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SAVS Centre
29-31 Alexandra Street 

01702 393933
Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm
February 2019 
Hello again from the Southend Carers Hub.

We hope you enjoy reading our February (Valentines) newsletter - it’s been great to hear from some of you over the past months and we are very pleased to hear the newsletters have been useful.

Do get in contact ( if there are any issues you would like us to highlight - we would love to hear from you.

Southend Carers...
Not only do the Southend Carers Hub offer: 
Advice and information...
Take a look at the Events Section in this eNewsletter

Southend Carers Groups for Carers 
At Southend Carers we have regular groups where carers can socialise and meet other carers who may be in a similar situation to themselves.
Our weekly ‘CARERS WAVES’ group
A small intimate group exploring ways to manage the emotional ups and downs of the caring role and how it affects you on a day to day basis.
Our monthly HEALTH and WELLBEING group
We have speakers on various subjects relevant to caring such as Dementia, Cancer plus more light-hearted sessions such as bingo and quizzes to enable carers to have fun and socialise – all with lunch thrown in!

Want to find out more - call us now on 01702 393933 or email
We have volunteering opportunities - do take a look
  • Young Carers Activities Support
  • Trustee - Treasurer
  • Trustee

Do you shop at TESCO??

Wonderful to see such a great response from all the Tesco shoppers out there!!!

Let's make even better for February, t
hank you so much for your support.

So, if you’re shopping in Tesco, please pop your blue token our box.
Tesco Esso Express, Rayleigh Road, SS9 5PS
Tesco Esso Express, 1781-1799 London Road, SS9 2ST
Tesco Express, 1017 London Road, SS9 3JY

Tesco Express, 21-23 Broadway, SS9 1PA

Tesco Esso Express, 500 Southchurch Road, SS1 2QA
Tesco Express, The Kursaal, Southchurch Ave, SS1 2ZG
Tesco Express, The Royals, Heygate Avenue, SS1 1DX

Thorpe Bay:
Tesco Express, 162-164 The Broadway, SS1 3ES
Tesco Express, 156-158 Hamlet Court Road, SS0 7LJ
Tesco Express, 667-673 London Road, SS0 9PD
Tesco Extra, Prince Avenue, SS0 0JP

With Spring just around the Corner...
The idea of going away for a few days may seem like an impossibility but with a bit of planning it may not be quite as difficult as you imagine...

Southend Carers are a referral partner for Carefree - helping carers to get a break away

Visit their website 


We have had a Makeover!!
Visit our Website
Same address
New Look for 2019!

Please take a look, things will evolve over the next few months, so watch this space!!!

Take a look at the Events - all easy to see using the calendar
Southend Carers News
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Counselling Service...

At Southend Carers we offer FREE Counselling services on a 121 basis and groups to enable carers to be able to speak to a trained counsellor, in confidence, in a comfortable setting.

Carers are a unique group of people who provide free care for their loved ones, friends or neighbours often resulting in the carer themselves becoming unwell due to the heavy demands of their caring role. 

If you would like to access this service call
01702 393933 to book a place or email if you wish to contact our Carer Counselling Service.
Health & Wellbeing Group...
Health and Wellbeing Groups - Dates for 2019
Please check the days/ dates and times for 2019 as they may not be on the same as last year.

Health and Wellbeing Group - February 2019 - ACUTE CARE at HOME

Thursday 28th Feb 2019
  • 12:00 – 2:00pm at SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra Street , Southend on Sea
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  guest speaker Ryan Webb from SWIFT.

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


Do You Have any Unwanted Gifts we Could Have??
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 - PLUS do you have any spare carrier bags - A Big Thank You
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
Half Term Panto Fun for Young Carers 5-17 years - PETER PAN!
A Merlin Productions family show for all ages which promises to be fun packed, magical and full of song, dance and laughter.

Saturday 23rd February, Thorpe Hall School, Southend 

Tickets are limited and on a first come, first served basis so HURRY! 
Wow - Thank you Kate
Kate rained £105 with her Keep Fit group, over Christmas for our Young Carers.

