There are several ways to support a charity or community group. You may be ready to volunteer straight away. You may prefer to have some support to get ready to volunteer. Or the 'Time Bank' volunteering option may be perfect for you. Find out about the options here.
What We Do
The Volunteer Centre at SAVS has a range of exciting volunteering opportunities within our different projects – for example, you could volunteer as a Childcare Assistant with our A Better Start Southend project, or try your hand as a Bicycle Mechanic with our South Essex Active Travel project, you may prefer to dabble in Marketing our Timebanking project – there are so many different roles to choose from!.
Would you like to Volunteer?
If you are thinking of volunteering with us or would like to find out more, you can visit the website www.volunteeressex.org register online and browse opportunities available at SAVS. If you would prefer to meet with us and discuss volunteering in more detail and what the options are please contact us on 01702 356000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering makes such a huge difference to your local community – we would love to hear from you!
SAVS Supported Volunteering Project
Do you struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety or isolation? Or have you experienced mental ill health? Would you like support to start volunteering?
The Supported Volunteering Project could be right for you
- If you are a looking for a volunteer role and have experienced mental ill health.
- If you are an organisation that would like to take on a volunteer with extra support needs.
- If you would like to refer someone who may have experienced mental ill health.
Volunteering can offer you:
- increased self confidence
- a chance to gain new skills
- an opportunity to make new friends
- the chance to get involved in something more enjoyable
- and much more…
About Supported Volunteering
This project, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will support people who may have some experience of mental ill health.
Our aim is to give volunteers quality one on one support to increase confidence and self-worth, to provide training to highlight skills and experience and help to identify the type of volunteering the volunteer would like to pursue.
We also aim to break down the myths and stigma that surround mental ill health, helping both the prospective volunteers, and organisations that host them, overcome any issues.
Time bank volunteering is about people helping people. It’s a community of people who provide a supportive network sharing their skills, using time as a unit of credit. For every hour you spend helping someone you earn one-time bank credit. You can then use this credit to ask someone for an hour of their time, or donate them to the Community Pot for someone who is unable to earn their own hours.
We are looking for community-minded groups and organisations to join the Southend Time Bank. Help us make Southend a better place, one hour at a time!
It’s free to become a member of the Time Bank and it’s open to anyone regardless of age, ability, skills or situation. We have people with all kinds of skills registered with us, from teaching a musical instrument to gardening, from dog walking to befriending. Time bank members only do what they want, when they want and are under no obligation or commitment. It’s an excellent way to get into volunteering without any regular commitment. Everyone has different skills and talents to offer and all are valued equally.