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SAVS Centre
29-31 Alexandra Street 

01702 393933
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
December 2018 
Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas!
Christmas / New Year Closure  
- We are closed from Saturday 22nd December -
- We reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 -
In the event of an emergency contact

Southend Social Services 
Mon to Thurs 9am - 5:30pm and Fri 9am - 4:30pm
Adult Services 01702 215008 - Children’s Services 01702 215007

Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) 
0345 606 1212 
(The out of hours service is provided by Essex County Council)
Samaritans - Out of Hours Listening Service

We realise this time of the year may be a very difficult time for a lot of carers -

If you feel you need to talk to someone during the period we are closed – contact the 
‘Out of Hours Listening Service’ in confidence, supported by the Samaritans who work closely with us, on Freephone number116 123 – it is open 24 hours a day all year round

You can also access support by email
Southend Carers...
From all of us here at Southend Carers
We wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

        Good Luck!

Would you like to win this lovely Christmas Hamper??
Christmas is fast approaching and we’re starting to feel all festive here in the Southend Carer offices, that we’ve put together this fabulous Christmas hamper to give away to one lucky winner.

To be in with a chance of winning these Christmas goodies all you have to do is complete our short survey by clicking on the link below.

The winner will be announced on 18th December…Good Luck!!! 


The screens inside and the big screen outside the Forum in Southend are showing our campaign!!!
November 23rd  through to December 7th
Thank you so much to one of our carers Gina Whitbread for donating these wonderful handmade Xmas decorations
Counselling Service...
At Southend Carers we recognise that this time of year can often be very challenging for people, especially carers.
We are able to offer a free confidential supportive environment for carers to come in and chat to a trained professional about the emotional impact of being a carer within our Carers Counselling Service.  

Contact us on 01702 393933 or email

      Sally & Vicki
Congratulations Vicki!
Sally and our volunteer counsellor Vicki with her certificate of qualification.
Health & Wellbeing Group...

Christmas Bingo ~ Fiday 14th December 1:00 - 3:00pm
Carers are invited to come along and have a cup of tea and a bite to eat with other carers and listen to this month’s host extraordinaire ALAN STEVENS.  

To book your free place or for more information, please telephone Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email

If you receive any Unwanted Gifts this Christmas *** forget eBay***

We Would Love to Have Them!!
We are looking for donations of unwanted gifts from carers to assist towards our fundraising for our Health and Wellbeing service.  Please bring them with you if you are coming to one of our events or pop them in when you are passing the SAVS building - A Big Thank You
Emergency Planning...
Do you have an Emergency Plan?
What would happen to your loved one if you were out of action – contact Southend Carers to discuss creating an Emergency Plan.

Young Carers News...

  • After school club
  • Monthly fun events
  • Holiday club
If you know of a Young Carer who would love to mix with other Young Carers in a fun environment, contact
Samantha Lee - Young Carers Support Co-ordinator
01702 393933 or


Look at Our new Art Clubs...

Weekly Arts & Crafts club – for Young Carers aged 5-11 years
For 5-11 years book here

All hands on deck me hearties!!!!

Young Carers Weekly Art club – for Young Carers aged 11-16 years
 – eat your heart out Jackson Pollock!

If your child is in senior school and loves Digital, Manga and Contemporary Art then click on Book Now! 
For 11-16 years book here
Did you know...
Evening and Weekend Appointments
Local residents can now access more evening and weekend appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant. The new, improved service will see GP practices working together to offer patients appointments at more convenient times when they call their local practice.
It's Panto Booking Season!

Mon 31 December 2018 - 10:30am – their relaxed performance is suitable for customers with learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorder, dementia or anyone who may benefit form a more flexible theatre experience! Everyone is welcome, but there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and elements of the show will be adapted to suit the setting. 

Tickets to all show dates appear to be selling fast!!!! 

What's coming up in December...
Free festive parking will return to Southend town centre this December.
All 10 of the council run car parks across Southend-on-Sea town centre will be free on Thursdays after 4pm for late-night shopping and all day on Sundays throughout December.

Scope’s Local People Programme December Dates
- For disabled people aged 12-65 in Southend (with any physical or mental illness, impairment or additional needs) - And unpaid carers of those people. (Including parent-carers of children aged 0-11) - And or close family members Some Funding Available Where - The Attic Café - 48 Eastern Esplanade Southend SS1 2ES 10.30 am – 12.30 pm Tuesday 4th December  And then the 11th of December for Xmas Fun Get Together  Buffet / Drinks Provided
Dates for your Diary...

To book any of the events below - please contact us
01702 393933
or email us at
Care to Read - Book Club
Monday December 3rd 1:30-3:00pm
(1st Monday every month)
The Forum Library, Southend, SS1 1NS
Crafty Carers - Craft Group
Wednesday December 12th - 2:00-4:00pm
Turning Point Cafe - 67 Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff SS0 7EU
Active Carers Exercise Group
Thursday December 6th & 20th 1:00-3:00pm (every other Thursday)
Clarence Road Baptist Church, Southend, SS1 1AN 
Fun chair based exercise group and a friendly cuppa
Carers Meditation Group
Thursday December 6th & 20th 3:15-4:45pm (every other Thursday)
Clarence Road Baptist Church, Southend, SS1 1AN 
Care to Write
Tuesday December 11th, 10:00-12:00pm (every other Tuesday)
The Forum Library Southend, Elmer Square, Southend, SS1 1NS
Carers Walk & Talk
Wednesday December 11th & 27th 10:00am
(Walks usually include a stop for coffee and finishes around midday)

Carers “Waves” Group
Wednesday December 5th, 12th, 19t11:00-12:30pm
Southend Carers,  SAVS Centre, 
29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend, SS1 1BW
Health & Wellbeing Group - Christmas Bingo
Friday December 15th 1:00 - 3:00pm
Southend Carers,  SAVS Centre, 
29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend, SS1 1BW

Young Carers Art Clubs
See Young Carers section of this Newsletter
Young Carers Monthly Event
Sunday December 8th  10:00 - 1:00pm
Revelation Art, 252 London Rd, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Essex, SS7 2DE
Carers Drop in Café
Thursday December 13th 1:30-3:30pm
Garon Park - Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre SS2 4FA
Visit our Website
Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week 1st -7th December
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are often viewed as ‘invisible illnesses’. It was our mission this Awareness Week to increase understanding of Crohn’s and Colitis and ensure the true impact of these debilitating conditions is visible. Thank you to everyone who supported us on social media, by holding events in your community and, of course, going purple...

Christmas Jumper Day 2018
Christmas Jumper Day is an annual charity event, and in 2018, it is held on December 14th, with 100% of proceeds going to the charity ‘Save the Children’.

What's on in Southend this December...

Southend Carers Hub is a new partnership of six specialist local charities who have joined together to create a one-stop-shop for carers.

Commissioned by Adult Social Care (Southend Borough Council), we believe that by working together, we can make it much easier for Carers in Southend-on-Sea to access the right practical, financial and emotional support.

Registered charity number 1093240

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