New local focus for domestic abuse support

 

Tuesday 31st January 2017

 

A new domestic abuse services contract that will see the development of new prevention and awareness programmes and provide tailored emergency and crisis help to local people starts tomorrow (1st February 2017).

 

SOS Domestic Abuse Projects (SOSDAP), who currently provide the council’s families and children domestic abuse service, have been awarded the three year contract.

 

The council is investing an extra £20,000 into the new tailored service which will allow more people to access domestic abuse support, by improving support available for male victims, victims with older male children, older victims and those wishing to remain at home, victims with complex needs and for single women under 35 years old (see full details of service improvements in notes to editors).

 

Flexible group accommodation as well as individual dispersed units will still be provided for high risk families or adults where remaining in the family home would pose a high risk. The service will be more community based and modelled to meet local needs. The current 22 bed refuge will close and allow money that is currently being spent supporting victims from other areas to pay for the new local services and added investment.

 

At the current time the refuge is rarely used by local Southend-on-Sea residents, but is paid for by the council, and accounts for the majority of our domestic abuse services budget. 

 

Cllr Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, says: “I am very pleased that we have identified extra money for this vital area of work, and we are able to start our new and improved service that will provide tailored crisis bed support for local individuals, raise awareness, develop prevention programmes that can help stop domestic abuse happening in the first place and also focus on perpetrators and keeping family units together where we can. 

 

“This new service will also mean that we can create new support services that we do not currently have with better services for male victims, older victims, working victims and women under 35 for example.

 
“We have put processes in place to ensure that any victims currently in the refuge will be supported by the service while they make decisions on the best way forward for them and their families over the coming months.  However, I am clear that local funding for this vital area is being spent supporting victims of domestic abuse in Southend-on-Sea and helping to prevent it happening in the first place, and I am delighted that we will actually be increasing the budget for this area of work.”

 

Jennie Hubbard, Chief Executive of SOSDAP, says:  “SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is delighted to have been awarded the new contract for Domestic Abuse Services.  As an organisation that has worked to support victims of domestic abuse in Southend on Sea for over forty years and having worked with children, young people and their families for the past eight years through a council contract, we are proud to provide a more comprehensive approach to our local community.  

 

“From 1 February, SOSDAP will deliver a combined community-based support and accommodation service including flexible emergency and refuge accommodation, a single point of contact and specialist helpline for women (01702 302333), unique drop in at the Dove Crisis Centre, outreach support, specialist advocacy for high risk victims and specialist support for males, BME and LGBT victims and therapeutic support and recovery programmes.

 

“This new contract also includes work with perpetrators for the first time and this will be  delivered by the Essex Change Programme (Relate) and more preventative work with children and young people in the local community.  This follows a 41% rise in reported incidents of local children being affected by domestic abuse.”

 
 
 
 

Training and Networking Opportunities

Two Important Dates for Volunteer Managers
9th and 23rd March 2017

Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers 9th March 2017 9.30am - 4.30pm

Essential courses for anyone new to volunteer management but also a vital refresher and update for all volunteer managers. Covering all the important aspects of attracting, recruiting and keeping those vital volunteers, these two back to back courses provide  comprehensive advice and ideas in just one day. To find out more and book your place while there is still time, just visit the website 
http://www.savs-southend.org/event/retaining-volunteers-training

Also make sure you don't miss the next Southend Volunteer Organisers Forum
Thursday 23rd March 2017 from 9.45 am – 12.00pm

at the SAVS Centre, 29 – 31 Alexandra Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1BW
 

An invaluable opportunity for organisations and groups that involve volunteers to get together, network and learn from each other by raising issues and concerns around volunteering. It is a chance for groups to improve their volunteering ‘best practice’ and to keep up to date with volunteering protocol. There will also be chance to listen to an informative presentation by our guest speaker, Joanne Dear from HARP on "From Volunteer to Volunteer Manager: The trials and tribulations!" This informal forum is a perfect opportunity to share what works with volunteers and what doesn't and to link with like-minded organisations.  

