Charity Number: 1175385
We are a registered charity set up to support the communities of South Essex and enable them to thrive. We’re here to promote and strengthen community cohesion and to lend a helping hand through:
- Digital inclusion
- Help to access local services
- Employability support and advice
- Promotion of positive mental wellbeing and physical health
- Activities for children and young people
- Information on the management of debt and to help to improve financial capability
- Social English sessions, learning support
- Volunteering opportunities
We work together with the whole community to realise personal aspirations, to make decisions, to set goals, and to promote independence. We believe in the power of volunteering, and we are committed to collaborating with the users of our services to develop core skills, create possibilities, and to unlock their full potential.
We are inclusive
We care about our community, and we believe that when people feel supported, change happens. We work with all people and treat everyone with respect, integrity, ethically and free from bias. We act openly and transparently to benefit our South Essex communities.
We are creative and adaptive, and we can move quickly to meet the changing needs of our communities.
Because we care, we can and do change the lives of people who most need our support.
We deliver services that strengthen our community. Last year alone, we helped 5612 people in the Southend area to increase their skills, improve employment prospects, and help them access the right services.
Our services and saved the local borough council £663,000 in 2018/19 through increased employment, increased skill level, reduced evictions and reduced statutory homelessness.
In 2020, we were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Awarded in recognition of our contribution to the Southend community, this is the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the UK and is given to organisations delivering exceptional service within their communities.
“We are delighted that your group’s work to provide wide-ranging services in Southend has been recognised, pay tribute to hard work and commitment of your volunteers and dedicated staff.”
Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Lord Lieutenant of Essex