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“I wanted to create an endowment that would last in perpetuity and help the community of Southend indefinitely into the future when its problems would be even more complex than they are now.”

Howard Briggs
Founder of the Southend Fund (2001)
Mayor 2001/2002


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Trinity Football club

The Trinity Football club, based in Southend, received a grant of £3461 from the Southend Fund to create a programme of football for Girls.

Trinity FC has been active across Southend since they started in 1960. They have 26 teams with a 1000 players between 5 years to adult. They are a FA Charter Standard Development Club and their aim is to provide safe, accessible, well run football to all abilities and ethnic origins. They support the Kick It Out Campaign on racism and with a strong social side and ongoing activities they engage the whole family in the club.
In this film, Kim Brittle talks about how a grant from the Southend Fund enabled them to set up the football training for girls and had the added bonus of ‘Soccer Tots’. Parents of players also speak of the ‘knock on’ benefits alongside the coaching trainees.*

Balmoral Community Centre

The Balmoral Community Centre has received grants totalling £6,700 from the Southend Fund to support the centre as a vital resource for the deprived area of Westcliff in which it is based.

In this first video Stephanie Stamp of the management committee talks about the issues faced by the area interspersed with footage of some of the activities carried out at the centre.

In the second video Stephanie Stamp is explaining to the audience, at a Southend Community Fund awards evening, the benefit that an independent fund can bring to a community.

HARP (Homeless Action

To date the Southend Fund has provided grants totalling £10,000 to HARP to assist them with their core running costs.

HARP provides a 24 hour service to help and assist the homeless in the Southend area through a night shelter, day centre and medium stay hostel arrangements with associated health and other services.They aim to assist people into independent living accommodation and help them to re-enter society with dignity and hope.

In this video a former client shares his descent into homelessness and how he lost hos family and his health and then explains how HARP got his life back on track.

HARP’s Day Centre handles up to 20,000 visits each year to assist people with all problems arising from homelessness. It provides hot meals for up to 50 people each day, some of whom may not have eaten for several days. There are shower and washing facilities and a creche for families who are in transit/temporary accommodation with nowhere to go during the day. The Centre needs continual funding to meet its core running costs.
HARP provides an emergency service for those who are genuinely in need and without the benefit of a roof over their head. Basic human welfare relies heavily upon the provision of such a fundamental service and they help some of the most disadvantaged and underprivileged members of society.