In order not to miss out, please reserve your place at the Forum now by completing and returning the event registration form (below). The invitation is extended to all not for profit, statutory, voluntary and charitable organisations in Southend.
 
The Volunteer Centre, Southend
29-31 Alexandra Street
Southend-on-Sea SS1 1BW

Council 125th Anniversary cash boost to help kick-start local projects

 

 

Monday 16th January 2017

 

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is encouraging local community groups to help mark the 125th anniversary celebrations of the Borough by applying for council funding to help kick start cultural projects across the Borough.

 

Individuals, and local arts, heritage or sports groups can bid for up to £1,000 during the celebration year, with £20,000 in the total pot.

 

By gaining council funding, successful groups will then be able to access and apply for bigger grants that are available, but which require match funding

 

Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy, says: “We want the local community to feel a real part of this special year, and so we are providing a small working fund that will allow groups and individuals to access bigger funding grants out there

 

“By offering this financial support we hope we can get local groups to apply for more lottery funds and lever the larger grants from organisations such as the Arts Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Active Essex.

 

“We are looking to support a range of community led projects that will not only help celebrate our 125th Anniversary, but will offer something diverse, exciting and engaging to local people.”

 

Successful projects will make up the 125th Anniversary programme that already includes the Poppies: 14-18 NOW iconic ceramic poppy sculpture “Wave” from the Tower of London installation at Barge Pier in Shoebury from April 12th until June 25th, and the Silk River project on September 24th on the Pier.

 

The application period is now open and will remain so until the funding has been allocated.

 

Applications can be made online and will need to explain the project outcomes, their match funding request and key contact information.

 

For further information and assistance, please contact Chris Mellor, Cultural Strategy & Development Officer on 01702 534318, email: chrismellor@southend.gov.uk or visit www.southend.gov.uk/125years

 

The HUB

The Hub is a fabulous resource in the heart of Shoebury. It is predominantly two main open spaces, available for all of the local community.rehearsal and performance hire by professional and amateur drama, dance and music groups, as well as for private hire for conferences, meetings, exhibitions, and small special events.

Need a venue?

If you are interested in hiring The HUB for an event, please contact us on 07951 716339 or go to our website www.mytownsouthend.com below to make an enquiry.  We have a wide range of spaces available to suit most requirements and can provide technical support and equipment hire. 

 

Please ask for details if you require refreshment or bar facilities.

 

If you or your organisation have ideas to deliver opportunities for children and young people at THE HUB or would like to develop a partnership with MyTownSouthend, then please email us at MyTownsouthend@aol.com

 

Opening Times

Currently 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

Dan Turpin SAVS community officer

Calling all Southend RNLI volunteers past and present

 

The Volunteering-on-Sea project run by Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) wants to hear from those dedicated people that currently volunteer or have volunteered for the Southend RNLI Station, whether you have been a member of the crew, helped fundraise, volunteered in the shop or supported the station we want to hear from you.

Volunteering-on-Sea has been created by young people and will be delivered by them so they can explore and share the heritage of volunteering in Southend, an historic seaside town. 20 young people will collect oral histories from organisations who use volunteers to support people on Southend Seafront, or who use the seafront to support their work. This will then create an exhibition which will travel across Southend showing the journey of 16 volunteer experiences over the last 125 years.

The Volunteering-on-Sea team will be at the Inshore Boathouse on Western Esplanade on Saturday 11th February from 12noon-2pm to collect memories of those that have volunteered and currently volunteering.

 

Commenting on the event Jim Mackie, Chairman of Southend Lifeboat Station said:

“Volunteering-on-Sea is an exciting project and will make young people aware of how many people are involved in volunteering. Without volunteers charities like the RNLI would not be able to operate and our volunteer crews would not be able to assist those in peril on the water”

 
Allison Semmence SAVS CEO
Welcome to our Spring newsletter – as I write the sun is shining and although the world is enduring tough times we have reason to be optimistic in Southend. 
 

