Category: Community Engagement

Parent Champion Stories: Donna
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Parent Champion Stories: Donna

Donna has been involved with A Better Start since September 2018; she was asked along to a Coffee Session by a friend and has now become a Parent Champion. Before she found A Better Start, Donna had been uprooted to Shoebury where she did not know anyone, being a single parent of two with low...

Turning Tides launch rail safety book with c2c and British Transport Police
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Turning Tides launch rail safety book with c2c and British Transport Police

Children from Southend community group Turning Tides joined Trenitalia-owned train operator c2c and the British Transport Police (BTP) on Saturday to officially launch its new book Mo: A Day on the Train. Approximately 50 children plus a life sized cardboard cutout of Mo celebrated the launch at Southend Central station along with book illustrator John...

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...

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...

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...

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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Want to know more about the Folk Like Us project?

Here’s all you need to know about our fantastic project ‘Folk Like Us’ which is funded by the Big Lottery. Click here …Folk Like Us FLYER – Sept 2017 We support people over the age of 65 living in the borough of Southend who are experiencing isolation and loneliness. Here’s what some of the older...

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Triple T’s Club Buddies

There were proud smiles all round this week when Club Buddies from the Triple T’s Youth Club were awarded with their achievement certificates. The certificates marked their progress in the Triple T’s Club Buddy Scheme which is targeted at young teenagers who volunteer at the Children in Need funded Youth Clubs on 3 of Southend’s...

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Folk Like Us help Triple T’s member, Marcus

Folk Like Us Steering Group representative, Jackie Wainwright was honoured to present a cheque for £220.53 to Marcus and his mum Scarlet.    Marcus who is just 12,  is a member of the Triple T’s Woodgrange Club.   Marcus has cerebal palsy and fundraising aims to provide the additional specialist physiotherapy Marcus needs to help him one...

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Triple T’s get to party in London!

Twenty lucky Triple T club children were lucky enough to attend the annual Taxi Drivers Charity Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Grosvenor Hotel in London recently.   Hundreds of children attended and all had a wonderful experience.    The party rocked and there were celebrities everywhere.    Thank you so very much for inviting us!...

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Christmas Hampers for our Better Start Parent Champions!

We used gift cards generously donated to SAVS by Tesco Extra in Southend to make up some fabulous food hampers.   These were delivered just before Christmas by Engagement Officer, Georgia to our Volunteer  Parent Champions to say thank you for their hard work, time and support they give to A Better Start project.      ...

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Folk Like Us Connect at Christmas

Seventy Folk Like Us members attended the Christmas Connect event which this year was held at the Royal Naval Association in East Street, Southend. Everyone enjoyed the festive buffet lunch and raffle.   A special thank you must go to a group of year 2 children from St Mary’s Primary who came along to sing their nativity...

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Inaugural flight for some lucky Triple T children!

Three lucky Triple T’s got to go on an aeroplane for the first ever time ever with Team Leader Hayley.   They all had such a brilliant time and we would like to thank to London Southend Airport’s Community Team for donating the seats to us as part of their fundraising Santa Flight’s Weekend in December....

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Triple T’s Christmas Laser Party

63 excited children enjoyed laser tag and soft play for their Triple T’s Christmas party. Turning Tides would like to thank Arriva Essex for providing a double decker bus, driver Matthew for transporting the children to and from the Mega Centre in Rayleigh and also to Sainsbury’s.  Turning Tides is fortunate enough to be Sainsbury’s in...

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Local Business support Triple T’s at Christmas

Wow!  Such amazing generosity from the staff at the Hood Group in Southend, BP in Westwood Benfleet and Southend Borough Council’s Toy Drive who collected gifts for children living in our disadvantaged areas.   Yours acts of kindness help to make many childrens’ Christmas.   Thank you so much to you all on their behalf.    ...

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Breakfast with Santa

Our tiny Triple T’s enjoyed the magic of Christmas during a breakfast with Santa funded by the Southend Lions Club which took place at the Brewers Fayre along Southend’s Eastern Esplanade. Lots of final requests from the children – one even asked for a speedboat!   Good luck Santa!

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Spreading the Folk Like Us word!

Folk Like Us Team Leader Sarah, recently attended the Active Aging Event at Victoria Shopping Centre in Southend to promote services and projects for older people.    

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A Better Start Parent Champions

Four more Parent Champions have completed their training! Congratulations to Nicky, Michelle, Julia and Brenda. We now have 20 Parent Champions across six Better Start wards.