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

  • 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’
  • Allegro Choir Are Celebrating 10 years of singing Together and Raising Over £50,000 for Charities and community Groups
  • Active Southend-on-Thames brings free and subsidised activities to our waters this Summer!

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

  • Southchurch Day

    On: 15 June, 2024

    Delivered by: Project Southchurch in partnership with SHIP - Southchurch Hall Inspirational Parkers and Southend Museums.

  • Around the World in 80 Minutes

    On: 16 June, 2024

    Delivered by: Allegro Choir and Challenging MND

  • Advocates Network Meeting

    On: 18 June, 2024

    Delivered by: Supporting the Supporters

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

  • 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

  • Grant Applications

    On: 6 June, 2024

    Delivered by: ABSS & Triceratops Training

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Southend Residents Urged to Share Concerns in Community Safety Survey
  • Digital Essex – Pupil Premium and 16-19 Bursary Information
  • Open Arts

Opportunities to Get Involved

  • Have your say on the future strategy of Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
  • Inter-Charity Quiz – Fundraising and Networking Opportunity
  • 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!
  • Southend Libraries Volunteer Opportunity
  • Academy Committee Representatives – Volunteer Opportunity

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: Southend Foodbank

    Role Type: Full Time

    Salary: £25,000/year pro rata to £16,667

    Closing Date: 18/06/2024

Funding Opportunities

  • £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

  • Warburtons Offers Small Grants to Benefit British Families in Need

    Funding Available: Up to £500

    Closing Date: 5 August, 2024

  • Morrisons Foundation Continues to Make a Difference in Local Communities Across Britain

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date:

  • Get a share of £1m in funding

    Funding Available:

    Closing Date: 1 August, 2024

  • Screwfix Foundation Supports Causes that Change People’s Lives Across the UK

    Funding Available: Up to £5,000

    Closing Date: 10 November, 2024

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