Exciting New Volunteering Opportunities for June 2017!

 

 

 

Could you join the driving force behind a local charity?

 

Join SAVS on Monday 27th March (7-9pm) to find out more about becoming a Trustee over a drink. This is a chance for you to find out informally and without commitment about the role of a Trustee and understand how your skills can benefit local charities.

 

But who or what is a Trustee?

Trustees are the people with the responsibility for directing the business of the charity.  They are often the unsung heroes, playing a vital role in making the decisions that really matter about the charity's finances, activities and plans for the future.

 

Emily Middlemast, Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator at SAVS says:

 

“Charities benefit from the range of skills and experience that their trustees bring, but trustees can learn and develop new skills that may open up new opportunities for them, as well as meeting people who share their passion”.

 

No formal qualifications are usually needed, and the time required can often fit easily around other commitments. Most people have skills, knowledge or experience which they can bring to a charity and estimates suggest that almost half of all charities have at least one vacancy on their board. 

 

 As the role of the Trustee is quite different from other volunteer roles, SAVS (29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend) are running  “Becoming a Trustee” on Monday 27th March, 7-9pm, for anyone who would like to know more. This session is free and all are welcome. Why not come along, and see how you can join the driving force behind a local charity. 

 

To book your place please email training@savs-southend.co.uk or call 01702 356000. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Further information:

Dan Turpin

Southend Association of Voluntary Services

SAVS
29-31 Alexandra Street
Southend On Sea
Essex
SS1 1BW
Tel: 01702 356021
Email: dturpin@savs-southend.co.uk

Highlight of the Week

                           
Free Office furniture and stationary
Local office in central Southend is closing down and has a lot of office furniture and stationary available which needs to be gone by Saturday. If interested please call Nick on 07738 635101

Calling all Southend Carnival volunteers past and present

The Volunteering-on-Sea project run by Southend Association of Voluntary Services (SAVS) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) wants to hear from those dedicated people that currently volunteer or have volunteered for the Southend Carnival Association, whether you have helped with organising an event, been on the committee or even been a member of the Carnival Court we want to hear from you.

Volunteering-on-Sea has been created by young people and will be delivered by them so they can explore and share the heritage of volunteering in Southend, an historic seaside town. 20 young people will collect oral histories from organisations who use volunteers to support people on Southend Seafront, or who use the seafront to support their work. This will then create an exhibition which will travel across Southend showing the journey of 16 volunteer experiences over the last 125 years.

The Volunteering-on-Sea team will be at The Gleneagles Guesthouse, 5-6, Clifftown Parade on Monday 13th March from 4.30-6.30pm to collect memories of those that have volunteered and currently volunteering.

 

Commenting on the event Garry Lowen, Chair of Southend Carnival Association said:

 

“Carnival has a long history in Southend dating back to 1906 without volunteers Carnival would never happen. I would encourage volunteers past and present to come forward to support the Volunteering-on-Sea project and help piece together the history of Southend Carnival”

 

How do I register to vote?

 

 

You need to register before you can vote in UK elections. The different ways you can register to vote are listed below.

The deadline to register to vote for the UK general election on Thursday 8 June is Monday 22 May.

 

Registering to vote in England, Scotland and Wales

Register online

Visit the UK Government website to fill in a simple online form:

         GOV.UK: Register online

You will need your National Insurance Number (if you have one).

Register by post

Print off a form and send it to your local Electoral Registration Office:

         GOV.UK: Voter registration forms (paper versions)

Alternatively you can contact your Southend Electoral Registration Office on

01702 215010 or e mail council@southend.gov.uk

and ask them to post a form to you:

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

         16 years old or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18 years old)

         A British citizen

         An Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK

         Citizens of the European Union who are not Commonwealth citizens can vote in European and local elections in the UK, but are not able to vote in UK general elections.

