Support for Groups & Individuals

Leading, Developing & Empowering

CVST is an umbrella charity for the local voluntary sector. Our mission is leading and developing voluntary action and empowering local people.

We have 5 core functions which are:

  1. Supporting and Promoting voluntary action
  2. Providing Liaison opportunities for the sector to come together, share information and avoid duplication
  3. Developing new initiatives to meet identified unmet need
  4. Representing the broad issues of the sector to statutory partners
  5. Acting as a Strategic partner

We deliver the core functions by providing the following services:

  • Invitation to attend the Tendring Together partnership meetings and associated neighbourhood groups
  • Opportunities to link up with peer groups and peer support
  • Participation in networking events such as the Town Centre Community Fair, Annual Victorian Christmas Market, Wellbeing Exhibitions, the Community Centre and Village Hall Forum
  • Funding guidance and identifying funding opportunities
  • ‘Meet the Funder’ seminars
  • Small grants
  • Guidance on completing application forms
  • Organisation health check
  • Support with producing a constitution
  • Guidance on charitable status
  • Charity and company registration
  • Model policies and procedures
  • Quality standards
  • Volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Hosting events – all you need to know
  • Action planning
  • Training opportunities
  • Weekly E-bulletin (recommended!)
  • Funding News
  • Community Asset Map – an overview of assets in North East Essex
  • Help with setting up new projects – our latest project is SHELLS which is a partnership with Summit, the mental health charity. SHELLS provides specialist support for homeless people

The above services are just a sample of some of the support services we provide.

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