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SAVS Centre
29-31 Alexandra Street 

01702 393933
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
November 2019 
Welcome Southend Carers November e-Newsletter. 
We hope you enjoy reading it!
In this edition:
Southend Carers...

Annual General Meeting 2019
Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 1.00pm

SAVS Centre, 29/31 Alexandra Street, SS1 1BW

Southend Carers invites you to attend our Annual General Meeting, an important event for the Charity as it allows us to inform you of the Charity’s activities over the previous year and to share our future aims and objectives. It is also an opportunity for you to hear more about carers’ experiences and voices.

We are delighted to announce our special guest speaker Ms. Kristina Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Southend Association of Voluntary Services. Also in attendance will be special guests, the Mayor of Southend on Sea Borough Council, Councillor John Lamb and the Mayoress, Mrs. Pat Lamb.

Our Annual Report will be available for download from our website and the Agenda for the meeting will be available on the day.
Are you thinking about Christmas yet??
** Do you give to charity at Christmas?? **

Southend Carers has a donations page at

Thank you 
Carers Practitioners Meeting - October 2019
The Carers Practitioner Meeting was a very informative event with a network of professionals, all of whom support carers. 
If you are organising an event for carers, please let us know.
We will include it in our e-newsletter (space permitting).
Our Telephone Support Volunteer Vicki calling carers
Our Telephone Support Service which reaches out to isolated carers who may find it difficult to attend the service in person.

This service started in September and is a pilot project offering emotional support on a regular basis over the phone and checks in with vulnerable carers giving them a chance to talk through their concerns and issues around their caring role.
We are calling carers during the day and one evening with a particular emphasis on Employed Carers, Carers over 80, Carers looking after more than one person, Carers who look after someone with Alzheimer’s /Dementia, Carers who are unwell, Former carers up to a year after their cared for has died, and Parent Carers, that we have identified from a cohort of our registered carers.
2 volunteers and myself are working on the project which if successful we are hoping to secure some longer term funding”.

"It has been well received by the carers" - Sally Willsher – Counselling Service Manager. 

Carers Rights Day - 21st November ~ 1:00 - 3:00pm - Harland Centre 
Carers Rights Day each year helps us:
•    ensure carers are aware of their rights
•    let carers know where to get help and support
•    raise awareness of the needs of carers.
Every day 6,000 people in the United Kingdom become carers, something few have been able to plan for. From the start, they may find themselves needing to talk to health and social care providers, juggle their paid employment with caring, apply for benefits or consider how to fund future care costs. All of this while they are coming to terms with their new caring responsibilities. 

Southend Carers advice and information service is now available 24/7 our e-handbook is on the Southend Carers website;
This year Southend Carers are working in partnership with the Older Peoples Community Mental Health Team holding a Carers Café at the Harland Centre  on the 21st November 2019 1pm -3pm.
Counselling Service...
If you would like to access any of our Counselling & Wellbeing Support Services please contact Sally our Counselling Service Manager on 01702 393933 or email

' Southend Carers Counselling Service are proud to provide a placement opportunity for the BA (Hons) Counselling Programme at South Essex College and have passed our audit for the 3rd year running'

Health & Wellbing Group...
Cancer Prevention - Thursday 28th Nov 2019 
  • 12:00 - 2:00pm
SAVS Centre, Southend Carers, 29-31 Alexandra St, SS1 1BW 

To book your free place or for more information, please telephone Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or email
(In order to attend these events you need to a carer within the Southend Area or your Cared For must reside in the Borough of Southend).
Young Carers...

  • 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
Our Young Carers had some Half Term Fun this month at our Laser Tag Party!
We had exclusive use of Kids Kingdom for the evening and ran riot “shooting” the opposition in a Laser Tag frenzy.  The kids also got the entire play structure to themselves, all rounded off with a party buffet.  

We’ve never seen so many sweaty kids in one place!

Cinderella – Saturday 9th  November
A wonderful stage performance of this favourite story.  Come and enjoy the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale.
Ages 5+ 

Full details are on the booking form.


