Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services

Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services

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Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services

Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS)
was formed in 1994 to provide support and guidance to voluntary and community organisations within Castle Point. From the outset we have operated a Volunteer Centre helping to match organisations and potential volunteers.

We have always worked closely with local statutory bodies and the community to identify and develop new services which could be delivered on a not for profit basis. We have worked with existing voluntary sector providers to extend their schemes or, when appropriate, have formed new services as part of CAVS portfolio of projects which bring benefit to the local population. With an increasing amount of public services being outsourced through contracts CAVS have embraced the opportunity to create and deliver services which reflect the needs of our local population.

Founded 1994

  • Mission statement

    Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services recognises that it exists in a diverse society in terms of race, culture, beliefs and operates an equal opportunities policy. It believes that priority should be given to working with people whose full participation in society may be limited by economic, political and social disadvantages. It believes also that no person should suffer oppression, inequality or a lack of opportunity based on race, gender, belief, employment status, unrelated criminal convictions, sexuality, disability, age, class or geographical location.

    CAVS seeks to represent the whole community and has currently over 95 member organisations that provide a variety of services that CAVS co-ordinate to the benefit of the local community

    CAVS is a CVS (Council for Voluntary Services). CVS operate throughout the UK and although varied in the work they do there are five core functiona as set out by the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action. These are: Service and Support for local Voluntary Groups, Liaison, Representation, Development Work and Strategic Partnerships.

    CAVS are not only able to help organisations we can help members of the public too. We have a datebase whcih includes details of local groups and clubs covering a wide range of activities and services that can benefit members of the community of all ages..

  • Aims

    Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services aims to:

    • Linking Lives - Supporting lonely and isolated individuals within our community by providing companionship and sustaining the core services we provide to support local community projects.
    • Befriending - Providing companionship to individuals to help tackle loneliness and vulnerability within the Castle Point and Rayleigh / Rochford District. A visit from one of our Befrienders may help reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation, increase your confidence and help you feel part of the community. A volunteer will be paired with you taking into account your location, interests and needs.
    • Family Peer Mentoring to support families facing a variety of difficulties on a daily basis. The volunteers will be carefully matched with a family to get their lives back on track and be better placed to deal with future challenges by themselves or with minimal outside assistance.
    • Children’s Centres are service hubs where children under five years old and their families can receive services and information to ensure that every child gets the best start in life. Your children can learn as they play and make new friends, whilst you can get professional advice on health, education, family matters and learn about training and job opportunities. You can also meet other parents, carers, grandparents and childminders in a safe and relaxed environment.
    • The Be Safer Project has now been running since April 2010. The project itself is a community strand of a wider project run by Essex County Council called Achieving Choice and Control. Working closely with Essex County Council, Adult Health and Social Care, the Be Safer Project works across Essex, with a focused remit of building community resource opportunities for adults with a learning disability to feel and keep safer in the community and at home.
  • Overview

    Established: April 1994

    Registered Charity Number: 1103968

    Board members: 7

    Full time staff: 23

    Volunteers: 200

    Phone number: 01268 638416

    Address: The Tyrells Centre 39 Seamore Avenue, Thundersley Essex SS7 4EX

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  • Castle Point Volunteer Centre

    To promote volunteering in Castle Point and follow the six core functions as defined by Vo... More
  • CAVS - Core Services

    We provide the 5 core functions of a CVS as defined by National Association of Voluntary a... More