16th December 2014
Southend Association for Voluntary Services (SAVS) is celebrating after been awarded £339,076 from the Reaching Communities programme of the Big Lottery fund. The funding will enable SAVS to support older people who are isolated and lonely.
“We are delighted to have been successful in our funding application to the Reaching Communities programme. This funding will help older people in Southend who are lonely and isolated to access all the fantastic services and activities that are provided by the voluntary and community sector in Southend,” says Alison Semmence, Chief Executive of SAVS.
”Older people often tell us they don’t know what is available for them, or if they do, they don’t have the transport to get there, or they don’t have the confidence to go on their own. Our Turning Tides team will provide the support necessary to link these people up so they can join in and in many cases, transform their lives.
“It is such a simple idea but we know from our daily experience of meeting people who are isolated and disconnected from their community, that it is needed. We can’t wait to get started and help people change their lives!”
The project, Folk like us, will be run from the SAVS offices in Alexandra Street and will start in April 2015.