A Better Start Southend
Are you an ABSS family?

Southend Storysacks provide free storytelling and activity packs for families living within ABSS wards. The Storysacks can be borrowed for 2-3 weeks at a time and are suitable for babies and children from 6 months to 4 years of age.

Each Storysack is themed and includes:

  • Fictional book
  • Non-fictional book
  • Interactive activities to enjoy with your child
  • Ideas for other activities to enjoy with your family
  • A map of beaches and green spaces to explore in Southend

Check out the Southend Storysacks YouTube channel for a full list of sacks available, their contents and age suitability.

Dual Language sacks are now available in ten different languages – Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, French, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Urdu, Spanish, Tamil and Ukrainian! These are suitable for families who have children around three years old.

For more information or to request a Storysack, phone /text / whatsapp 07546591279 or email Jo at:

Storysacks is a project with SAVS and funded by A Better Start Southend.