When can I register to vote?

You can register to vote, or change your address on the electoral register, at any time throughout the year.

However, if you are seeking to vote in a specific election there will be a deadline by which you must have registered that will be determined by when that election is to be held.

Am I already registered to vote?

To find out whether or not you are registered to vote, you need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer on 01702 215010 or e mail council@southend.gov.uk

 

News

Carers Week 2017

(12th to 18th June) is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the invaluable contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

So we hope you will join us in raising awareness of the over 17,500 Carers living & caring in Southend-on-Sea, who everyday look after their loved ones.

This year Southend Carers will be hosting events for carers to come along to, take a break & have some fun including information stands in the town centre, a "Zest, Rest & De-Stress" DayFun Walk on the Pier & Bingo Night.

Please kindly circulate this email to any Carers you support or come into contact with or other organisations who you think may be interested.
 
For more information on Carers Week events please call
Southend Carers on 01702 393933 or
email: info@southendcarers.co.uk 
or visit our website www.southendcarers.co.uk   

If you want to know more about Carers Week or what is going on nationally go to the Carers Week page

Thank You for supporting Carers Week 2017
 

Bereavement by Suicide Support 

Facing the Future offers FREE peer-to-peer support groups for those bereaved through suicide. Support groups are available in:
Basildon
Southend
 
Included at the bottom of this story are links to our information booklet and poster for review. Please feel free to display these and/or share them with others. 

As a service invested in promoting and enhancing wellbeing, we hope you’ll consider introducing Facing the Future to those bereaved by suicide who are looking for support.The groups are completely free, limited to a maximum of eight people and delivered for six consecutive weeks. Individuals can self-refer.
 
Facilitated by a Cruse and Samaritans volunteer specialising in support around suicide and bereavement, the groups enable individuals bereaved by suicide to share their experiences with others in a safe, confidential space.
 
The groups have been designed to be as inclusive as possible: Those eligible to attend will be over 18 and bereaved by suicide for 3 months or longer.

Individuals do not have to reside in areas where the groups are located.
  
Anyone interested in attending a support group can register online at:  http://www.facingthefuturegroups.org or by calling our enquiry line on 0208 939 9560. 
 
Should you have any questions, or for further information please email: info@facingthefuturegroups.org or contact us on the above number.

Facing the Future Poster
Facing the Future Booklet
 

Shared Space Website

Life-changing volunteering opportunities Local social enterprise, Shared Space has launched a website about their work in Southend. It is  packed with stories and information about their life-changing volunteering opportunities.
 
Have a look at www.charityshop.co for stories from 10 of their 85 volunteers.
 

Community Theatre Project  

CapaTaro, an emerging theatre company based in Southend-on-Sea, is excited to announce that its project, Hey Billy, this is just the beginning! – a new community play for Southend, has been funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and as part of Southend Borough Council’s125th Anniversary Celebrations.



We would like to invite people from across the community to participate in this project in any and every way possible. Our theatre is open to everyone, and a community play can only be made when the community is involved!
In response to Billy Bragg’s words, ‘Southend’s the end’ in his hit song A13, Trunk Road to the Sea, we say, “Hey Billy, this is just the beginning, we just see it from a different perspective!”

So what’s next, and how can you get involved? 

  • You can tell us a story about yourself and Southend’s past, present or future. Contact us by email capatarotheatreco@gmail.com look out for our postcards in the library, SAVS and The Old waterworks.

  • You could join the specially created Southend People’s Choir which will meet at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7AB every Tuesday from the 20th of June (6pm – 8pm).

  • And you can participate in the Theatre Workshops led by friendly theatre practitioners every Sunday from the 2nd of July at the Clifftown Theatre, Nelson Mews, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EF (2 pm - 4 pm).


