Community and Voluntary Sector Support

We offer a wide range of services for local organisations of all shapes and sizes at all stages of their development.

These services range from one-to-one support, through to training and networking opportunities.

The support we offer aims to encourage a strong, empowered and effective voluntary, community,

faith and social enterprise sector that work to improve the lives for the citizens of Thurrock.

Support available includes:

Setting up a charity or new group

We can help if you are about to start a new community organisation, trying to develop your trustees (or management committee), seeking funding for a specific service, or need help with managing people or premises.

Organisational development support

We provide our development support in one to one sessions. We can also deliver help through training sessions, workshops and surgeries.

We offer annual Organisation health checks; these can be used by organisations and groups that are setting up and those that are established.  If you are setting up a new group, club or voluntary organisation you can use the health checklist to concentrate your planning on areas you should address from the start to ensure the success of your organisation.  If your group is already set up, you can use the health check to take stock and review your activities.  Either way the check can help you plan how you will manage any changes needed to become, or continue as, a successful and well-run organisation.  It will also help identify areas where you may need support.


We know how important funding is and we provide a number of ways to help increase the funding potential of your organisation.

This support includes:

•  Search for suitable funding

•  Review your funding applications

•  Explore new fundraising options for your organisation

To check out our funding database which is full of the latest funding opportunities and keep track of upcoming deadlines

If you would like our help, advice and support in relation to funding for your voluntary or community group or social enterprise, please contact us by emailing

Finding and recruiting Volunteers

Volunteers can bring huge benefits to organisations and make a difference. We can help you to develop and promote your volunteering opportunities, and provide additional information on volunteer management and policies and procedures when needed.


We provide a range of networking opportunities including our Annual Conference and Community Voluntary Sector forums.


We provide a range of training relevant for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector and can also signpost you to other providers.

To view current training opportunities or if your organisation offers training opportunities that you would like to share

If you have identified training needs please do let us know and we will do what we can to arrange this on your behalf.

If you would like advice and support in regards to any aspect training please get in touch by emailing

Documents and Policies

We have a bank of model documents and policies that we can provide.

Being a Voice for your organisation/ group

We represent the local sector on strategic partnerships at local, regional and national levels, gathering the views of the local third sector and their service users around specific issues.

Backroom Services

DBS (was CRB) checks*


Minute taking*

Event management*

Training, Conference & Meeting Space

Access to meeting and training rooms plus community hall and kitchen at a reasonable cost *


Thurrock CVS is a membership organisation that endeavours to speak up for and act in the interests of its members in all of its work – promoting the interests of local community groups, voluntary organisations and social enterprises in Thurrock. As a member of Thurrock CVS your group can benefit from all of the above and more.

If you would like any advice or support for your organisations development please get in touch by emailing