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

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Day
  • CASSS Mental Health Event
  • HARP, Southend’s Homeless Charity, Shop Opening
  • Earth Day & St George’s Day
  • Little Heroes ASD Support Forever Hub
  • Liberty Ladies Raise Money for Local Charities HARP and Carers First Southend.
  • The Southend Volunteer Awards are here!
  • Healthwatch Community Assembly

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

  • Little Heroes ASD Support Open Day

    On: 31 May, 2024

    Delivered by: Little Heroes ASD Support

  • Creative Open Day at Focal Point Gallery

    On: 1 June, 2024

    Delivered by: Focal Point Gallery

  • Neurodivergent Changes and Challenges During Puberty

    On: 5 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SEND the Right Message (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

  • Grant Applications

    On: 6 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & 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

  • 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

  • Drug & Alcohol: Ageing Populations Workshop

    On: 6 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS & Southend City Council

  • Building an Organisational Strategy

    On: 11 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

  • Five to Thrive

    On: 19 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & KCA Associates

  • SAVS Networking Brunch

    On: 24 June, 2024

    Delivered by: SAVS

SAVS Lunchinars Logo

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

SAVS Lunchinars Graphic

Community Information

  • Open Arts
  • Southend’s Best Start Survey
  • New Project Launch: Growing Together for Dementia
  • New NHS campaign launches to promote health smiles in mid and south Essex
  • Companies House Fees Information
  • Carers Week 2024 – Southend Carers
  • My Care Record
  • Send the Right Message Monthly Events

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Research on Poverty and Children’s Social Care: Focus Group Recruitment
  • Our City, Around the World
  • Breast Screening Survey
  • Become a Family Mentor!
  • Prost8 First Ever London to Southend Bike Ride!
  • Leisure Centres Consultation
  • The Southend Volunteer Awards are here!
  • Nature School Tender

Sector Jobs

Funding Opportunities

  • Wolfson Foundation’s ‘Funding for Places’ Grants Programme Opens for Second Round (UK)

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

    Closing Date: 1 July, 2024

  • Funding for Racial Justice & Mental Health Projects

    Funding Available: Up to £5,000

    Closing Date: 30 May, 2024

  • Funding to Empower Vulnerable, Disadvantaged & Under-Represented Communities

    Funding Available: Up to £500

    Closing Date: 21 June, 2024

  • 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

  • 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

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