 
The choir and the theatre workshops are drop-in activities and you don’t need any experience – everyone is welcome.
And if you can think of other ways you’d like to get involved, then just get in touch via email capatarotheatreco@gmail.com or call 07946855340
 
A big thank you to our amazing local partners SAVS, The Old Waterworks, Focal Point Gallery, Southend Borough Council, East15 Acting School who are helping us make this exciting project happen.

Events & Meetings

Summer Concert

Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 8pm 
John Seeley’s Jazz and Saxophone Group present an evening of Jazz and Popular tunes 
Free admission and refreshments, free parking and a Raffle
Main Hall, St. Michael and All Angels Church, 62 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1LF 
Email: info@johnseeleyjazz.co.uk
Website: www.johnseeleyjazz.co.uk
 

Parish Nursing Afternoon Tea


 

Per Mare per Ecclesiam

(By the Sea, by the Church)
PinpointCreate mark Borough’s 125th anniversary with new outdoor production.

Arts organisation PinpointCreate are working in conjunction with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council to produce a free, live performance with storytelling, theatre and music to celebrate moments in time throughout Southend-on-Sea’s 125 years as an incorporated borough.

The performance explores how Southend-on-Sea has developed since 1892, presenting stories of the people who visited or settled in the town over the years since then. The title Per Mare per Ecclesiam, and inspiration for this performance comes from Southend-on-Sea’s Coat of Arms and motto.

There will be performances at 4pm and 6pm on Saturday 10 June at Belfairs Woodland Centre in Belfairs Woods. Free tickets can be obtained from www.eventbrite.co.uk

For more information, please go to www.pinpointcreate.com
 

Charity Auction


 

Universal Credit Full Service in Southend

Universal Credit is being rolled out across the country.
In November 2014 we started to test the Universal Credit Full Service with claimants in Sutton. The enhanced full service lets us test and learn how Universal Credit works with the full range of claimants, no matter how complex their needs or circumstances in a digital environment. 
This gradual approach will provide the best level of support for claimants as we continue to test the service. The learning from this test will inform the future development of our enhanced full service as we roll out Universal Credit across Great Britain.
 
As part of this expansion, will we be rolling out Universal Credit full service in the Southend area from 19th July 2017.
 
Before launching the Full Service within Southend we will be raising the awareness of Universal Credit. We will be working closely with all our key stakeholders including social landlords and voluntary sector organisations as we know the key to delivering Universal Credit successfully is in building strong relationships locally.

We would therefore like to invite you to an introductory meeting on Wednesday 14th June 2017 at 10am and finishing by 1.30pm at Southend Jobcentre. The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to learn about Universal Credit Full Service, as well as offering you the chance to raise any questions.

We really hope you will be able to participate in the discussion and learn more about how you and your customers may be affected.

We hope that this meeting will be useful and that you or your organisation will be represented. Due to space restrictions please can you confirm your attendance by emailing Andrew.brown1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk as soon as possible.


Big Health Day

Training

Mental Health Training

MHT 1 (Mental health training one) is a whole day course running at the Minds Jubilee centre in Southend. The course is suitable for anyone wanting to know more about mental health.
The course includes;

  • How to recognise signs & symptoms of mental ill-health

  • To be able to gain an understanding of mental health diagnoses

  • To gain a basic understanding of treatments for common mental health problems

  • Develop ways of approaching someone struggling with their mental health

  • Increase knowledge of local service providers and where to signpost someone with mental health difficulties

This course is running on Monday 19th June 2017 9.30 till 4pm £60 per delegate
MHT2 (Mental health training two) is an advanced training course that runs at Mind Jubilee centre. To attend this course you need to have completed MH1 within the last year.
The course includes;

  • An in depth awareness of treatment for mental health.

  • An in depth knowledge about self-harm and suicide and how to work with someone experiencing distress.

  • To gain an understanding of psychosis.

  • An understanding of how media affects mental health.

