Autumn Community Breakfast

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

Castle Point Volunteer Awards - Winners Announced

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 Staff and Visitors in the ECL Garden CafeCAVS 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 

September Community Breakfast attendeesCAVS (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. 

Appleton School Young Enterprise studentsStudents 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’.

CAVS volunteer Jan Eagle and projects staff Anna Wilson and Sam ManningMichaela 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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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….