For Our Families

Expecting a child, or care for a child under 4 years-old? Find out what A Better Start Southend means for you, and how you can get involved.

Local families are the heart of A Better Start, with a big role to play in deciding how the programme will work to support Southend’s children.

We want parents involved every step of the way: raising the problems that need solving, coming up with some answers, and working alongside professional staff and volunteers to help us test good ideas.  And to make sure everyone gets a say, we’re offering training to help people develop the skills or confidence they need to get involved.

A Better Start Southend has joined forces with the Southend Association of Voluntary Services to involve the local community from the Better Start wards (Westborough, Victoria, Milton, Kursaal, West Shoebury and Shoeburyness).  Our plans include:

  • Parent-led meetings (starting in Kursaal and Victoria wards) so that parents can work together to identify their issues and priorities.
  • Recruiting and training parent champions who can support other parents to take part in the programme.
  • Developing a volunteer training programme aimed at building parents’ confidence.

If you’re interested in finding out more about what SAVS is planning, if you’ve got ideas you’d like to suggest, or you like the idea of becoming a parent champion, please contact the team by emailing  Or sign up to get regular updates on our monthly newsletter below.