-£27,000 per annum, pro rata

    Closing Date:

  • Organisation: Safe Steps

    Role Type: Full Time

    Salary: Further information upon request, but subject to qualifications and relevant experience – £26,421 - £29,269pa

    Closing Date: 21/06/2024

Funding Opportunities

  • Exclusive Internal Defibrillator Scheme Across the UK

    Funding Available: Up to £1,000

    Closing Date:

  • Bupa Foundation Green Community Grants

    Funding Available: Up to £3,000

    Closing Date: 30 June, 2024

  • Funding for Projects Supporting Vulnerable Households Across Britain

    Funding Available: £20,000 - £50,000,Over £100,000

    Closing Date: 8 July, 2024

  • Islamic Relief UK Accepting Applications for 2024 Funding Round

    Funding Available: £1,000 - £5,000,£20,000 - £50,000,£5,000 - £20,000

    Closing Date: 8 July, 2024

  • £1.5 Million Fund to Tackle the Digital Divide

    Funding Available: Over £100,000

    Closing Date: 8 July, 2024

  • Core Funding for Small Charities Working With Disadvantaged Families, Prisoners and Ex-Offenders (UK)

    Funding Available: Up to £3,000

    Closing Date: 26 July, 2024

  • Co-op Local Community Fund

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date:

  • Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations Programme

    Funding Available: £50,000 - £100,000

    Closing Date: 28 August, 2024

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