Date: 9th March 2017
We want to hear about the stars of Castle Point. Tell us about a volunteer that has made an impact on your community and improved the lives of others. This is your opportunity to show just how much you appreciate them. A time to say thank you.
The Castle Point Volunteer Awards are hosted annually by Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) and this year the event, which will be held on Saturday 3rd June 2017 at Runnymede Hall, Thundersley, is kindly supported by the Mayor of Castle Point, Affinity 1777 Restaurant, Sceptre Football League, Design4 Print and Ellie Mae Florists.
People across Castle Point are being asked to nominate those special individuals that they feel deserve recognition for their volunteering efforts and commitment, for going that extra mile and making a difference. Every nominee will receive an invitation to the ceremony.
There are two categories to choose from:
- The Mayor’s Award (adults over 21 years)
- Young Volunteer Award (young people under 21 years)
To make a nomination download a form below. Alternatively you can request a nomination form by emailing events or calling 01268 638416.
Nomination Form (Word)
Nomination Form (PDF)
Deadline for entries is 5pm, Wednesday 3rd May 2017.
23rd February 2017
CAVS were delighted to welcome Year 9 Sweyne Park School pupils, Connie and Amber, to our offices at the Tyrells Centre on 17th February, to meet with a few of our volunteer Befrienders and learn about the work we’re doing in the community to reduce isolation and loneliness.
The girls are participating in the First Give Programme which encourages teams of students to identify social issues in their area and engage with local charities that address them. The teams then have the opportunity to compete for £1,500 of grant money by making a video and presenting information about their chosen charity in a school competition.
The Befrienders all have their own personal reasons for volunteering but each said how much they thoroughly enjoy their role and felt that they got as much, if not more, out of it than the person they befriend.
Connie and Amber learnt that it’s not just older people that are isolated. One volunteer explained how she supported a young mum with post-natal depression who didn’t like to venture out, whilst another said “even when I am not with my befriendee she knows I am invisibly holding her hand”.
The students have taken what they learnt about CAVS and will share this with others from their school alongside presentations from competing teams in their year group. The winning charity will receive £1,000 with a further two runners up receiving £250.
9th November 2016
In partnership with Anglian Water, CAVS is hosting a very special Mad Science, Keep-it-Clear Christmas Pantomime to take place at The Paddocks, Canvey Island on Wednesday 30th November.
Working with the Canvey Schools Partnership, the William Read, St. Joseph’s and Northwick Park schools have accepted the invitation to watch performances taking place, morning and afternoon.
The Pantomime is not open to the general public.
CAVS has been actively involved over many months in raising awareness within the community by engaging local groups to help spread the word. Our specific involvement with the Canvey Schools is a great way to educate children on the importance of correct waste disposal.
Wet wipes – even those that are labelled as ‘flushable’ – create a big problem for Anglian Water. Along with fats and greases poured down kitchen sinks they can stick to the inside of pipes causing leaks which are unpleasant for nearby residents and bad news for the environment. Anglian Water’s teams fix more than 30,000 blockages a year 80% of which are caused by wipes and fats – which costs all customers a whopping £15million a year on their bills.
Date: 4th October 2016
CAVS Welcomes Visitors to the Tyrells Centre
CAVS invited local residents to join them for a cup of tea in the ECL Café at The Tyrells Centre in Thundersley on Monday 3rd October.
Staff members from CAVS projects were on hand to welcome visitors and provide information on the many services they deliver within Castle Point and Rochford including The Befriending Scheme, Ways to Wellness, Children’s Centres and the Keep Safe Scheme
CAVS Befriending and Ways to Wellness Co-ordinator, Beverly Parrish said, “It was a fantastic afternoon and a pleasure to be able to engage directly with so many local people”.
This may have been a one off event but CAVS staff are at the Tyrells Centre, 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Date: 22nd September 2016
Autumn 2016 Community Breakfast
CAVS (Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services) held its autumn 2016 Community Breakfast at Runnymede Hall on Thursday 22nd September. Around 90 people attended the event which provided the opportunity to browse among the various charity stands before listening to two very different but interesting presentations.
Students from Appleton School spoke about how the Young Enterprise scheme teaches them about business skills and gives them a real taste of what it is like to be an entrepreneur. This was followed by the Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group who spoke about how health services are undergoing a transformation and through actors demonstrated ‘patients of the future’.
Michaela White from CAVS “Today’s event has received exceptional feedback with the majority of attendees describing it as excellent. It’s always good to see the networking that takes place at our Community Breakfasts with lots of people exchanging information and learning more about local services.”
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‘Keep-It-Clear’ – Anglian Water’s Mad Science
A Great Success at the Castle Point Show
Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) in partnership with Anglian Water staged highly successful and action-packed Keep-it-Clear MAD SCIENCE performances at the Castle Point Show, Waterside Farm, Canvey, on Sunday 24th July!
Three fun shows entertained adults and children that were designed to promote the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of waste disposal and what should not go down the sinks and loos. Wipes in particular are a real problem as they do not disintegrate like toilet paper and cause severe blockages. Fat, oil and grease (fog) is also a major issue in our sewer system. Everyone who took part received Anglian Water’s free give-aways, including Gunk Pots to help Keep-it-Clear.
Whacky mad professors performed hands on experiments that created a real spectacle and buzz amongst the audience who learned about Keep-it-Clear and had fun interacting.
The Mayor of Castle Point, Steven Cole demonstrated how strong the wicked wipes really are when pulled together! Chief Executive Officer Janis Gibson was delighted with the interest shown on the day to this important environmental campaign.
For more information on how you can help ‘Keep-it-Clear’ visit: www.keep-it-clear
CAVS is a local voluntary organisation which relies on the goodwill of local people to help others in the community. If you are interested in volunteering, making new friends and using your talents, there are plenty of opportunities to be had, including becoming involved on the Keep-it-Clear campaign.
To register your interest and learn how you can use your time to help others, please contact:Tel: 01268 638416 Email: Volunteering@castlepointavs.org.ukWeb: www.castlepointavs.org.uk
Volunteers Win Recognition Accolades at Castle Point Volunteer Awards 2016
Over 100 people gathered at Runnymede Hall in Thundersley on Saturday afternoon for the annual Castle Point Volunteer Awards.
The event, hosted by the Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services, was a community affair generously supported once again by local businesses. Mr Browns’ Sweet Shop, Affinity Restaurant, Ellie Mae Florists and Design4Print all stepped up to ensure that the event was a huge success.
Local community groups and members of the public nominated volunteers for two separate categories, all of whom were presented with gifts and a certificate by category sponsors, Neil Bates of The Sylvia Bates Memorial Trust Fund and the new Mayor of Castle Point, Cllr Steven Cole. Cllr Andrew Sheldon compered the event.
The deserving winners, chosen by a panel were:
The Mayors Award – Sponsored by The Mayor’s Office
For voluntary service with Involved.
The Young Volunteer Award (under 21)
Sponsored by The Sylvia Bates Memorial Trust Fund
For voluntary service with Canvey Island Rotary Club
The Mayor, Cllr Steven Cole said, “It was a pleasure to be part of the Volunteer Awards and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to thank such a wonderful group of people for their hard work and dedication to the community. They truly are our Castle Point heroes.”
The event also saw the release of the new ‘Volunteering and Me’ video, produced by CAVS to demonstrate the power and rewards of volunteering. The video can be viewed on YouTube.
Visit the CAVS Facebook page to see photographs from the event.