CAVS Forthcoming Events & Training

Castle Point Partnership IT Programme

Castle Point Voluntary And Community Sector (VCS) Forum

Voluntary Sector Training

CAVS - FREEComputer Training Course - Every Friday 
10am-12pm at CAVS, The Tyrells Centre, Thundersley

Places for the FREE computer training must be booked in adavance. Personal laptops or tablets can be brought and used. Or use of office computer is available for the session.

This is an online course in partnership with 'Learn My Way', covering subjects such as the internet, using online banking, accessing online healthcare and public services, understanding and using social media, job searching and applying for jobs online.

To book a place on the course: Please call 01268 638416 or

Training Opporutunity for CAVS (Members Only) 

16th October - 10.00am - 12.30pm

'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 concise and consistent healthy lifestyle information and enables individuals to engage in conversation about their health and scale across organisations and populations.

MECC focussed on:

  • Stop smoking
  • Drinking alchol only within specified limits
  • Healthy Eating
  • Being physically active
  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing

CAVS Community Breakfast

Thursday 5th July, Runnymede Hall, Kiln Road, Thundersley, SS7 1TF 09.30am - 11.30am - FREE to attend 

Guest Speakers at this event:
Essex Police and Department for Work & Pensions, Canvey

CAVS - At The Castle Point Show 

Sunday 22nd July, Waterside Farm Showground, Canvey Island. SS8 9RA. 11am - 4pm.

CAVS - Mental Health First Aid - Two Day Training (Members Only)
23rd & 24th July - 9.30am - 4.30pm                           £25 each Interact

What you say, how you say it and how well you can 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.

To book your place, please email:

CAVS Community Breakfast & AGM

Wednesday 14 November, Richmond Avenue, Benfleet. SS7 5HA.  
09.30am -11.30am - FREE to attend. 

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!

You can read the past meeting notes:

22nd November 2018

21st November 2017

12th September 2017

16th May 2017

21st February 2017 ( to be added)

22nd November 2016

20th September 2016

17th May 2016

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

All meetings take place at The Tyrells Centre.

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