SECH Christmas Opening Times 2023

SECH Christmas Opening Times 2023

Below is a full list of our Christmas opening times for 2023.

Friday 22nd December 2023 – Closed.
Saturday 23rd December 2023 – Closed.
Sunday 24th December 2023 – Closed.
Monday 25th December 2023 – Closed.
Tuesday 26th December 2023 – Closed.
Wednesday 27th December 2023 – Closed.
Thursday 28th December 2023 – Closed.
Friday 29th December 2023 – Closed.
Saturday 30th December 2023 – Closed.
Sunday 31st December 2023 – Closed.
Monday 1st December 2023 – Closed.

We will re-open again on the 2nd of January, 2024.

Thank You

Christmas Opening Hours 2022

Find Out About Our Amazing Youth Hub Summer Activities

South Essex Community Hub’s Youth Hub is gearing up for a fun summer! There is a little something for everyone with arts and crafts, movie days, and sports days.

If you are interested in finding out about the Youth Hub, please email so he can speak with you. Please be aware that there is limited capacity; thus, spaces will be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis.

Below is a calendar of what the Youth Hub will be up to this summer.

Week 1 Activities:

Wednesday 3rd August:

Get creative and make your own sand bottle.
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Thursday 4th August:

Social/Free Session
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Friday 5th August:

Battle against your friends in Sumo Suits.
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Week 2:

Tuesday 9th August:

Bounce to your heart’s content at a Bouncy Castle Fun Day.
Location & Time: Meet at Chapel at 11:00 am, then move to Priory Park from 11:30-13:30.

Wednesday 10th August:

Show off your skills in a talent show.
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00 – 12:00

Thursday 11th August:

Battle against your friends in a Nerf War.
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Week 3:

Wednesday 17th August:

Get your game on with a Games Day.
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Thursday 18th August:

It’s time to prepare for Sports/American day, where you will design T-shirts.
Location: Club Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Friday 19th August:

It’s Sports Day, and there will be plenty of activities to get stuck into, such as Juice Pong, Sumo Suits, and a Tug of War. There will also be a lovely BBQ.
Location: The Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Week 4:

Wednesday 24th August:

Get creative and paint your own canvas.
Location: The Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Thursday 25th August:

Social/Free Session
Location: The Chapel
Time: 10:00-12:00

Friday 26th August:

Get ready to dance the afternoon away at an end-of-summer party.
Location: The Chapel
Time: 12:00-15:00

Local MP commends our fantastic work in the Southend community

On the 1st of July, we invited James Duddridge, MP (Rochford & Southend East) to our Victoria site to show him our work at South Essex Community Hub.

Friday was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the services we provide at SECH. We were able to show him our spaces and highlight how we are helping the local community through the support we provide.

Our volunteers also had the chance to speak to James about the charity’s impact on them, giving James insight into the power of volunteering with SECH.

“It was great to have James down to talk to him about the work we volunteers do for the community, ” said Michael Taylor.

James Duddridge speaking to volunteer John Pickering.

We were able to feature our successes, such as receiving the Queen’s Award for voluntary service and our recent establishment of a new Youth service offer, a service the local community has been missing in recent years.

David Preston showing James Duddridge the Queen’s Award.

The members at the Youth Hub worked together to create a video presentation for James, welcoming him to the Youth Hub, presenting the activities offered at the youth hub, and talking about how much they love, enjoy, and appreciate the youth’s space Hub provides.

Youth hub members working with volunteer John to create the showcase for James Duddridge.

We thank James for taking the time to come and visit us at SECH. Being able to show a local MP the value of our service is a fantastic opportunity.

“We were delighted to invite James to visit our community hub and show all the positive work Sech is doing in our new city.” – said David Preston, Chief Operating Officer.

A photo of our staff and volunteers with James Duddridge.

Making IT Friendly and Digital Easy for ALL in the Community

A Digital World

We live in a digital world. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become more apparent than ever that we need to be computer literate to thrive in the world today. Many things we do daily have moved online: keeping in touch with family and friends, writing emails, accessing services and information such as the NHS and government forms, banking, job hunting, and so much more. Although this has streamlined the process for those tasks, it has left many feeling isolated, trapped, and unable to approach these services. Many feel anxious or nervous about using technology they otherwise wouldn’t have to use. 

You Are Not Alone

It is easy to feel alone when you struggle to access online services, but that’s where South Essex Community Hub comes in. At SECH, we strive to ensure everyone, no matter age, employment status, disability, or life circumstances, has an equal opportunity to feel confident and comfortable accessing the internet and online spaces. 

We offer a unique, flexible, and sociable learning model to help you get online today through a ‘Learn My Way’ platform. For 1 hour a week, you will sit 1 to 1 with a tutor working you through the free course at your own pace. 

Learn My Way starts right at the basics, learning how to safely and effectively use the keyboard and mouse, and from there, you will learn all the skills you need to flourish online. These skills include but are not limited to writing and sending emails, filling in online forms, using social media, and so much more.

A Tutors Perspective

Hello, my name is Holly, and I have been a volunteer at South Essex Community Hub since November 2019. I have first-hand experience working with people who have found it challenging to get online.

