‘Keep-It-Clear’ – Anglian Water’s Mad Science

Castle Point Volunteer Awards - Winners Announced


Date: 24th July 2016

‘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


Date: 13th June 2016

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
Hayley Meagher
For voluntary service with Involved.

The Young Volunteer Award (under 21)
Sponsored by The Sylvia Bates Memorial Trust Fund
Luke Halsey 
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.


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….