Age Concern Southend-on-Sea (“ACSOS”) is a small, local independent charity who work to make Southend a better place to age. Key responsibilities will include providing leadership to the charity and being responsible for the management and administration of the charity within the strategic, policy and accountability frameworks laid down by the board of trustee and well as enabling the board of trustees to fulfil its duties and responsibilities for the proper governance of the charity and to ensure that the board receives timely advice and appropriate information on all relevant matters
The charity is not connected with any other organisation such as Age UK or any other national charity. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, we provided face-to-face befriending to 135 older people in their own homes and visited 8 local care homes and provided telephone befriending to a further 150 older people. We provide a twice-yearly services directory and newsletter, bespoke information and signposting for individuals, a handyman service, wheelchair hire and hearing aid battery exchange. We also encourage healthy activity through Club 50+. This offers tutor-led keep fit, yoga, tai chi, pilates, line dancing and other active classes, as well as art and computer classes, snooker, short mat bowls, bridge, whist and table tennis. In July 2018 we took on a 20 year lease of an ex-department store in Westcliff and, to date, have spent over £300,000 converting it into a "one-stop" community hub ("The Haven") which, in addition to housing Club 50+, houses offices for other charities that support older people, NHS and social services drop-in centres, a meeting room, a day care centre, cafe, hairdresser and foot care clinic. Unfortunately, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic The Haven is currently closed.