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An appeal for non-English speakers from A Better Start Southend

An appeal for non-English speakers from A Better Start Southend

Are you interested in supporting families for whom English is an additional language?
Or, are you a fluent speaker of languages other than English?

Sian Ansell and Lynsey Weston work for A Better Start Southend as Early Years Specialist Teachers and Communication and Language Advisors. They support young children’s communication development and their parents, carers, and early years professionals to develop their knowledge and understanding of the key role they play in supporting children’s communication and language development.

They lead a project called ‘Talking Heads’ which aims to ensure that all families have access to key early years information and are aware of all the services that are available to them and their children before they start school.

Much of the information shared by Health partners, Southend City Council, and Voluntary groups is often in written form and often in English. As Southend becomes increasingly more diverse they are aware that there are families who have yet to access this information. Some are families for whom English is an additional language and aren’t yet fluent speakers or readers of English.

Their project aims to ensure that all can access such information via a series of short videos, where those key messages are translated into a range of other languages.

Lynsey and Sian hope that their project is one that you would like to support, and that you might become a volunteer to help them translate key messages.

If so, please contact Sian at sian.ansell@eyalliance.org.uk, or Lynsey at lynsey.weston@eyalliance.org.uk . They would be happy to have a chat if you would like to discuss the project or have any further questions.

They also invite you to join their next Steering group Meeting on Thursday 26th January from 1.30pm-to 2.30pm (on ZOOM). Please e-mail them for the link.

They look forward to hearing from you soon!

Love Southend says ‘Thank you’ to our incredible emergency services.

Love Southend says ‘Thank you’ to our incredible emergency services.

At various times during the year Love Southend is keen to show our appreciation for our emergency service personnel. A mixture of sweets and biscuits along with Christmas cards a nd letters of thanks assuring staff of our ongoing prayers were recently delivered to: Southend Hospital to approx. 20 wards and departments. Text message received from… Continue Reading

Job Vacancy: Community Outreach Pastor

Job Vacancy: Community Outreach Pastor

Community Outreach Pastor Rochford Methodist Church, Southend & Leigh Circuit (20 hours per week) Rochford Methodist Church is offering an exciting opportunity to someone passionate about people and partnerships. Come GROW with us as our Community Outreach Pastor. Our Community Outreach Pastor will lead our work in seeking to connect with and make disciples among… Continue Reading

Jobs: Occasional Volunteer Driver and Loaders Wanted for New Life Wood

Jobs: Occasional Volunteer Driver and Loaders Wanted for New Life Wood

Occasional Volunteer Driver and Loaders wanted for New Life Wood. New Life Wood is a Christian based registered (charity No.1176061) which is supported by several Southend and Basildon churches. We are looking for occasional volunteer drivers and loaders to pick up and load waste wood from building sites around Essex onto our Transit caged trucks… Continue Reading

Jobs: Youth Worker at Wesley Methodist Church

Jobs: Youth Worker at Wesley Methodist Church

An exciting opportunity to lead a thriving youth club into the next phase of development! As Youth Worker at Wesley Methodist Church you will be responsible for the running of Fusion Youth & Kids, which regularly welcomes 60-80 children aged 5-11, and working with our young people and youth volunteers to re-establish Fusion+, for ages… Continue Reading

Love Southend commissioned Helen Yousaf artwork in memory of Sir David Amess presented to the City Council.

Love Southend commissioned Helen Yousaf artwork in memory of Sir David Amess presented to the City Council.

Very shortly after the tragic and senseless murder of Sir David Amess in October 2022, Love Southend arranged a time of prayer by Zoom for Sir David’s family, friends, colleagues and the many across the borough as it was then who were shocked by his premature loss. We brought this time of personal and corporate… Continue Reading

Herd in the City | Calling All Artists

Herd in the City | Calling All Artists

Havens Hospices are looking for talented artists to transform their plain elephant sculptures into beautiful masterpieces for their Herd In The City Art Trail. With just under two weeks left to submit a design for Herd In The City, are you up for the ‘tusk’? Each unique, individually designed elephant will be part of their… Continue Reading

Helen Yousaf art work in memory of Sir David given to church that enabled it to happen

Helen Yousaf art work in memory of Sir David given to church that enabled it to happen

Following the murder of Sir David Amess last year Love Southend held a time of prayer on Zoom for his family, friends and the, then, Borough.  Helen Yousaf was commissioned to capture artistically some of the themes emerging from the prayer. Leigh Road Baptist Church made their Living Room community space (on the same road as Sir… Continue Reading