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[Skills & Crafts community workshops Southend] Basic Survival Course

basic survival

A one day basic course in Survival Skills.

how to build a shelter

How to build a Fire & maintain it

Cooking & Camp Craft Skills

Safe use of tools

& much More

All tools & equipment are provided

Includes a vegetarian stew & camp fire bread

You will need to bring:

Waterproofs & sensible footware

Old Norse saying:

There is no bad weather, only bad clothing!
Why not come & experience this course to develop your skills & knowledge

Investment £50 for day can be paid by cash, cheque of bank transfer ( message for details)

A non refundable deposit of £20 is required to secure your space, this will go towards booking the venue & food provided

This one day course will be held at:
Belchamps scout camp,
Holyoaks Lane

We look forward to sharing this event with you.

Saturday July 16 9am-5pm.

See the facebook page for more information.




Make Southend Sparkle is about taking pride and positive action to improve your local area. Volunteer your time to make positive changes where you live.


Take pride in where you live and help to ‘Make Southend Sparkle’.

We live in a beautiful coastal town from the popular tourist area of Leigh-on-Sea to the wildlife rich Gunners Park in Shoeburyness. With stunning views across the estuary, numerous parks and public spaces and the glittering lights of the seafront, there is always something to interest and enthral.

Help make Southend the place to be by improving your local area. Whether it is by simply tidying your front garden, working with your neighbours to tidy up the communal alleyway behind your house or volunteering your time in some of the great local initiatives, you can help to make a real difference.

We want to hear your success stories. Maybe you and your neighbours have litter-picked your street; perhaps you have adopted an area near your home and are helping keeping it well maintained or maybe you help a friend or neighbour look after their front garden. Take before and after shots and post your stories here.

We want proactive and dedicated volunteers who are keen to take action and improve the place they live. If you have ideas of activities and want help getting your idea off the ground, or simply want to express your interest, you can email

We can help with advice, support and in some instances we will be able to provide the equipment you need.

If you need to make a complaint about a problem in your local area you can contact Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in a number of ways:

Visit www.southend.gov.uk
Email council@southend.gov.uk
Call 01702 215000

Event Invitation: Three Acres And A Cow, A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story’‏

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Saturday 21 May 6-10pm at The Fisherman’s Chapel – Methodist Church, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea.

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with current issues of fracking and the housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution, drawing a compelling narrative through the radical people’s history of Britain in folk song, stories and poems.

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

The show starts with a 6.00pm potluck for a 7.00pm start – please bring a dish!

http://www.etickets.to/buy/?e=13611 or http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/leigh

£10 (£8 concessions) + £1 online booking fee

Tickets can be bought locally from Adam without the £1 booking fee via squeezebox.folk@gmail.com

A limited number of pay-what-you-can tickets for low income people are available – please contact cow23@threeacresandacow.co.uk

The photo above depicts a wood engraving by Claire Leighton, courtesy of the artist’s estate – http://threeacresandacow.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/man-digging-potatoes-no-border.jpg

Matt King, the CEO at Growing Together Westcliff, said he saw the show at the Greenbelt Festival last year and that it was excellent.

Visit the facebook page for further information.

Southend-on-Sea in Transition – Status Update

international women's day

Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s day and to mark it The Bookshop Experience wants to put in an impromptu women’s poetry and spoken word night. A chance for anyone to get up and say what it means to them to be a woman in 2016. This years theme is “A Pledge for Parity” what does this mean to you… How will your work accelerate the Gender equality which we know we are as yet far from. Tickets are £5 are open to all genders! and include a light refreshment, seats are limited so first come first served. Profits from the night will be donated to the Dove Centre Women’s refuge, helping survivors of Domestic Abuse. Please purchase your ticket in advance. If you would like to speak, recite or read please contact Sarah here at the bookshop. Happy evening everyone x

Visit the facebook page for more information.

Socratic Dialogue 13 February 2016

SOCRATIC DIALOGUE on Saturday 13th February 2016


Question: When must I stand up for my principles?


Facilitator: Jayne Crow


Venue: Nazareth House St Joseph’s

111 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1PP

Times:  9.30 – 16.30

Coffee is at 9.30 to ensure a prompt start at 10.00

*Lunch 12.30 to 13.30 (approx)


SfCP would like to invite you a one-day Socratic Dialogue to be held in Southend-on-Sea. Nazareth House St Joseph’s is approximately a twenty walk from Southend Central Railway Station (Fenchurch Street line) and fifteen minutes from Southend Victoria Station (Liverpool Street line).  And the venue has a large car park.


There is a small enrolment fee of £10 to cover the cost of renting the venue, and ideally this fee should be paid in advance preferably by cheque made out to SfCP and sent with the completed Enrolment Form to: 


Pat Wood 64 Woodleigh Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4JB


By the 11th February 2016 at the latest


Please Note:

*You can either bring a packed lunch or purchase food from shops near the venue


Best wishes

Pat Wood & Jayne Crow


If you have any queries please contact Pat by email: woodly@fastmail.co.uk

or leave a message or text on 07867 556247



for Socratic Dialogue

Saturday 13th February 2016

in Southend-on-Sea















Please tick


Please enrol me for the Socratic Dialogue on

Saturday 13th February 2016                                          ……….


