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    Sun, sea and Centres for Warmth - £370,000 fund for Southend community services

    25 March 2024

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    • SAVS welcomes new Cadent partnership
    • £370,000 fund for Southend community services
    • 11 Centres for Warmth to help variety of community needs

    Leading the way, Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) is joining forces with Cadent in a new partnership that will see funding of £370,000 over the next two years as part of Cadent’s Centres for Warmth programme.

    SAVS will manage the investment that will be shared with ten other charities across Southend which will begin operating as additional Centres for Warmth locations.

    TTogether the partnership will enable individuals to access a variety of resources, help and advice including income maximisation advice, carbon monoxide safety and priority services register information as well as energy efficiency advice.
    The ten partners SAVS is working in partnership with and their services are:

    • Citizens Advice (Debt, Finance and Information & Guidance)
    • Southend Carers (Unpaid Carers)
    • South Essex Advocacy Services (Advocacy)
    • Send the Right Message (Special educational needs and disability)
    • Southend in Sight (Sight Loss Community)
    • Cake Club (Young Families)
    • Age Concern Southend (Older People)
    • Southend Foodbank (Emergency/Crisis)
    • One Love (Emergency/Crisis)
    • South Essex Community Hub

    Roger Savage, Deputy CEO at SAVS said, “Southend is known for its sun, beaches and ice cream but like other cities, it faces challenges too. This is a much needed boost to help those in the community who would benefit from extra support and advice during this cost of living crisis. We are pleased to be facilitating this funding, that we will co-ordinate between the ten charities to ensure our community receives the support needed in the right areas. The partners involved in the project have the resources, expertise and trusted relationships to best support the diverse communities and needs in Southend. We are proud to have such a thriving and vibrant Voluntary Sector in Southend, and this project projects can leverage and benefit from its reach.”

    Phil Burrows, Head of Social Vulnerability Social Programme at Cadent said, “This is our first group partnership in London, and we are happy to be launching this Centre for Warmth partnership in Southend.

    “The beauty of this partnership is that it will help a broad variety of people catering to the various needs of customers, including marginalized communities across Southend. People will be able to access so much more support, help and advice through this partnership with SAVS and the other charities.”

    Partners join in the celbration to launch Centres for Warmth in Southend.

    Centres for Warmth

    Our Centres for Warmth support people who are living in vulnerable situations keeping them warm, safe, and connected. The project is based on identifying and partnering with local charities in areas of high deprivation, fuel poverty, and risk to carbon monoxide poisoning, who are located close to areas where we are carrying out mains replacement work.

    Our charity partners will possess community centres that are positioned at the heart of their community, promoting togetherness and social interaction. Our partnership provides community centres with funding, resources, and training. Enabling charities to expand the service they offer to vulnerable households, offering trusted advice and be a lifeline for many.


    Southend Association of Voluntary Services is an independent charity known as a Council for Voluntary Services, or CVS. They work behind the scenes to help over 400 local charities and community groups achieve their full potential. They do this, for free, for anyone in the Voluntary, Community, Faith or Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector.

    Age Concern Southend

    Age Concern Southend are a small, independent charity based in Westcliff on Sea, Essex. They provide support, advice and services to older people in Southend and the surrounding communities. Whether you are looking for new social activities to meet people, make friends, find a new hobby or exercise you are sure to find something in their hub. Or, if you are in need of our befriending service, wheelchair hire, dementia services or general advice – they can help.

    Cake Club

    Cake Club is a registered charity offering parenting support and solidarity in the Southend area. They run in-person support and playgroups in a number of locations, with something on offer almost every day of the week. Cake Club was born out of a desire to provide support for parents in a non-judgmental and caring environment.

    Citizens Advice Southend

    Citizens Advice Southend provides free, confidential & impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives in Southend. They provide the advice people need for the problems they face and help to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives.

    The One Love Project

    The One Love Project is a registered charity offering practical and emotional support to the growing number of vulnerable adults and families in the Southend area. It’s open to anyone who needs a helping hand in a difficult time in their life. You don’t need a referral from another organisation.

    SEND the Right Message

    SEND the Right Message is a We are a ' by parents for parents' registered charity. Its goal is to improve the lives of families in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford districts where a child has been identified or suspected as having specific educational needs and/or disabilities by providing support services and training.

    Southend Carers

    Southend Carers supports All Carers & works with its partners to encourage wider recognition of their invaluable contribution to society. They provide a wide range of inclusive support services to advise & guide; reduce isolation; help maintain & manage their caring role; address social disadvantage & financial vulnerability and support their capacity to maintain & improve their mental health and physical well-being.

    Southend Foodbank

    Southend Foodbank doesn’t think anyone in its community should have to face going hungry. That’s why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

    Southend in Sight

    Southend in Sight, from their Centre on Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff, offer friendly support, practical advice and fun social events and activities to ensure that those living with sight loss can continue to lead independent, fulfilling and active lives.

    South Essex Advocacy Services

    South Essex Advocacy Services are an independent advocacy that supports isolated / excluded / vulnerable adults by empowering them to make informed choices, challenging barriers to access appropriate services and to ensure they are included in decisions about their health, care and wellbeing.

    South Essex Community Hub

    South Essex Community Hub is a registered charity set up to support the communities of South Essex and enable them to thrive. They promote and strengthen community cohesion and lend a helping hand in their Help In Hub.


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