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Chairman's Charity

Each year the Council's Chairman will select a charity that they would like to support throughout their term as head of the Council. Events and initiatives are then run throughout the year to support the charity, most notably at Carols on Strand Wharf, where all proceeds and donations are given to the Chairman's elected charity.


Cllr Jill Healey was elected as Town Council Chairman on 14th May 2019. Her chosen charity for the year is Age Concern Southend, which she will be supporting through a variety of councillor led events and initiatives over the year. 

Age Concern Southend has been helping older people in the Southend area since 1974, that's over 40 years of expertise in providing support, advice and services to our community. Age Concern Southend provide advice, support, befriending, transport, wheelchair hire, community clubs and leisure/social activities. 

Registered charity number 1160916

Find our more by visiting or calling 01702 345373. 


Council Chairman Valerie Morgan says, "When I was elected Chairman I realised I needed a charity to support for my year in office. I decided I wanted it to be local and to benefit young people with problems and on looking around, Southend YMCA ticked both those boxes. I hope over the year to raise some money for them and to raise their profile in the Town."

Southend YMCA work with children, young people and families providing education, accommodation, positive activities which further personal, social, cultural and moral development and health & well-being services. 

Over the year funds of £1060.95 were raised through a series of community events including Carols on Strand Wharf, a quiz night, Jazz Café event and an Easter Bunny Hunt. Valerie would like to thank all local residents who helped to raise funds for her chosen charity. Valerie was thrilled to raise such a large amount over her year as Chairman, for a charity that was close to her heart.

Southend YMCA Mission Statement:

Our organisation aims to "stand in the gap" through delivering safe and effective services which address the needs and aspirations of children and young people and helps to transform their lives.

This means that as adults they are in employment, have a decent home, a living wage, good health, emotional well-being and can sustain family and community life.

Southend YMCA Overarching Aim:

To be an innovative, resilient and sustainable young people’s charity delivering social value’

Previous Chairman's Charity's

 Year  Chairman Chosen Charity   Amount Raised
 19/20  Jill Healey  Age Concern Southend  £948.58
 18/19   Valerie Morgan  Southend YMCA  £1060.95
 17/18  Jane Ward  Alzheimer's Research UK  £268.70
 16/17   Carole Mulroney  Fisherman's Society   £473.67
 15/16   Richard Herbert  Southend Junior Phab & Thursday Club  £543.72
 14/15  Richard Herbert  Sycamore Fund & Thursday Club  £683.12
 13/14  Caroline Parker  Sycamore Fund  £657.73