CAVS Forthcoming Events & Training

Essex Social Investment Readiness Programme

Hate Crime Ambassador Training - 26th July

Castle Point Partnership IT Programme

Castle Point Voluntary And Community Sector (VCS) Forum

Community Breakfast and Information Marketplace

CAVS Annual General Meeting and Community Breakfast

Voluntary Sector Training


Essex Social Investment Readiness Programme  

On 19th May 2017 at the Bridge to Social Investment event SEEE launched the Essex Social Investment Readiness Programme. This programme seeks to raise awareness of social investment opportunities in Essex and increase readiness of organisations to access these opportunities. This programme is supported by Essex Partnership and will start in September 2017.

To join this programme read on


This programme is open to 20 organisations that fulfil the following application criteria:

  • Is a social enterprise, charity, or a public service with plans to spin out
  • Operates mainly in Essex (including Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock)
  • Is at least two years old with accounts for this period
  • Has an annual turnover of at least ’100,000
  • Generates at least 25% of income from trading
  • Seeks to capture impact, is planning to grow, and is collaborative in its approach
  • Can secure approval from its governing body (board) to explore ’social investment as an option


The programme aims for participants to:

  • Increase their knowledge of and access to investment providers
  • Improve their capacity to take up opportunities
  • Develop skills and confidence
  • Develop services which meet local needs and generate income

About the programme

The programme will run from September 2017 to March 2018. It will be led by a core tutor with support from various external speakers to deliver a range of monthly workshops at Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus and a virtual learning platform will be used to support learning.

Whilst there will be an element of co-design to ensure that the programme best meets the needs of participants, it is expected that workshops will explore the following themes around social investment:

  • Introduction to Social Investment
  • Products, examples of investments, eligibility, diagnostics
  • Business planning, impact measurement, market intelligence
  • Costing and pricing, financial modelling
  • Risk, Governance, Culture/Skills
  • Proposals, action plans and applications

The application form available to download here and the deadline for applications is Friday 14th July 2017 

Applications will be considered from w/c 17th July 2017, with successful applicants notified by 28th July 2017. 

Any questions on the submission process or the content of the programme should be emailed to Elaine McCorriston at



Hate Crime Ambassador Training

Wednesday 26th July 2017
10.30 am - 13.30 pm
Rayleigh Police Station

There is so much in the media right now regarding a world that seems full of hate, Transpire aims to be part of the change that sees that love and pro-activity can conquer such hate. Are YOU interested in being involved in tackling hate incidents?

There is a new date for training to become a Hate Crime Ambassador. The training sessions are provided by Essex Police and once trained you will be accredited and equipped to identify what amounts to a hate incident, how to signpost people to the different ways of reporting, or to take them through the whole hate incident reporting process.

It is recognised that hate incidents are under reported for many reasons. Barriers include lack of understanding, lack of confidence or a belief that the report will not be taken seriously. Hate Crime Ambassadors are the means by which we can overcome such barriers.

Training is open to all people of all ages. For those who work in public service or community engagement panels, CCGs, or schools, it would really be an asset. The more people we can facilitate getting trained the better our chances of tackling hate in South Essex.

If you are interested contact one of Transpires two hate crime ambassador coordinators-
Lindsey 07548 106271
Jack 07548 106529

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 Community Breakfast & Information Marketplace

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

Guest speakers:
Benfleet First Responders
2nd Speaker tbc

Join us for this networking event to meet representatives from voluntary and statutory organisations operating in and around Castle Point and Rochford. A continental breakfast will be served before we welcome two guest speakers at 10.25am.

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 to book your place email events or call 01268 638416. All bookings will be confirmed by email by Friday 15th September. If you have not received confirmation please contact us.

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.

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