Author: Roger Savage (Roger Savage)

Parent Champion Stories: Charlie
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Parent Champion Stories: Charlie

Charlie has been involved with in the project for seven Months. Charlie has completed the Parent Champion training and is involved in every aspect to do with the A Better Start Southend. She describes herself as a single parent to two girls. The girls are varied in age from one that is 15 years old...

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SOSDAP – Helpline Practitioner

Helpline Practitioner – Full Time (shifts) based in Southend-on-Sea SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is a Southend based charity working with victims of domestic abuse, with over 40 years’ experience of service delivery. As from April 2019 we will be delivering a single point of access for the whole of Essex, so women, men, young people...

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SOSDAP – PA

Office Manager/PA to CEO – (Three – Six Months Temporary) Westcliff based SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is looking to recruit additional staff to its services for women and children who are affected by domestic abuse in the borough of Southend. The ideal candidate will be responsible for providing secretarial support to the CEO undertaking HR,...

SAVS awarded £102,907 by BBC Children in Need
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SAVS awarded £102,907 by BBC Children in Need

Triple T Clubs for 8-13yrs olds living in the most disadvantaged areas of Southend. SAVS have recently received funding from BBC Children in Need to the total £102,907. Over the next three years, the grant will fund the salary of two part-time staff, travel, materials, volunteers and other project costs to continue supporting our youth...

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SECE Mind: Marketing Assistant

Post: Marketing Assistant (Fixed Term for 6 months) Salary: £16,000.00 per annum pro rata Hours: 22.5 hours p.w. to be worked flexibly Contract Type: Fixed Term, with possibility of job becoming a permanent role. Southend-on-Sea area with some travel to events and meetings. Job Summary: Essential Qualifications and Experience: Skills and Knowledge: Graphic Design Skills...

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HARP – Eviction Prevention & Landlord Liaison Officer

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life? HARP is Southend-on-Sea’s homelessness charity, helping over 1,000 people every year who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We provide essential services like food, clothing and washing facilities, as well as emergency and...

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Family Action – Children’s Centre Cluster Manager

Southend Children’s Centre £34,033 – £37,973 per annum 37 hours per week (This post may involve occasional weekends or evenings) Are you passionate about working with and supporting children and their families? Family Action are a national charity celebrating their 150th year of providing excellent services in communities. We are looking for an experienced and...

W/E 29 March Funding Opportunities
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W/E 29 March Funding Opportunities

Grants for Projects Supporting Young Children (UK) (Closing date 30th April 2019) From 1st April 2019, registered and exempted Charities will be able to apply for a grant of up to £5,000 to help them to deliver projects aimed at young children that tackle child exploitation; provide mentoring and support and support children’s clubs and...

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Havens Hospice – Volunteer Services Advisor

We are looking for a Volunteer Services Advisor Full Time (37.5 hours per week) Including Occasional Evening & Weekends Based at Little Havens Closing date: 4th April 2019 The patients and children we care for have been diagnosed with an illness which could shorten their life, such as cancer. But everyone matters at Havens Hospices....

Parent Champion Stories: Kirsty
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Parent Champion Stories: Kirsty

Kirsty has been involved with A Better Start since September 2018, having attended the HENRY programme, and she has also now become a Parent Champion. Previous to being involved with A Better Start, Kirsty felt very isolated as an unemployed, single mum who didn’t have family or friends nearby. She felt very alone but now...

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SOS Domestic Abuse Projects – Helpline Practitioner

– Full Time (shifts) based in Southend-on-Sea SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is a Southend based charity working with victims of domestic abuse, with over 40 years’ experience of service delivery. As from April 2019 we will be delivering a single point of access for the whole of Essex, so women, men, young people and children...

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SOS Domestic Abuse Projects – Helpline Team Lead

– Full Time About the role: SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is the leading charity working with victims of domestic abuse in Southend, with over 40 years’ experience of service delivery. As from 01 April 2019 we will be delivering a single point of access for the whole of Essex, so women, men, young people and...

SAVS wins contract giving parents a voice in innovative new services
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SAVS wins contract giving parents a voice in innovative new services

Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) have been awarded a contract to continue delivering community engagement services for A Better Start Southend. The contract, potentially lasting up to five-years, will be delivered through SAVS’ Turning Tides team and was awarded following a competitive tendering process with a number of potential service providers expressing an interest....

Mental Health project supports people into volunteering
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Mental Health project supports people into volunteering

The Supported Volunteering Project, which SAVS delivers thanks to funding by the National Lottery Community Fund, finds voluntary roles for people who may have experienced mental ill health in the Southend area. The successful project has run for 8 years and helped over 400 people. The project co-ordinator, Rachel Rooks, holds one to one sessions...

‘Folk like Us’ Project Expands – NEXT STOP SHOEBURYNESS!
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‘Folk like Us’ Project Expands – NEXT STOP SHOEBURYNESS!

Breaking Loneliness and Isolation Southend Association of Voluntary Services and Shoebury Residents Association announce the expansion of the ‘Folk like Us’ project in to Shoebury. The project will provide support and information to lonely isolated and elderly residents living in Shoebury. The project expansion is possible as SAVS has been successful in securing a grant...

Essex and SOS Care Services Directory 2019 Released
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Essex and SOS Care Services Directory 2019 Released

Essex and Southend-on-Sea Care Services Directory 2019 – for information on care providers and care homes in Essex. This independent care guide has been produced by Care Choices to help you make decisions about care in Essex and Southend-on-Sea. Use it to find care homes near you, home care in your area, and much more....

Parent Champion Stories: Jemma
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Parent Champion Stories: Jemma

Jemma first became involved with A Better Start Southend through an engagement event; a Christmas celebration activity held at the Kursaal Suites 2017. Jemma said “the event was so busy and had a real buzz with families enjoying the day, so I signed up and asked about other activities I could get involved in”. The...

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Parent Champion Stories: Jayne

Jayne first became involved with A Better Start Southend in June 2018, where she was referred through to SAVS by her Health Visitor as Jayne had expressed an interest in getting involved with the community and trying to build her confidence through meeting new people. Before joining, her anxiety and self esteem levels were low,...

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PiP goes for a Coffee with Cops

Last month, Parent Champion Michelle went along to a ‘Coffee with Cops’ session at Debenhams. Armed with a list of questions from parents and a bucket of enthusiasm, here’s the interview in full. What can I do to make my home safer? Are there inspections or home advise visits from the police? Similar to the...

Recognition for effective governance and management in voluntary organisations
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Recognition for effective governance and management in voluntary organisations

Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) has recently achieved the PQASSO Quality Mark award recognising the excellent work it does as a third sector organisation in England. “We are extremely delighted to have achieved this award as it demonstrates the high quality service we aim to provide at SAVS. The assessment was pretty tough and...