Belchamps Activity Day - Saturday 23rd November 2019
A fabulously fun outdoor activity day for Young Carers aged 6+ years where activities (includes Geocaching, Outdoor climbing, Assault Course and great Team Building Activities).


Full details are on the booking form.

Please note that places are limited for this event. If we are oversubscribed, names will be put in a draw on Monday 4th November and families will be notified of the results by EMAIL no later than Wednesday 6th November.

Useful Information... 
Don't Forget your Flu Jab this Winter

You should have the flu vaccine if you: 

  • are 65 years old or over   
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions 
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 
If you are not sure, ask at your local pharmacy or GP surgery.
Sainsbury’s and Argos sunflower lanyard scheme
Sainsbury’s and Argos have today announced the nationwide rollout of sunflower lanyards in all stores, to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. Following a successful trial earlier this year, the initiative offers shoppers the option to pick up a sunflower lanyard in store, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues that they may need to provide a customer with additional support.
Citizens Advice Southend - Free energy switching service

After the success of our previous Energy switching service where we saved Southend residents around £25,000 (an average of £200 per household) we are re-launching this service at Citizens Advice Southend.

Appointments will be available every Tuesday (to be booked in advance by calling in to their reception at 1 Church Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 2AL between 10am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday or by telephone to 01702 456352 during the same hours).
Dementia Friendly Swimming
Wednesdays, 10am-11am / Thursdays, 1pm-2pm / Fridays, 9am-10am
  • Term time only
Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre
Garon Park, Eastern Avenue, SS2 4FA
  • £5.50 per session, Carer gets in for free
You’re welcome to come along to view the facilities
For further details contact Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre:
or 01702 613000

Falls Prevention - Southend Borough Council’s Staying Steady classes 
Everyone falls once in a while, whatever their age. However, as we get older, our bodies change and falls can have greater consequences. Every year about a third of people aged over 65 slip, trip or fall over. Some of these falls results in broken bones and hospital admissions. A fall can also reduce your confidence and make you afraid of falling again.

The risk of falling increases with age and those who have already had a fall are more likely to fall again in the future. Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone; however, falling is not a normal part of getting old.

The good news is that up to 30% of falls are preventable.  
Timetable - click here  

Healthwatch Southend
Are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. 
Their sole purpose is to understand the needs, experiences and concerns of people who use health and social care services and to speak out on their behalf.

A little ahead...Christmas Panto - Relaxed Performance
Robin Hood and The Merry Men 
Tuesday 31st December 2019 - 11:00am

What's coming up in November...
First glance of Queensway regeneration plans
The exhibition is being organised and led by Porters Place Southend-on-Sea LLP (the LLP), the joint venture between Swan Housing and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council that has been set up to deliver the Queensway regeneration.

Community Fitness Week Starts 4th November 
Community Fitness week runs from 4th November and the aim of the week is to encourage anyone who wants to start exercising to come and try a class, while at the same time contributing towards the local food bank.

NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group & NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group
We are pleased to announce that the postponed Sepsis Awareness Event has been re-arranged and will now take place on Thursday 7 November 2019, from 9.30am – 12.30pm at The Skylark Hotel, Aviation Way, Southend SS2 6UN. This is a free event designed for care agency staff and carers of adults with learning disabilities or for those who would like to learn more.

To read in full please click on the poster...
Afternoon Tea on Saturday 30th November 2pm-4pm
Avenue Baptist Church Milton Road SS0 7JX - Car parking available at rear of church & in St. Helen’s Catholic church opposite.  
  • For people with dementia & their carers
  • This event is free of charge. 
Please book by contacting or phone 07894162016. 

The first Wednesday in November each year is National Stress Awareness Day. 
We all know what it’s like to feel stressed - being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

National Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress. We’ve got some suggestions for how you can join the conversation about stress.

Alcohol Awareness Week 11 - 17th November
Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. This year the theme is Alcohol and me, running from 11-17 November 2019. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.
New handy printable list of events 

Other events taking place are:
  • Young Carers Events
  • Health & Wellbeing Group
To book any of the events - please contact Southend Carers on
01702 393933 or email us at

Or visit our website calendar 

What's on in Southend this November...

The Southend Carers Hub is a partnership of 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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