CAVS Forthcoming Events & Training

Make Every Contact Count (MECC) Training

CAVS Quiz Night

J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative - free training

Advanced Domestic Violence Awareness Training

Advanced Mental Health First Aid Training

Castle Point Partnership IT Programme

Castle Point Voluntary And Community Sector (VCS) Forum

CAVS Annual General Meeting and Community Breakfast

Voluntary Sector Training

Make Every Contact Count (MECC) Training

CAVS in Partnership with Provide

CAVS have partnered with Provide to offer free ‘Make Every Contact Count’ training to all CAVS members. There are three dates to choose from in September, October and November and each session will be held in Room 1 here at the Tyrells Centre.

Course details are below. To book your place or for further details, please email Helen or use our online booking form.  Reservation is on a first come first served basis. If the sessions are full, we will be happy to put you on the waiting list. All places will be confirmed by emails.

Training Theme:

“Make every contact count` (MECC)” is an approach to behaviour change that utilises the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with their people to support them making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. MECC enables the opportunistic delivery of consistent and concise healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversation about their health and scale across organisations and populations.

MECC focusses on:

  • Stop Smoking
  • Drinking Alcohol only within recommended limits.
  • Health Eating.
  • Being Physically Active.
  • Keeping a healthy weight.
  • Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing.


Monday 9th October 10am – 12.30pm
Friday 10th November 10am – 12.30pm


Room 1, The Tyrells Centre, 39 Seamore Avenue, Thundersley, Essex, SS7 4EX

CAVS Quiz Night

Thursday 19th October 2017
Smallgains Hall, Canvey Island
7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Get your thinking caps on and help raise funds to support CAVS. £5 per head, maximum of 8 per team.
Licensed bar, bring your own nibbles.

Click here to book or call Sandra on 01268 638416.

J9 Domestic Abuse Initiative - Free training

Castle Point & Rochford Community Safety Partnership in partnership with CAVS
Monday 9th October, 9.30am - 12.30pm - Castle Point Council Offices, Thundersley
Friday 13th October, 9.30am – 12.30pm - FULLY BOOKED

J9 is an initiative to raise awareness and to help victims of domestic abuse. It is named in memory of Janine Mundy who was killed by her estranged husband in June 2003 while he was on police bail. Janine always signed her text messages ‘J9’.

Where the J9 logo is displayed, victims are able to obtain information about domestic abuse and have the use of a telephone. There are J9 premises in almost all areas across Essex.

Castle Point and Rochford Community Safety Partnership is providing FREE 3 hour training sessions to raise awareness and increase knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse for staff in public buildings, the voluntary sector, businesses and other organisations. An information pack issued at the training sessions is intended to be used to ‘signpost’ victims of domestic abuse. The training is delivered by Safer Places

The training and information leaflets are available free of charge. Places are limited . Please email to secure your place and sign up your venue to J9.

Advanced Domestic Violence Awareness Training 

 The Change Project (formerly Relate) in partnership with CAVS
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 9.30am - 4.30pm

  • Identifying domestic abuse and understanding the legislation
  • Awareness of assessment, risk and safety planning
  • Understanding the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Team and Conferences
    (MARAT and MARAC) process
  • Identifying perpetrators and the services available. Responding to make victims
  • Understanding the links between domestic violence, child abuse and abuse against adults with care and support needs.

Charge applicable. To book click here.

Advanced Mental Health First Aid Training

InterAct in partnership with CAVS
Tuesday 13th February 2018, 9.45am - 4.45pm

What you say, how you say it, and how well you listen can have a profound impact on someone who is emotionally distressed or having a difficult time. Everyone can learn and benefit from MHFA skills.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is an interactive and practical training course to help you spot the early signs of a mental health problem. It will equip you with tools and techniques to help you, your friends, family and colleagues.

Charge applicable. To book click here.

Castle Point Partnership IT Programme

Job searches, IT skills and more, available for free in a variety of locations across Castle Point. Click here to see what support services are on offer near you

Castle Point Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Forums

After asking members and listening to their suggestions CAVS have rebranded their Future Needs Forums as the Castle Point Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Forum.  Representatives from local groups and charities are welcome to come along to hear from the guest speakers, network with other attendees and share ideas for potential partnership working in an informal environment. We'll have tea, coffee and cakes too so do come and join us!

Read the notes from the meeting on 21st February 2017.

Past meeting notes:

22nd November 2016

20th September 2016

17th May 2016

If you would like to know more please contact Janis Gibson at CAVS.  

2017 dates for VCS Forums are as follows:

  • Tuesday 21st November 2017, 10am

All meetings take place at The Tyrells Centre.

CAVS Annual General Meeting and Community Breakfast

Wednesday 29th November 2017
Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, Benfleet
9.15am - 11.30am

Join us for our Annual General Meeting followed by the CAVS Community Breakfast. Please note that there will not be an Information Marketplace at the event.

Guest Speakers:

Kevin McKenny - Castle Point & Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group

For more information please contact events or to book online click here. Please note that there will not be a Marketplace at this venue.

Voluntary Sector Training 

CAVS is working in partnership with Voluntary Sector Training (VST), an independent charity, to provide high quality, affordable and local training to the voluntary and community sector across Essex. VST runs an open programme of training covering key topics relevent to the sector and tailored training specifically arranged to meet particular needs of organisations. For a current training programme or more information, call 01371 876747 or visit