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Are you looking for work, which is both rewarding and fun, supporting older people to live with independence, choice and with all the support they need?

 We are recruiting a support worker to work in our New Specialist Day Service in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea.

 In January 2021, we are launching our very first specialist day service for older people and those with dementia. We will be providing a high quality personalised service based on an activity programme specifically designed to improve health and wellbeing. You will need to be flexible, reliable and respectful, working on your own and as part of a team, happy to help with personal care.

 The specialist Day Service will initially be open for three days a week, but we anticipate this moving to five days a week as it grows. So if you like working with older people, want to be involved in the launch of a new venture and can increase your hours as demand for the service grows, we would love to hear from you

 Please see here for job description and person specification plus details of how to apply


We are hiring

Last month we told you about the gradual re-opening of The Haven Community Hub and we couldn't be more excited about the way it's all going.

The Treat Street Cafe is up and running, our hairdresser is keeping busy, the new reflexology and holistic therapy treatments are taking bookings and first4feet are back offering foot care services.

Our GRAND OPENING with activities and fitness classes starting  again,  is on Monday 2nd November. Take a look here   at the weekly timetable, but be quick, these are

pre bookable only and spaces are going fast.

We are so delighted with the response received from everyone who has returned and we would like to thank you all for adhering to the safety measures put in place to comply with covid-19 regulations.



A little help with your IT problems


On Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm our Computer expert is offering one to one 30 minutes sessions to help with computer, laptop, tablet and phone help. No problem too small, so don't struggle, book yourself a session at The Haven Community Hub.


Christmas Gift Campaign


Do you know an older person who lives alone and who might be without family or friends over the festive period?  We want to make sure that any older lonely person in our community, receives a Christmas Gift or two. If you would like to place someone on the Christmas Gift list or you would like to donate any gifts call 01702 345373 or email [email protected]


Knitting for our Charity


Thanks to Maxine  from  for popping in to present us with hand knitted sensory blankets. These will come in so handy when we open 'Days at The Haven' our specialst day care service at The Haven Community Hub in January 2021.


Fancy a hot lunch but don't feel like cooking?


Treat Steet Cafe can help. Freshly cooked meals delivered to your door. Ideal for those cold winter days or for anyone having to isolate. Call

07814 643751 the day before, to find out dish of the day and

place your order.

Cash or Card payment on delivery


Yoga Classes at The Hub


We have a selection of Yoga Classes at The Haven Community Hub with something for all ages.

Tuesdays 1pm-2pm Gentle Yoga

Thursday 11.30-12.15 supportive Yoga with chairs

Thursday 7pm-8pm Yoga for all

Book in advance 07835 942365 or [email protected]


What a Success!

Southend in Sight celebrates member’s 100th birthday

Talk and Support volunteer meets lady he has helped during lockdown as she turns 100

During lockdown, volunteers from Southend in Sight began offering a Talk and Support service helping the charity’s visually impaired members who were shielding to have contact with the outside world. One of those members using the service was Doris Rose. She was supported by Paul Taylor. The two struck up a friendship and as Doris looks forward to her 100th birthday, they met socially distanced but in person, for the first time.

Doris Rose began to experience macular degeneration a few years ago and found support through Southend in Sight. Her walking is restricted and throughout the first lockdown she was shielding but she has a very positive outlook on life and describes herself as ‘the youngest old age pensioner’. She has been having regular weekly calls from Paul since April and said of them ‘To begin with our calls were just for a few minutes but as we’ve got to know each other, the conversations have got longer and longer. It makes a change to hear someone else. I love a discussion.”

 Doris is also a veteran, having served as radar operator in a mixed heavy AA unit for the Royal Artillery in World War II. She was stationed all around the UK in places such as Anglesey and London. She had to leave the army to have her son, John who now lives nearby and speaks to her every day. Paul said talking to her about her war time experiences was very interesting as she was the same generation as his own parents.

 “Doris is always so bright and bubbly when we speak. She never has a negative word to say. It was wonderful to actually meet her at last. She may not realise it but talking to her every week has also helped me during lockdown,” he said.


Paul has volunteered for Southend in Sight since July 2019, having experienced his own sight issues a few years ago. He now calls six visually impaired people every week and a further two every other week as part of the charity’s Talk and Support scheme.


Lucy Martin, Southend in Sight CEO said “Our volunteers have provided such a valuable service during these challenging times and it was wonderful for Paul to eventually meet Doris on the doorstep to celebrate her special birthday!”


For information on the Talk and Support scheme run by Southend in Sight, please call 01702 342131.


Please note: Southend in Sight offices are open for sight loss advice on the usual number: 01702 342131.  Staffing is limited in the building and the staff may not be able to answer the phone immediately.  Our emergency number is: 07512 33 55 74.

Southend in Sight celebrates member’s 100th birthday

Talk and Support volunteer meets lady he has helped during lockdown as she turns 100

Footcare for all









First4Feet will be back at The Haven Hub every Thursday as soon as we are able to open our doors again. In the meantime, if you need assistance you can give them a call on 01702 554445

As we reach the end of 2020 we can't help reflect on how difficult this has been for everyone.

Our small charity has faced many challenges. The Haven Community Hub had to close for many months and our fundraising events were all cancelled, resulting in a huge loss in income.

Thanks to our dedicated team of staff and volunteers and of course you, our supporters, we have still achieved so much.

We have continued to offer support and advise, helping many older people get the help and support they needed, this year, in particular.

Our team of telephone befrienders are now reaching 250 older people with a weekly call for a chat to help ease loneliness and isolation.

You, our friends and supporters have helped so much by donating money and your time to enable us to continue helping older people in the community.

A big heartfelt thank you from all of us and we hope that 2021 will be an easier year for everyone.


You can donate to Age Concern Southend here and help us make a difference.

A round up of 2020

Spreading a little Cheer

















During December, our amazing volunteers and their families were out and about delivering gifts to older people who would be alone over the Festive Season. Over 90 people were delighted to receive a socially distanced doorstep visit with their gift and have a brief Chat. Our thanks to who kindly donated gifts instead of their usual staff secret Santa, and to other members of the local community who also donated presents.

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A new Forum to give parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) an independent voice in Southend-on-Sea has been appointed by the Department for Education.

 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Southend-on-Sea Clinical Commissioning Group are pleased to partner with Southend SEND Independent Forum (SSIF), as the official forum for the parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.

 Already supported by the Department for Education, SSIF have an established website, a broad social media presence and are providing the voice for parents and carers.

 Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “I’m pleased to welcome our new partnership with Southend SEND Independent Forum and would like to thank everyone for participating to represent Southend’s families of children with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities.

 “We are really looking forward to working with SSIF, the lived experience of parents and carers is vital in the design and delivery of SEND services.

 “I urge SEND families to get involved and become a SSIF member for advice and to have your voice heard.”

 The group are keen to expand their membership so that they can effectively represent the voice of all Southend families of children with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities.

 If you are a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND aged 0-25 and you live in Southend, SSIF would love you to get involved.

 As a member you can access advice, support and information, or there are opportunities to become more actively involved by supporting the committee and representing all families.

 Emma Traylor, Chair of SSIF said: “Hope is where the heart is. The team of SSIF and I all have a lot of heart and lived experience and we want to help parents and carers in Southend have a voice. We want to ensure these voices help shape the services available and help meet the needs of families in Southend. We are proud to be the PCF for Southend and we will strive to let your voices be heard. Together we can make positive change, in the right way.”

 For more information regarding SSIF please see


For more information regarding SSIF please see


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