The course is running on 24th July 9.30 -4.00pm £60 per delegate the booking form can be downloaded from the following link https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7-aC_0ZJPHZWGJZekczaVpMMHM
 

Trustee Roles & Responsibilities

Is your board fit for purpose? This one day course on the 6th July in Chelmsford is designed to support both novice and experienced trustees in providing effective governance within their organisations. It considers their roles and responsibilities in general before looking at particular areas in more detail. The course covers all the essential information and includes specific exercises and case studies to develop the participants’ problem-solving skills.
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Funding

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (Deadline 1 September 2017)

Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3XW7FvN20PD3xr2c1T62Xly/main-grantsfor more information.
 

BBC Children in Need – Small Grants Programme (Deadline 1 September 2017)

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 for projects that help children and young people experiencing illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties'; and deprivation. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants for more information.
 

Funding to Support Arts Projects (Deadline 1 October 2017)

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to help individuals and organisations such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations carry out arts projects; in particular music projects including Opera, Lieder, Composition and Dance. The funding can be used to pay for tuition or coaching costs, to participate in external competitions, to support a specially arranged performance and for a special publication, musical composition or work of art. Visit http://www.fideliocharitabletrust.org.uk/index.phpfor more information.
 

Dulverton Trust Grant 

The Trust prefers to support medium sized charities (with an income of £200,000 to £5million) where their grant can make a difference and will also consider applications from newly registered charities. The trust currently supports a wide range of activities in the following categories: Youth Opportunities, General Welfare, Conservation and Preservation. Priority will be given to projects which are open to all members of the community. Trustees meet three times a year to consider grant proposals: in February, June and October. Applications can however be submitted at any time. The Trust also operates a Minor grants programme, providing funding of up to £5,000 for locally operating charities with an income below £200,000. This programme is administered by selected Community Foundations. Visit http://www.dulverton.org/ for more information.
 

Funding for Young People to Develop Social Enterprises (UK)

UnLtd, in partnership with Sports Relief and the Spirit of 2012, has announced that young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea can apply for funding of up to £15,000.  Young people can apply for a Test it Award of up to £500 or a Build it Award of up to £15,000. Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30.  Test it Awards provide young people with the chance to unlock their potential and make a positive difference in the community. The Test it Awards are available to 200 young people to run their own projects.  There is a on stage application process for Test It Awards. Visit http://www.sportrelief.com/schools/youth-groups/carry-on-your-good-work for more information.
 

Community Business Fund Due to Re-Open for Applications (deadline 5 July 2017)

Power to Change, which supports community businesses, has announced that its £10 million Community Business Fund will re-open for applications on the 7th June 2017. Power to Change will be awarding grants between £50,000- £300,000 to support and develop local community businesses in England that work for the benefit of the local community. To be eligible for funding applicants need to be incorporated (rather than as a collection of individuals) and funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs. Visit http://www.powertochange.org.uk/funding/grants/community-business-fund/ for more information.
 

Apply for Monthly Donation from Hadleigh Evening WI (deadline 21June 2017)

Hadleigh Evening WI are looking for a small group delivering benefits to those in Southend to support with a monthly donation of £50-£100, over the next year; if you think this would benefit your organisation / group please send a short paragraph explaining what your organisation does and what the money would mean to your group, along with your contact details to gcartwright@savs-southend.co.uk by the 21 June. The information provided will be shared with the group for their decision. If you have any questions please ring Gemma Cartwright, Funding & Development Officer on 01702 356008

Jobs

Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 1200 lives every year.
 

Move-on Co-ordinator (Hostels and Supported Housing)

Salary: Starting at Point 26, £23,398 rising incrementally to Point 28, £24,964 per annum
Location: Southend-on-Sea
Contract Type: Permanent, 37 hours per week
Ref No: MC1

We are looking to recruit an experienced co-ordinator for our Lottery Funded ‘Transitions’ accommodation services in Southend. Reporting to a Service Manager, you will be responsible for the management of a team of front-line staff in a high-support hostel service and step-down hostels leading to move-on to independent living. You will work with and deputise for the Service Manager to ensure that a recovery focussed service is provided to service users and that the service is operated in line with HARP values, procedures and legal requirements and that it meets the funder’s and service user’ needs.