My cheque is enclosed with this form                                 ………


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Please send me:

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My enrolment is confirmation that:


I will attend for the whole time on Saturday 13th February 2016



Signature: __________________________________________


Please return ASP and no later than 11th February 2016 to:

Pat Wood by email:



or by post with your cheque to:

Pat Wood 64 Woodleigh Avenue, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 4JB

Socratic Dialogues 2016 Dates & Venue





Dates for 2016:

Saturday 13th February

Saturday 7th May

Saturday 12th November

(Flyers and Enrolment Forms will be circulated nearer each date)


Time: 09.30 – 16.30

Coffee & Tea available at 9.30 to ensure a prompt start at 10.00

Lunch 12.30 to 13.30 (participants can either bring a packed lunch or purchase food from shops near the venue).


Venue: Nazareth House St Joseph’s

111 London Road





There is a small enrolment fee of £10 to help cover the cost of renting the venue. While ideally this fee should be paid in advance payment by cash or a cheque made out to SfCP can be made on the day.




SfCP Contact Person: Pat Wood

If you have any queries please contact Pat by email

woodly@fastmail.co.uk or by text on 07867 556

Organic Vegetable Growing Course

Southend in Transition Vision 2030

Resilient Southend – Food and Reskilling

As crop yields were strongly affected by climate disruption and high oil prices hit farmers around the world making imported food costly the population had to relearn how to grow some of their own food. Some people took the chance and made a career out of that – starting up local market gardens and offering their skills to people who needed help with learning how to grow food. UK farmers who early on changed their ways of working to incorporate organic and permaculture principles became competetive again supplying nearby towns and cities. All in all the local economies became stronger as the money circulated mainly locally. Doctors reported that people are healthier with levels of obesity very much below those of 2009 and diabetes in children became a rareity again thanks to the fresh, organic and seasonal produce available. The favourite programme on TV was the X Veg Factor and you could overhear that the heated talk in the local pub -The Cricketers was about to dig or not to dig.

A step in the right direction.

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What else could happen to bring us closer to a resilient Southend of 2030? Share in the comments.

Improving the life chances

kemp welch partnership

Improving the life chances of Looked After Young People leaving Care using a multi-agency partnership approach


Our project aims to turn young lives around and thus to begin to break the intergenerational cycle of underachievement and social breakdown within the community. `We are now planning the 2009/10 project (our third year of the KWP project) when we shall be working with a group of 10-12 young people aged 18 who are making the transition from Care to independent living. These young people are from the 100-150 most ‘hard-to-reach’, vulnerable and disenfranchised young people in Care in the Southend community who have reached the end of their Care career and who are not in education, employment or training when they are selected. Most have a record of offending and anti-social behaviour and are all damaged by their previous life experience of abuse, neglect and trauma and some have been through many different foster homes.


The project arose as a result of the generous offer of the Essex Fire and Rescue Service to second a Senior Fire Officer, with youth work experience, to work with the 2007/8 High Sheriff of Essex, Diana Kemp-Welch, on a project towards the aim of her year “Turning young lives around”.


The project is broken down into 4 key stages to aid the development of the young person over a period of nine months – 1) Engagement, 2) Empowerment,

3) Education and finally 4) Employment.

During the project the young people participate in a number of vocational and educational courses e.g. outdoor pursuits at Maes-y-Lade in Wales; the Essex Fire & Rescue Service ‘Firebreak’ course; courses run by the Prince’s Trust, and towards the conclusion of the project they have the opportunity for one week’s voluntary work in Romania with the Smiles Foundation. We also offer the chance to attain the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

KWP employ a full-time Project Coordinator who facilitates the work with the young people and we also offer a volunteer Mentoring scheme which offers each young person a trained Mentor who meets regularly with each participant.

The young people appreciate the benefits of a consistent adult in their lives and that they gain a sense of belonging to the group.

At the end of the project it is anticipated that each young person will have achieved a number of challenges both personal and vocational, culminating in accredited qualifications that should enable them to pursue a beneficial and fulfilling life both for themselves and society.


There are 12 agencies involved working with us on the KWP project with the lead being taken by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Other partners include the Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Southend YMCA, South East Essex College, Prospects College, Crown College, South East Essex PCT, Southend Connexions, Coles Driving School, Southend Women’s Aid, Southend United Community Education Trust, the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation and Essex Police.


It is also worth making the point that participation in our 9-month project at a cost of just under £7,000 per young person represents a considerable saving in money when compared with the cost of keeping a child in Care which can cost upwards of £150,000 and youth custody costing over £50,000 a year.


On 22nd April 2009 KWP became a designated project under the Young Concern Trust, a registered Charity and company with limited liability (Charity No. 298984, Company Limited by Guarantee No. 235097).


Everybody will be made to feel welcome and part of the group…..they will all challenge themselves and by the end they will feel like they belong to something.”

I wouldn’t have got through if everybody had not pulled me through and encouraged me….. a fabulous day of teamwork.”

I feel very happy and proud of myself.”

The happiest holiday I’ve had – I’ve never laughed as much.”

Being able to relax without their normal peer pressure and without having to be anyone they don’t want to be has helped them grow as people.”

I can see the TEAM more now.” – Together Everyone Achieves More

Everyone has been pushed to do things that they possibly wouldn’t have done before.”

If you feel you can offer support to this project please contact :



Queensway House

Essex Street



Patron : Lady Kemp-Welch

Project Coordinator : Jason Orgles

E-mail: jasonorgles-kwp@hotmail.co.uk

Phone: 07518 011222

Coaching for Success

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What is your experience of coaching or being coached? Share your thoughts in the comments.