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SAVS Centre
29-31 Alexandra Street 

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

Easter Closure
We are closed on Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22nd April

In the event of an emergency contact
Southend Social Services 
Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) 0345 606 1212 
(The out of hours service is provided by Essex County Council)

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Samaritans - Out of Hours Listening Service
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 number: 116 123 – it is open 24 hours a day all year round.  

You can also access support by email
In this edition:
Southend Carers...
This was us on 18th March 

Two Soups! What fun we had making "two soups" at the Folk Like Us lunchtime session today.

Many of our elder Carers often pop along to this group to meet new friends and have a chat, so today we lent a hand & served up Broccoli & Stilton and Caribbean Vegetable soups Masterchef style LOL!!!

Thanks Turning Tides for letting us loose in the kitchen to cook up a storm.

Counselling Service...
If you would like to access any of our Counselling & Wellbeing Support Services please contact our Counselling Service Manager on 01702 393933 or email

Do you care for someone with a terminal diagnosis or life limiting illness?

At Southend Carers we know the challenges carers face when caring for someone with a life limiting condition.
  • You may need to talk to someone or need information to help you.
Southend carers offer a service to assist you with additional respite, someone to talk to and help with planning.

Call 01702 393933 and ask for Sally

Please, please please - if you are having a spring clean / turn out
Sally our Counselling Service Manager would love to swap her her makeshift table in the counselling room for a real one or even two!!

if you can help please contact Sally on 01702 393933 or email

Thank you.
Health & Wellbing Group...
April 4th ~ 12:00 - 2:00pm
The talk for April will be the service offered from Adult Social Care our guest speaker is Amanda Simpson.

Dates Coming up...
May 30th ~ 12:00 - 2:00.  Nadine from the South East Essex Advocacy for Older People (SEAFOP)
June 10th - 10:00 - 12:00.  Carers week, Bingo
(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

All In Music” run by Southend YMCA
Here's one of our Young Carers experimenting with music at our new Weekly After School Club, “All In Music” run by Southend YMCA.  

Unfortunately the club is fully booked, but our Better Lives Project funded by People’s Trust announces a new club each half term.  To find out more about our Young Carers Support Programme, click here

Young Carers Forum - How our young carers see themselves
Young Carers aged 11-18 years - Our Youth Forum is a monthly Youth Club where you get to socialise with other Young Carers over pizza, create some fun awareness raising projects and organise days out together.  Our YC's are currently designing their own digital newsletter, writing their own content, creating visuals, etc - it's a great space to get things off your chest, meet other YC's going through similar stuff to you and having time to chill.  

Did you Know?...

Your local guide to help with benefits, work, money, housing problems and more...
Advicelocal can help you find information relating to: welfare benefits and tax credits; council tax, including exemptions and discounts; debt and money advice; housing and homelessness; employment and work issues; disability and social care; and asylum and immigration.
From the Money Saving Expert - Martin Lewis
Tens of thousands of 'severely mentally impaired' people who are entitled to a council tax discount could be missing out on up to £400 a year.
What's coming up in April...

Carers Workshop - Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Are you a carer who lives in the Southend Borough?

Would you like to maintain a balance between your caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, by trying sport and physical activity? 

Little Heroes Proudly Present Dad’s Club
A new drop in club especially for men who support children with a diagnosis or awaiting a diagnosis of ASD.

The next session will be on Saturday 6th April, Summercourt Childrens Centre 10am-12pm. Pop in for a free hot drink including a free bacon butty or croissant.

Afternoon Tea - Saturday 13th April
For people with dementia and their carers at Avenue Road Baptist church 2:00-4:00pm.


World Parkinson's Day - 11 April 2019
Parkinson's UK is launching an attention-grabbing marketing campaign shaped by people affected by Parkinson's. 

Male Cancer Awareness Week 2019
Orchid Male Cancer Awareness Week is an important annual campaign and an opportunity to raise awareness of male specific cancers – prostate, testicular and penile cancer – and to provide practical advice, support and information on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.
Spring Allergy Awareness Week
29 April - 3 May 2019

Their focus this year for Allergy Awareness Week is Air Quality and the the allergens around us.

To book any of the events below - please contact us
01702 393933
or email us at
We have various groups running throughout the year for our registered carers. 

To view all the dates/times etc please click on the calendar below.

The types of events are:
  • Care to Read Book club
  • Carers Anxiety Management Group Suitable for carers with anxiety or those caring for someone with anxiety
  • Cooking for Carers Workshop 
  • Craft and Chat Take part in a wide range of crafting activities. Share your knowledge or learn new skills
  • Drop In Café
  • Eating Disorder Group Support and advice for those caring for someone with an eating disorder
  • Health & Wellbeing Group
  • Knit and Natter Learn to knit, or share knitting skills with others
  • Meditation Group Learn how to relax and take time for you
  • Monthly Carers Group for carers of those with mental health conditions
  • Active Carers Exercise Group Enjoy a fun chair based exercise group and friendly cuppa
  • OCD Group Suitable for people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) or those caring for someone with OCD
  • Walk and Talk A gentle stroll with refreshment stops
  • Waves Group, A small intimate group setting to find out ways to manage the emotional ups and downs of being a carer
  • Yoga Group Relaxation and gentle stretching.  No prior experience necessary
  • Young Carers 
What's on in Southend this April...

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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