To be considered for this role, you will need the demonstrable ability to lead a staff team to deliver a highly effective, client centred accommodation service for service users with multiple and complex needs that include substance use and mental health and the ability to take day to day responsibility for the property and other service resources. This experience must include the holistic assessment of need, support and risk, and multi-agency casework planning.

You will also have excellent and demonstrable skills in the monitoring, accuracy of data and evaluation of the project to provide monthly reports to HARP and the Big Lottery Fund.

Organised, adaptable, and an excellent communicator, you will be enthusiastic about working in a psychologically informed environment, and creative in your approach to service delivery. You are resilient in, and motivated by, a constantly changing and busy environment, and able to motivate and lead others. A good understanding of the regulatory and financial environment within which accommodation based support operates is essential.

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career and contribution to our clients. Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays. HARP operates a workplace pension through The People’s Pension. You will automatically be enrolled into the pension scheme if you qualify. In this case, HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will also be required to make a contribution (which will be made via a deduction from your pay).

Further information is provided separately which includes details of contributions and how to contact the pension provider. HARP reserves the right to change pension provider at its absolute discretion.

Closing date:          Wednesday 28th June 2017 - Midday
Shortlisting:            Monday 3rd July 2017
Interview date:      Monday 10th July 2017

If you are interested in this position the job description and person specification detailing the Technical and Professional Know How required and an application form can be found at our website via the button below.

If you would like to discuss this role please contact Doreen Pujol, Service Manager on 01702 602913.
To apply for this position, download an application from our website www.harpsouthend.org.uk clicking on the “Jobs” tab or contact: Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.

 
Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?
HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 1200 lives every year.
 

Mental Health Liaison Worker (Day Services)

Salary: Starting at Point 26 to 28 £23,398 to £24,964
Location: Southend-on-Sea
Contract Type: Permanent, 21 hours per week
Ref No: MHL1

We are looking to recruit an experienced person with substantial knowledge of mental health service provision for our Lottery Funded ‘Transitions’ accommodation services in Southend. Reporting to a Team Leader, you will be part of an integrated team of front-line staff based at The Bradbury Centre working to improve long term rough sleeper’s mental health, physical wellbeing to aid the move off the streets into ‘Transitions’ supported housing providing stability and support.

Developing, creating and maintaining partnerships with the voluntary and statutory mental health agencies is a vital component of the role to deliver maximum impact to helping service users sustain their accommodation and achieve a better quality of life.

You will work to ensure that a recovery focussed service is provided to service users and that the service is operated in line with HARP values, procedures and legal requirements and that it meets the funder’s and service user’ needs.

To be considered for this role, you will need the demonstrable ability to deliver real impact for service users with multiple and complex needs that include cessation of alcohol and substance use and improvements to mental health. This experience must include the holistic assessment of need, support and risk, and multi-agency casework planning.

Organised, adaptable, and an excellent communicator, you will be enthusiastic about working in a psychologically informed environment, and creative in your approach to service delivery. You are resilient in, and motivated by, a constantly changing and busy environment, and able to motivate and lead others. A good understanding of the clinical and regulatory environment within which mental health based support operates is essential.

HARP operates a workplace pension through The People’s Pension. You will automatically be enrolled into the pension scheme if you qualify. In this case, HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will also be required to make a contribution (which will be made via a deduction from your pay).

Further information is provided separately which includes details of contributions and how to contact the pension provider. HARP reserves the right to change pension provider at its absolute discretion.

Closing date:          Wednesday 28th June 2017 (midday)
Shortlisting:            Thursday 29th June 2017
Interview date:      Wednesday 5th July 2017

If you are interested in this position the job description and person specification detailing the Technical and Professional Know How required and an application form can be found at our website via the button below.

