Keep it Clear for Christmas Fun Day and Mad Science Pantomime

Go Red - A Great Big Thank You

Castle Point Volunteer Awards - Winners Announced

Who Will Care Awards - Winners Announced


11th January 2016
Official Launch of New Volunteer Essex Website at Canvey Island Library

Castle Point Volunteer Centre were proud to launch the new Volunteer Essex Website on 14th January with help from Cllr Andrew Sheldon, Mayor of Castle Point. 

Local residents were invited to come along for refreshments and meet the volunteer centre staff who were on hand to guide them through the many local volunteering opportunities. is a one stop shop for anyone with an interest in volunteering. It is a comprehensive directory of volunteering roles that are maintained, managed and quality checked by the local Volunteer Centre. The site has been live for just a few months but already holds details of over 100 active volunteering opportunities for 41 local community groups and charities and has in excess of 1500 registered volunteers! also promotes the work of over 1,000 community groups and charities across Essex and offers a range of features and information to help people get involved.

To find out what opportunities are available in your areas visit, call Castle Point Volunteer Centre on 01268 638416 or email

CAVS Children's Centres and Anglian Water proudly present

The Keep it Clear for Christmas Fun Day and Mad Science Pantomime!

Saturday 12th December 2015
Runnymede Hall, Kiln Road, Benfleet, SS7 1TF
10.00am - 3.00pm 

CAVS Children's Centres will be hosting a Keep it Clear for Christmas Fun Day in partnership with Anglian Water in Benfleet this weekend.
The highlight of the fun day will be the Keep it Clear Mad Science Pantomimes, performed at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Come along and see Dame Flush, her son Justin and Sinkerella, try to save the Water Works being shut down by Wicked Wipe! Bubbling potions and fascinating experiments abound, showing scientifically how you can help Keep it Clear for Christmas.

The Fun Day will also include Santa's Grotto, arts and crafts sessions, Christmas market stalls, a raffle, festive face painting, fun activities and great giveaways. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

For more information on the Keep it Clear Fun Days, contact CAVS on 01268 638412 or email

Mad Science Panto

Go Red - A Great Big Thank You

We've only just caught our breath after a successful Go Red campaign.

We were calling upon the local community to get involved in all things red between 28th September and 2nd October, to tie in with International Older Persons Day on 1st October.

The Befriending Scheme is, for many, a vital link to the community and provides support to combat those feelings of social isolation and loneliness. Our mission with the Go Red campaign was to encourage local people to have fun and raise funds for this essential service.

It was a whirlwind week of afternoon tea's, cake sales and red themed events. The pictures below give an overview of the week's celebrations.

Go Red Tea Party at Castle Point Council OfficesCAVS Staff Go Red

Special thanks are given to the many local businesses, community groups and individuals that supported the campaign in a variety of different ways.

Go Red may have come to an end for 2015 but the fundraising continues, with a special focus on the Befriending Scheme which will support those that may be alone this Christmas.

If you would like to make a £5 donation, simply text CAVS00 £5 to 70070. All funds received will go directly to those in need.

Thank you for your support.

Date: 15th June 2015

Volunteers Win At Castle Point Volunteer Awards 2015

Volunteers Win Recognition Accolades at Castle Point Volunteer Awards 2015

Over 90 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’ Traditional Sweet Shoppe, 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 the new Mayor of Castle Point, Cllr Andrew Sheldon. 

The deserving winners, chosen by a panel were:

The Mayors Award

Linda Brooks - for voluntary service with the Canvey Island Youth Project

The Ann Joad Award (under 25’s)

Jennifer Horton for voluntary service with the Royal Voluntary Service

2015 Volunteer Award Winners

The Mayor, Cllr Andrew Sheldon 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.”

Visit the CAVS Facebook page to see photographs from the event.

Date: 14th May 2015

Who Will Care Awards - Winners Announced

The first ‘Who Will Care Awards’ took place last night at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester to celebrate the mobilisation of vibrant communities and individuals that are supporting each other and to recognise and stimulate volunteering in Essex.   The awards were organised by CAVS on behalf of Essex County Council and were made possible due to the kind support of sponsors.

The Who Will Care? Awards recognised the unsung heroes in Essex, from young to old, and the evening was an opportunity to hear just some of the stories of volunteering across the county. The evening was compèred by Dave Monk from BBC Essex and also saw a performance by the Hands4Voices choir, a signing choir based in Essex.

The six winners ranged from those volunteering to raise awareness around issues including healthy eating in young children and the risks surrounding knife crime, to individual support for a wide variety of groups, caring for relatives with cancer, families needing parenting advice, and mentoring young people at risk of unemployment.

Leader of Essex County Council, Councillor David Finch said: “I was delighted to attend the first Who Will Care? Awards and meet the winning volunteers. I have been inspired by the many incredible nominations we received. This is a tribute to the range and depth of volunteering in our communities across Essex.”

Essex County Council Chairman, Councillor Norman Hume said: “It was wonderful to see volunteers of all ages being recognised by the people they inspired, who were there to cheer them on in force.”

Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy, Cllr Anne Brown, added: “The direct impact these winners have on the lives of those they help, especially those in challenging circumstances is clear and in many cases life changing.”

The winners are listed below:

  • The Business Award – celebrating excellence in corporate social responsibility: Come Dine With You (Brentwood)
  • The Voluntary Community Service Award – reflecting innovation or outstanding service delivery by a third sector organisation: Only Cowards Carry Weapons (Clacton)
  • Individual Volunteer – Young Person (under 18) Award: Harry Suttling (Clacton)
  • Individual Volunteer – Young Adult (18-24) Award: Paul Banham (Clacton)
  • Individual Volunteer – Adult (25 and over) Award: Pat Newton (Colchester)
  • Individual Volunteer Award – overcoming adversity: Eddie Baker (Maldon)

The Who Will Care? Awards were open for nominations between February and April 2015, with nominations received from across Essex. 

For more information about volunteering in your local community telephone CAVS Volunteer Centre on 01268 638416 or email 


Note to Editors:

Event Sponsors
Essex Chambers of Commerce
Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group
Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group
West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group
Category Sponsors
Edward Carter Solutions - Business Award
Seetec - Individual Young Adult Volunteer (18-24 years) Award
Essex County Council - Individual Young Volunteer (under 18) Award
Runwood Homes - Overcoming Adversity Award
 ‘Who Will Care’ began in 2013 when five independent Commissioners were tasked with tackling the single largest challenge since the 1960’s – how will we care for ourselves and our communities right now and in the future? Faced with an aging population, larger in number, with increasingly complex needs and limited funds, who will care for us? Following a period of extensive research, a report was published and identified five high-impact solutions to address this very difficult question.  



Thank you for your support…

Phew…we’ve only just caught our breath here in the CAVS office after a successful Go Red Campaign!

As you are probably aware we were calling upon the wider community to engage in all things Red for one week beginning 28th September to 2nd October to tie in with International Older Persons Day on 1st October. 

For our clients who use the Befriending Service it is a vital link to the wider community and provides support to combat those feelings of social isolation and loneliness.  The purpose of Go Red was to embrace this fantastic community service to get everyone involved in fundraising for this essential cause.

It was a successful week of Afternoon Tea’s, cake sales and Red themed events.  The pictures below give an overview of the week’s celebrations….