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Community Forums in Southend

There are various community forums within Southend which bring together and support different local communities and groups. Forums are one way to get involved in activity and discussions about important local issues. Some local forums cover different themes like supporting children and young people or improving local health and wellbeing and others cover specific areas such as faith, ethnicity, volunteering or focus on smaller local areas and neighbourhoods.

There is some further information on the forums below.

1) SAVS Thematic Groups - Supported by SAVS (Southend Association of Voluntary Service)

SAVS Thematic Groups are attended by voluntary groups and organisations that provide services for people in the Southend-on-Sea area. The groups are an opportunity for voluntary organisations to keep informed on important issues affecting their group. They also provide an opportunity to promote the interests of the voluntary sector in Southend and to influence, support, collaborate over and promote the delivery of local services.

What areas or issues are covered by the SAVS Thematic Groups?

There are four groups covering four key themes. These are; Health and Wellbeing, Children and Young People, Black and Minority Ethnic, and Volunteer Managers. These groups happen once a quarter (4 times a year).

For more information or to join the groups please contact or go to

Dan Turpin, Information and Membership Services Officer 

SAVS Centre, 29-31 Alexandra Street
Telephone: 01702 356080

2) Southend Zimbabwean Network

Initiated in August 2009, the SZN is a partnership with the Turning Tides Neighbourhood Management Partnership (SAVS), with support from The Rosca Trust. SZN hopes to encourage, support and enable the Zimbabwean people within Southend to come together through one voice. The group is a fully inclusive voluntary organisation and membership is open to all who have an interest in supporting Zimbabwean community, regardless of race or religion.

SZN - Join In

On Wednesday 25th August 2010 (11-12noon) there will be an open meeting of the SZN in the Ground Floor Meeting's Room of the Central Library. New members are welcome. For more details about SZN membership, please contact Derek Edwards on 07828 587137.

3) Synergy Southend Network

Synergy Southend Network provides social and Scouting activities for men and women between the ages of 18 and 25, in the East Essex Area. We have a weekly meeting, and attend national events throughout the year.

Further information can be found at their website, please refer to Useful Websites on the right of this page.

4) Essex and Southend LINk

The LINk is an organization which looks to improve health and social care in the area. The LINk gives people the chance to say what they think and to suggest ideas to help improve services. The LINk works with care professionals to make sure everyone's views are heard.

They welcome people getting in contact to tell us their ideas or experiences to do with health and social care, and encourage people to get involved with the LINk.

5) Sarfend Forum

At the Sarfend website you'll find information on the seaside town, links to local sites, photos of Southend, and details of local attractions and an online forum to exchange views and comments. They also have advice for those visiting Southend-on-Sea, Southend News, and help on tracing Southenders. Please refer to Useful Websites section for the web link.

6) Southend Ethnic Minority Forum

Their Mission is to work to eliminate racial and religious discrimination, to champion the needs and interests of the Ethnic Minority Community, and to promote equal opportunity and harmony in the whole community.

For further information please go to their website via Useful Websites on the right of this page.

7) Voluntary Organisers Forum

The Volunteer Organisers Forum is for voluntary groups and organisations who involve volunteers in their work. For further information please visit the web link on the right of this page.

Page last updated: 07/05/2014