Category: News

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...

W/E 24th May 2019 – Funding Opportunities
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W/E 24th May 2019 – Funding Opportunities

Masonic Charitable Foundation Programme to Support Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Older People (England and Wales) (Closing date for small grants 31st May and closing date for large grants 19th August) Local and national charities in England and Wales can apply to the Later Life Inclusions grants programme run by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Later Life...

W/E 17th May 2019
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W/E 17th May 2019

Funding for Projects that Engage the Public with Dementia (UK) (Closing date 31st May 2019) Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new funding programme to tackle misconceptions around dementia and promote the importance of dementia research. Grants are available to organisations and people with ideas, passion and ability to realise innovative public engagement projects –...

Meet the Funder: In Year Grants
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Meet the Funder: In Year Grants

SAVS recently held a ‘Meet the Funder’ event with a focus on In Year Grants from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. In Year Grants are available for pump-priming new groups, emergency matters arising for existing groups and additional for special events that contribute towards community week-being and promote community cohesion and social inclusion with the borough. Here...

W/E 10th May – Funding Opportunities
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W/E 10th May – Funding Opportunities

Grants for Families Facing Financial Hardship Whilst Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness (UK) (Closing Date 31st May 2019) Families facing financial hardship whilst caring for a child with a serious illness can apply for grants of up to £1,000 per child to fund a variety of essential items and services including (but...

W/E 3rd May Funding Opportunities
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W/E 3rd May Funding Opportunities

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust Increases in Grant Spending (UK) The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has announced plans to significantly increase grant spending from around £7 million per year, to over £10 million per year, for the next ten years. The additional funding will help to meet demand following a steady rise in grant applications. The...

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...

W/E 25 April Funding Opportunities
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W/E 25 April Funding Opportunities

Support for the Homeless Charities and Hospices (England and Wales) CRASH, the construction and property industries’ charity assists homelessness charities and hospices in England and Wales with their construction projects. CRASH offers help in a practical way as well as providing cash grants. CRASH does this by supporting improvements to hospices, hostels, day centres, night...

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...

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...

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Sainsburys Support SAVS as Their Charity of the Year

Sainsburys Local, Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff have nominated Southend Association of Voluntary Services as their charity of the year 2018/19. There has been a hive of activity at Sainsburys Local in recent weeks; a SAVS volunteer has designed and installed an impressive promotional board to raise the profile of the charity and engage the staff...

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...