SECH receives the Queen’s Award For Voluntary Services 2020

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South Essex Community HUB receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

SECH, a group of volunteers based in Southend on Sea, have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

SECH aims to build an ever improving community in Southend, based on shared values & social cohesion through the provision of information, advice, projects, events and services that inform, challenge, educate, train & entertain. The service is delivered in HUBs located throughout the Southend area. The HUBs primary purpose is to provide help when and where it is needed. The HUBs are person-centred places bringing together skilled people from all sorts of organizations, able to advise and help pick apart those things which are causing stress and worry.

SECH is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those that need them.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by

volunteer groups that benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to

celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on 2nd

June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Award winners this year are

wonderfully diverse. They include volunteer groups from across the UK, including a community shop in Cornwall, an environmental group in Swansea, a group working with refugees and vulnerable people in Stirling and a thriving community arts centre in County Down.

Representatives of South Essex Community HUB will receive the award from Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex, later this summer. Furthermore two volunteers from SECH will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021, along with other recipients of this year’s Award. Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst

said: “We are delighted that your group’s work to provide a wide-ranging services in Southend has been recognised, pay tribute to hard work and commitment of your volunteers and dedicated staff.”

Community Hub Update

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At present we have temporarily closed the sites, we are regularly reviewing the situation and will be reopen as soon as we can. We are offering remote support the main Phone Line is active Monday-Friday 10am-4pm.

For Information and Support please call Tel: 01702 611199

We are able to issue remote Food Vouchers, remote learning sessions with learn My Way, remote English Support. We are able to support Families with some additional food parcels and wellbeing support. Volunteer support if you would like to volunteer or if you need volunteers please contact us.


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THE HUB Project in the Victoria Shopping Plaza will still be open, The Hub in Shoeburyness will be closed over the lockdown period.

The Hub Victoria will operate Monday-Friday 10am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

  • The Hub will continue to provide its IT and Digital services to the community.
  • The Hub project crossing bridges support group will continue to operate on Wednesdays supporting people’s wellbeing through lockdown.
  • The Hub will issue food vouchers you can call 01702 611199 or go to the Victoria Hub.
  • The project Get the kids out is providing support groups for young people and families struggling with lockdown call 01702 611199.

The Hub in Victoria is back!

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The Victoria Hub is now open

We have made changes to the service and following government guidelines there are restrictions on people able to use the centre at one time.

Free computer use is available we have a maximum of three computers available on the site. We are operating a drop-in basis but, with increased demand time limits will be applied.  You can book to reserve a slot to use the computer these slots will be 1-hour slots.

We have developed remote support for the Hub, you can learn with us at home. We are able to help with online learning using video calls for our Learn my way and Make it click program please call to find out more 01702 611199.

Community Support

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Any Charity, Organisation, Community Group. If you are helping the community at this time. Our Crisis Volunteer Service has volunteers ready to help!

Please contact Volunteer Southend or The Hub Project directly or register your activities with SAVS.

We have Volunteers ready to HELP!

Together We can make a difference

Hub Project Temporary Closure

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Due to the impact of COVID19, for the safety of our Clients, Volunteers and Staff the Hub Project will temporarily close from 19/03/2020 to 06/04/2020. We will review the situation after this date and hope we can reinstate our services after the 6th April.

The Hub Project will provide a support Line Tel: 07398094462 available Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, enquires and information. Email contact is

Volunteer Southend will be active, you can register online, and we will endeavour to match people. Please bear in mind due to the outbreak, expect delays in responses from organisations as many will be severely affected and may not be operating at present.

Enquires and information. Email contact is

If groups want to provide support with community action in this time we need you to contact us and provide details of what volunteer opportunities you want to put out.  We will try our best to match people to help with this ongoing challenge to our community.