Frequently, when people have started their course with me, they have expressed a fear of computers and the internet. Some have revealed they are worried about pressing the wrong button and breaking something and the dangers of the internet. Additionally, many have communicated that they feel self-conscious asking questions, often choosing not to, so they avoid looking ‘stupid.’ 

These concerns described to me put into perspective the lack of education in digital literacy. Furthermore, it highlighted the notable gap between the confidence of those who grew up with technology and those who didn’t. It was an eye-opening look into something I had never considered.

It has been a pleasure supporting my clients, evolving their digital skills, and watching them take their first steps online. They have a noticeable boost in their confidence. It has also been enjoyable developing relationships with those I have helped, allowing them to come to lessons feeling relaxed and more open to asking for help. 

Sounds Good?

If this sounds like just the thing for you, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us on 01702 611199 or email us at Alternatively, you can drop into our hub on the first floor of the Victoria Shopping Centre, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5SP.

SECH is a Proud Partner of the Anchoring Southend 2050 Project

SECH is proud to be a partner in the ambitious Anchoring Southend 2050 Project.

Anchor Programme

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded just over £400,000 to deliver a landmark project in Southend.  The aim is to support people most in need to secure quality work within our Southend Hospital site – or in another local health or care organisation.

The money has been awarded by the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund (UKCRF) and is part of the Trust’s ‘Anchor Programme.’

Mid and South Essex Hospital Trust have launched a new and innovative programme called ‘Anchor’ to show how local hospitals can make their neighbourhoods healthier, happier and greener. The programme supports our communities in Basildon, Southend and Chelmsford.

The Anchor Programme is about large organisations investing back into their communities and is a concept fully supported and endorsed by NHS England and the Health Foundation. As one of the largest employers in the region, this ambitious new programme will enable us to understand better how our Trust can be a force for good by using our assets and influence to bring about change.

By teaming up with health and care partners, local councils and the voluntary and education sector, we can reduce our environmental impact and create exciting and innovative employment, volunteering, internship and network opportunities for those we serve.

Graphic diagram of the elements within the programme

South Essex Community Hub (SECH)

At SECH, we are providing a community access point to the Southed Anchor Programme where you can drop into our Southend Hub to receive:

  • Job Searching support, free Digital Skills and IT training, Information and referral to partners in the program, access to computers (so local people are not digitally excluded);
  • Free face-to-face and telephone counselling for people who need help with mental health or emotional wellbeing;
  • Volunteering opportunities to learn new skills and build confidence;
  • Plus, the opportunity to meet new people and make a real difference to their local community in Southend.

We are here to help and support empower people to realise their full potential.

Find out more here.

Anchor Programme Partners in Southend

SECH is proud to be working with the following partners to realise this project in conjunction with Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

A Better Start Southend ABSS

  • A Better Start Southend, supports local parents and carers of children under four years of age and expectant  parents into work, volunteering and education across six wards of Southend: Shoeburyness, West Shoebury, Milton, Kursaal, Victoria and Westborough.
  • Five free events are run each month to inspire and provide new skills to attendees.
  • For our Anchor Programme, there are routes into NHS work, and other course and events aimed at assisting participants move toward work, have been expanded to enable those living in the Better Start Southend area to take part whether or not they have children under four.

You can find out more information here.

Anchor programme a better start southend logo graphic

Generation Medics

Generations Medics believe that there are talented individuals who can become great doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals if they have access to unbiased up-to-date information advice, support and networks.

They are a dedicated, diverse full-time team of professionals and volunteers who devote their time to a single purpose: to empower people to fulfil their potential by making medical and healthcare careers accessible to everyone.

You can find more details here.

Anchor programme handshake graphic


Halo provides fully-funded online training to eligible people who are unemployed and looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in health and social care.

  • The four-six week employment and skills programme, delivered by Southend Council, is designed in collaboration with employers, including us. It helps give trainees the skills they are looking for and prepare them for a career as a healthcare professional.
  • There are many roles available in healthcare. They offer long-term employment prospects, job security and opportunities for progression – including the potential to go on and complete an NHS-accredited degree.
  • Our NHS staff will be on-hand to promote all current care roles, including apprenticeships, and will advise how you can progress. Candidates get advice on how to apply for these roles and tips on completing their application form and interview. There will be an opportunity to speak to our NHS healthcare assistants and support workers, as well as having a fantastic ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at us as a key employer.

You can find out if you’re eligible here

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If you’re from Southend, unemployed, over 25 and are looking to learn new skills, why not explore a career in the NHS.

The Pave programme will give you hands-on employment training, take you through mock interviews and provide specific advice as to how to access to the wide range of non-clinical careers in healthcare, such as Portering and Logistics. They’ll even set you up with a real interview with local organisations, where possible.

This is a six -week online course, where candidates train every day and in week five three they receive support from NHS speakers who help them to take the first steps in applying for non-clinical roles.

You can find out more here

Anchor programme pave logo graphic

Want to know more?

The programme is now expanding across the whole of our Trust in coming months. It is through established partnerships like these that we can continue to seek new ways to improve the wellbeing of our staff and local communities. For more information about Anchor institutions, visit

To find out more information on the Mid and South Essex Anchor Programme, please email: