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Funding Opportunities W/E 12th July 2019
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Funding Opportunities W/E 12th July 2019

Safeguarding Training Fund Opens for Applications  (Expressions of Interest by 21st July 2019) The National Lottery Community Fund, together with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport have launched phase 2 of the Safeguarding Training Fund. The first phase is currently supporting the ‘Safer Social Sector Partnership’ led by NCVO to design a national...

NEW SAVS Quarterly Newsletter
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NEW SAVS Quarterly Newsletter

We are very pleased to announce that the first issue of the newly designed SAVS Newsletter has been published. You can view the Newsletter online by clicking here. Alternatively, you can download a PDF version of the Newsletter by clicking here. As part of our dedication to promoting the VCFSE sector in Southend-on-Sea, as well as connecting...

Funding Opportunities W/E 5th July
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Funding Opportunities W/E 5th July

Co-op Food Share Partners locally Food Share Partners are charitable organisations that collect food from Co-op stores which is being cleared out at 9pm of an evening. The type of produce available can change, and not one partner has to benefit every evening of the week – it could be that you collect once a...

W/E 7th June 2019 – Funding Opportunities
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W/E 7th June 2019 – Funding Opportunities

Grants for Talented Music Writers and Producers (UK) (Closing date 24th June 2019) Funding is available to UK based songwriters and producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits. The aim of the funding is to support songwriters and producers in the creation of new music. The funding is...

W/e 31st May – Funding Opportunities
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W/e 31st May – Funding Opportunities

Funding Available for Small Community Projects (UK) (Closing date 16th June 2019) Small, local organisations needing funding for projects that help communities come together have until 16th June 2019 to apply for a grant. The Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to Co-op stores and funeral homes. The...

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...