If you would like to discuss any of the roles please contact Neal McArdle, Team Leader, on 01702 430696.
To apply for this position, download an application from our website   www.harpsouthend.org.uk clicking on the “Jobs” tab or contact: Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000.

Charity No: 1098126 Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742
HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer
 

Business Development Officer (Fixed-Term for 6 months)

Salary: £21,000 per annum pro-rata
 
Hours: 15 hours per week, 2 full days per week to be worked 09:00 – 17:00, between Tuesday and Thursday.  There may be opportunity for evening and weekend work for which you will be granted compensatory time off in lieu.

Contract Type: Fixed Term
 
Location: Southend-on-Sea
 
Job Summary: This is a new role with great potential to grow.  The Job Holder will be required to expand the current mental health training packages by generating leads and new sales and building relationships with key stakeholders.
 
Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be educated to A Level standard.

  • Proven experience of creating training packages.

  • Experience of consultancy work with a range of stakeholders.

  • Proven sales or promotional experience in a target driven environment.

  • Highly developed interpersonal and customer communication skills.

 
Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of contemporary MH issues.

  • Ability to plan and organise effectively, independently prioritising own workload.

  • Proven facilitation skills.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Ability to build collaborative working partnerships at all levels.

  • Good IT skills including databases, excel and powerpoint.

 
Closing Date: Midday Tuesday 13 June 2017
 
Interview date: Friday 16 June 2017
 
A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required.  Must hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car for business use or a means of effectively and efficiently travelling around the area to carry out the duties of the role.
 
South East and Central Essex Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer.
For more information please contact HR: Tel: 01702 601123 or email HR@seandcessexmind.org.uk
 
Mental Health Trainer
Salary: £15.39 per hour

Hours: Bank working - Training sessions generally delivered between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. There may be opportunity for evening and weekend work.

Contract Type: Zero hours contract

Location: Locations across South East and Central Essex.

Job Summary: To deliver established mental health training packages both internally and externally to a range of businesses and organisations.  To meet set KPI’s set by the Business Development Manager and Service Manager.

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be Educated to Degree level or working towards a relevant professional qualification relating to mental health.

  • Relevant professional qualifications/experience in training and mental health.

  • Proven experience of design and delivery of high quality, evidence based training and L&D activities.

  • Experience of consultancy work with a range of stakeholders

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of contemporary MH issues.

  • Ability to plan and organise effectively, prioritising own workload.

  • Proven facilitation skills.

  • Excellent customer service skills.

  • Ability to build collaborative working partnerships at all levels.

  • Good IT skills.

Closing Date: on-going
Interview  date: To be confirmed.
A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required.  To hold a full valid driving licence and access to a car for business use or a means of effectively and efficiently travelling around the area to carry out the duties of the role.
South East and Central Essex Mind is an Equal Opportunities employer.
For more information please contact HR: Tel: 01702 601123 or email HR@seandcessexmind.org.uk
 

Children, Young People’s and Families’ Caseworker – Full Time

Westcliff based SOS Domestic Abuse Projects is looking for an experienced domestic abuse practitioner to work as part of our Fledgling’s Children, Young People and Families’ team.
 
Working with Children and troubled families, the ideal candidate will need to be highly motivated and committed to making a difference to the lives of children affected by domestic abuse, and to ensure positive outcomes for them and their families through therapeutic programmes and ongoing support and advocacy.
 
Relevant experience of working with children and parents is essential, as well as knowledge of and working with, other local agencies and services.  Monitoring and evaluation of service delivery is key in line with the funding requirements for the post.
 
Salary: Further information upon request, but subject to qualifications and relevant experience.
 
Hours:37.5 hours per week
 
Annual leave: Commencing at 25 days per annum
 
Closing date:   Friday 16th June 2017

For further information and an application pack, please contact hr@sosdap.org

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