Thank you so much...

Samantha Lee - Young Carers Support Coordinator with Kate Prentice - Young Carers Sessional Worker
From a Dad...
"Michael had a super time at Aladdin and he hasn't stopped talking about it.  

My wife and I wanted to say a huge thank you as it feels very heartwarming that there are people out there like yourselves who do things for people for no return. Maybe we can all learn something from you.  Would you mind passing on the thanks to the team..."

Lovely, thank you
Young Carers Forum 
Thank you to all the young carers who participated in our first Youth Forum session.  Looking forward to seeing you all in February for more pizza!!
Are you an enthusiastic and ambitious Young Carer aged 13-18 years who would like to take part in a brand new project...

This is a MONTHLY club on the last Tuesday of each month
Dates for your Diary...
Scope’s Local People Programme Get Together Meeting 
Scope’s Local People Programme - 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 

Want to get more active?
Walking is a great way to get fit, explore what's on your doorstep and make new friends.

Project 49 are organising free and friendly short walks along Southend seafront starting at the Three Shells Beach Café (Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE) every Friday from 10:30am for 45 minutes.
You do not have to live in Southend to take part.


Summernights Social Club Starting 22nd February...
Summercare are pleased to announce the launch of the summernights social club!  SummerCare makes a positive difference to the quality of life of people with learning disabilities.
Every Wednesday you are invited to choose from a host of exciting and fun activities or just drop in for a chat with friends or make new friends. You can even buy hot and cold refreshments as well as crisps, chocolates and biscuits from our small café downstairs.

Golden-Oldies singalong with Rob Cadman
This friendly session is specifically for people living with dementia and their carers.

Join Rob Cadman for an hour of fun and laughter on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of the month.  Golden-Oldies singalong session funded by Southend BC.

Next Dates are: 27th Feb, 27th Mar , 24th April , 22nd May , 26th June

We have a number of NEW groups starting for our registered carers.
Please contact us to find out more...

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.
  • OCD Group Suitable for people with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) or those caring for someone with OCD
  • Carers Anxiety Management Group Suitable for carers with anxiety or those caring for someone with anxiety
  • Eating Disorder Group Support and advice for those caring for someone with an eating disorder
  • 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
  • Yoga Group Relaxation and gentle stretching.  No prior experience necessary
  • Meditation Group Learn how to relax and take time for you
  • Walk and Talk A gentle stroll with refreshment stops
  • Care to Read Book club
  • Craft and Chat Take part in a wide range of crafting activities. Share your knowledge or learn new skills
  • Drop In Café
  • Knit and Natter Learn to knit, or share knitting skills with others
  • Cooking for Carers Workshop 
  • Waves Group, A small intimate group setting to find out ways to manage the emotional ups and downs of being a carer
  • Health & Wellbeing Group
What's coming up in February...
World Cancer Day - 4 February 2019
World Cancer Day is a day to unite in the fight against cancer. Every Unity Band worn, every pound donated and every gesture of support will play an important part of beating cancer sooner.
The funds raised from incredible people like you will support thousands of scientists, doctors and nurses to accelerate progress in the fight against over 200 cancer types. 
Tinnitus Awareness Week 4-10 February 2019
Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or ear which have no external source.

The British Tinnitus Association want to engage with people who have tinnitus in order to raise awareness of the impact the condition and can to having on feelings of isolation. 

Southend have their own support group - for more information contact Tony at


Time To Talk - 7 February 2019
Too often, people who experience a mental health problem are also expected to take the lead on talking about mental health in the wider sense. Time To Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health.
There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Research shows that low impact exercise can be beneficial for physical and mental health and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of dementia. Swimming in particular has the added benefits of reducing anxiety, improving mood and enhancing psychological well being.
Apply for a Grant
If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person, you might be eligible to apply for a grant from Family Fund.
What's on in Southend this February...

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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