We live in an increasingly online world, but many people in our community remain digitally excluded. They may not be able to access the internet, or they may not have the skills or confidence to use technology or access online services. 

Being digitally excluded makes life harder. But we can help people understand how to use the internet to access information, and to help them develop the digital skills they need to use technology to interact with the world around them.

We run a digital support service and access to computers at our Victoria Hub. Each day between 10 am – 12pm and 1pm – 4 pm, we offer free access to our computers and support from our volunteers to gain confidence and digital competency when using tablets, smartphones and computers. We can also help you improve your digital skills, set up emails, build a CV, and work towards finding employment.

Mental & physical

Through our partners at the Breaking Through The Concrete, we provide free face-to-face and telephone counselling services to everyone in our community who needs help with mental health or emotion wellbeing.

Physical activity and being outdoors can enhance mental wellbeing and can increase self-esteem and reduce stress. Through our Breathing Spaces project, we offer regular nature walks, community gardening sessions, and an opportunity to meet new friends and develop skills and knowledge in things like gardening, permaculture and photography.


– Wednesday, 12 – 1pm, Ladies fitness class (term time)

– Thursday, 10.30 – 11.30am, ATF Boxing Class, all welcome (term time)


Reach Out for Mental Health will be hosting a coffee afternoon for those who are struggling with their mental health. 

Drop in: Chapel North Road, SS0 7AH

Starts: 22nd November 2021, 1pm-3pm

All over 18+ are welcome to drop in for support


Volunteering provides an opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence, meet new people, and to make a real difference to our local community.

We offer training and support for volunteers to work in our community hubs, and we also work with other local charities and community groups to provide rewarding volunteering opportunities throughout the Southend area.

“Volunteering with as a Digital Lead for SECH has allowed me to give my IT skills back to the community. It always feels good to know that you have made a difference for somebody.” Tom

Additional to volunteering opportunities offered by SECH we run Volunteer Southend. 

Volunteer Southend matches individuals with rewarding local opportunities for many different organisations and charities. Volunteer Southend is a free service for those looking to volunteer and also those needing to advertise. 

For more information please visit our website – Volunteer Southend


It can sometimes be challenging to know which services are there to help or how to access them. We connect people with relevant services in their area and make sure they get the support they need.

We also work in partnership with organisations like Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Peabody Care and Support, South Essex Homes and Southend Borough Council offer advice on:

  • Tenancy and housing
  • Council tax
  • Universal credit
  • Food vouchers
  • Debt management
  • and much more

In the last year, we have supported 4921 people in our community to access the services they need

Advice/support timetable:

Citizens Advice Southend – Southend Victoria Site, every Wednesday 10am-12pm, drop in no appointment needed

Peabody – Southend Victoria Site, every Tue & Thu 1pm-4pm, appointment only, call 01702 445870 to book  – CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID

Brook Sexual Health Service – Southend Victoria Site, first Tuesday of the month, 10am-12pm, drop in no appointment needed

Dementia Community Support Team – Southend Victoria Site, every Friday 10am – 12pm, no appointment needed

Children and
young people

Young people in our community, particularly those who are most vulnerable and disadvantaged can face significant challenges. Children and young people need safe and positive environments where they can thrive socially and emotionally. We provide them with a safe place to take part in fun activities, engage with others and grow as a person.

In 2021, SECH was awarded funding by the National Lottery Community Fund to create our Youth Hub.  We are so grateful for this support and very excited for the development of the Youth Hub. 

The goal of the project is to create a safe place for young people, we aim to provide an environment to support and encourage young people to make a positive change.

If you are interested in joining our Youth Hub please email

Arts and


Low levels of proficiency in English can make it difficult for people to access the right support, navigate services, or get involved with their communities.

We help to lower these barriers and promote cultural integration within our community through free Social  English sessons and peer mentoring support for pre-ESOL learners. These sessons, which are created and delivered by our volunteers, offer an opportunity for people to gain confidence and learn the necessary English language skills while meeting new people from different backgrounds.

Social English classes are every Friday 10am-11.30am at The Chapel, North Road. CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID.

For more infomation please contact: