Turning Tides is a project of Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) and carries out community-based projects in conjunction with partner organisations.  Turning Tides promotes active citizenship and offers a range of activities for young people living in disadvantaged areas of Central Southend as well as supporting isolated older people living across the Borough. Turning Tides encourages involvement in social activities, volunteering, training and environmental projects. More details about the work we do can be found below.  All Turning Tides staff are Community Safety Accredited by Essex Police.

OLDER PEOPLE — Folk Like Us project has been extremely fortunate to receive Lottery Funded for a further three years until the end of March 2021.   Folk Like Us provides support and advice to people  over the age of 65, living in the borough of Southend who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. These people are supported by Turning Tides Team Leaders and if required will be signposted to  services who can assist them further.  Folk Like Us has The Hub meeting area on the ground floor of SAVS, which gives a welcoming andcomfortable environment for older people who ‘drop-in’ asking for help and information.  The Hub opens Monday to Friday 10am-2pm.

YOUNGER PEOPLE — Children from central Southend have Triple T’s clubs to help inspire them and raise their aspirations with thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need.   Funding provides weekly sessions for youngsters aged 8-13 years.  Triple T clubs are run by a Turning Tides Team Leader and Assistant, along with a team of local volunteers and will give the youngsters the chance to try out new activities such as first aid, and learn more about the place they live through visits to and from the local fire station, coastguards and police station.  We aim to give them the opportunity to broaden their outlook and achieve their full potential.

EARLY YEARS — A Better Start Southend (ABSS) has teamed up with SAVS to involve the local community in creating better services for Southend’s children and families.  The parent engagement element of A Better Start Southend, which is being delivered by Turning Tides, will work to  introduce a range of ways that parents in Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness wards can get involved.  This will include parent led meetings, recruiting and training parent champions and developing a volunteer programme.

SAFER COMMUNITIES — Safe As Houses is a crime prevention initiative being delivered by Turning Tides and has been funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.  Working in partnership with Essex Police, a team of specially trained volunteers visit identified elderly people living in the borough of Southend giving advice on how to deal with doorstep and postal fraud and raising awareness and bogus callers and scams.

The Turning Tides team

  • Anthony Quinn – Turning Tides Team Manager
  • Heather Ward – Turning Tides Project Support Worker
  • Hayley Duff – Team Leader – Triple T’s & Senior Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Roger Savage – Team Leader – Triple T’s/Communications Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Lee Bagnall – Team Leader – Folk Like Us
  • Paul Blackburn – Team Leader – Folk Like Us
  • Sarah Bower – Team Leader – Folk Like Us/Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Georgia Cleaver – Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Rachael Gardner – Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Libby Beauchamp-Stansfield – Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Sharen Staines – Engagement Officer – A Better Start
  • Tracey Knott – Database Administrator – A Better Start
Contact us at:
Turning Tides Team
Southend Association of Voluntary Services
SAVS Centre
29-31 Alexandra Street

Tel: 01702 356070
Email: turningtides@savs-southend.co.uk
Twitter: @turning_tides