CAVS Forthcoming Events & Training

CAVS Community Breakfast and Information Marketplace

Make Every Contact Count (MECC) Training

Castle Point Partnership IT Programme

Castle Point Voluntary And Community Sector (VCS) Forum

CAVS Annual General Meeting and Community Breakfast

Voluntary Sector Training

CAVS Community Breakfast & Information Marketplace

Thursday 21st September 2017
Runnymede Hall, Kiln Road, Thundersley, SS7 1TF
9.30am - 11.30am

Join us for this networking event to meet representatives from voluntary and statutory organisations operating in and around Castle Point and Rochford. 

Guest speakers:

Neil Fenwick - Essex Fire & Rescue
Making Communities Safer and Safety in the home

Don Sandgrove & Graham Freimuller - First Responders
The role and work of an East of England Ambulance Service Trust 

At this venue there is also the opportunity to reserve display space in the popular 'Information Marketplace'. Please note that space is limited and will be booked on a first come, first served basis.

To find out more or book a display space in the Marketplace, email events or click here to book online. All bookings will be confirmed by email by Friday 15th September. If you have not received confirmation by then please contact us.

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 11th September 10am -12.30pm

Monday 9th October 10am – 12.30pm

Friday 10th November 10am – 12.30pm


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

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 12th September 2017, 1pm
  • 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.

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