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Maldon and District Community Voluntary Service exists to support thriving and strong communities in the Maldon District. The charity was set up in response to a community need for voluntary sector infrastructure support. Our services are designed to support and develop the local voluntary and community sector to thrive for the benefit of local people and the towns and villages they live in.

We also have a focus on embedding good practice within the local sector and inclusion is at the heart of everything we deliver. Maldon and District CVS want to see a strong and connected community where people are supported by a thriving and professional voluntary sector.

We offer a range of services to the local sector including funding and governance advice and information cascade. We also host the districts Volunteer Centre to support more people to get involved in community action in the district and run a range of projects, services and activities to help people to feel well and connected to their communities.


Maldon & District CVS are a service provider which values diversity and inclusivity towards our service users, partners and members regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, race, disability or creed.


Sarah Troop BEM


Sarah has worked with Maldon and District CVS since 2005 and in that time has provided support to hundreds of community groups including helping to launch the Maldon Shed which paved the way for the successful Essex Shed Network. An experienced bid writer and expert in charity structures and governance her role includes providing support to CVS members and developing new projects and services in partnership with the community.

Sarah is the Co-chair of Essex CVS, with a particular focus on volunteering and the Volunteer Centres, she also chairs the Maldon District Dementia Action Alliance and is vice chair of the One Maldon District Board.

Sarah is the safeguarding lead and child protection officer for Maldon and District CVS

Contact Tel: 01621 732251

Catherine Kennelly

Research and Information Officer

Catherine is responsible for our research and information services including internal and external project research, evaluation and monitoring as well as Maldon District Connects. In addition she is responsible for database administration, our registered DBS Umbrella Body service, and is the named contact for our member groups.

Contact Tel: 01621 732250

Lisa Harvey

Communications Officer

Lisa is responsible for the promotion and marketing of the range of Maldon and District CVS activities and services through social media and media content to raise the profile of the CVS. Lisa also supports the promotion of volunteering and volunteering roles within the Maldon District.

Contact Tel: 01621 732255

Claire Broad

Admin Officer

Claire is the Admin officer at Maldon CVS. Claire’s role involves ensuring the smooth running of the office, answering the phone and supporting members of the team in their respective roles. Claire can be contacted to book onto any of our events and to get help to find the service you’re looking for.

Contact Tel: 01621 738539

Jenny Taylor

Finance Officer

Jenny is the Finance Officer at Maldon CVS.  Jenny’s daily role is to ensure all the supplier invoices are paid in a timely manner and ensure they are allocated to the correct project budgets. Other parts of Jennys role includes ongoing monitoring and reporting of all the numerous project budgets, producing forecast budgets and assisting with the preparation of the year end Financial Accounts.

Contact Tel: 01621 732252

Projects Team

Ryan Pegrum

Community Projects Lead

Ryan manages the projects team within MDCVS as well as leading on various projects including the crisis response and container which provides emergency response to local residents. The weekly lunch club at plantation hall and harbour which both provide safe spaces for the community to come and socialise with each other to support people at risk of social isolation.

Other project areas include –

Micro Volunteering opportunities and support.

Slipper Swap which helps to reduce the risk of falls.

One of Ryan’s key focus areas is working with the MDCVS volunteers, offering them as much support as needed within their roles along with leading on the Maldon Volunteer Centre.

Ryan will spend a lot of his time building relationships with local community partners to help further develop the support we are able to provide within Maldon District.

Contact Tel: 01621 738536 / 07526 403340

Carly Flain

Projects Officer

Carly started with Maldon and District CVS just a few weeks before the first lockdown. During this time whilst working from home, Carly ran many different online weekly zooms to keep people connected. Carly ran online Coffee Mornings for Parents and Children, Bingo, and a General Meet-up to see how people were coping and if there was anything Maldon and District CVS could help them with.

People could see that those who weren’t online at the time missed out on these opportunities and therefore the need for Digital Support in the Community grew!

Carly is happy to say that she is now out in the community where she is happiest. Carly is a complete people person and loves what she does! Carly runs and supports several different groups within the District and helps people with the use of smartphones, tablets, and just generally with anything they need help with online.

Contact Tel: 01621 732256 / 07598 701563

Michelle Gardiner

Projects Officer

Michelle has worked with community groups in the voluntary sector for over 20 years and joined MDCVS in 2023 to work on the Suicide Prevention project.

Michelle’s roles involves building partnerships with other organisations working on suicide prevention, supporting community cohesion for particular groups at risk of suicide and increasing capacity within communities through offering sessions such as suicide resilience training.

Michelle is also a Parish Clerk for a parish in Maldon District and regularly volunteers for many different groups in her local area.

Contact Tel: 01621 732254

Justine Page

Projects Officer

Justine started working with MDCVS in 2023. She is passionate about being outdoors and the impact that nature can have on our wellbeing. Alongside her role at MDCVS she works with children in schools and the community facilitating forest school sessions and environmental education.

She is currently working on our Green Prescribing Project, building a picture of all the free and low cost outdoor activities our district has to offer.

She also works with the gardening volunteers and walking buddies.

Contact Tel: 01621 733340

Dina Harris

Dina started working with MDCVS in 2023. She is passionate about helping others and is a Mental Health First Aider, has Paediatric First Aid training and is also BSL trained. Alongside her role at MDCVS she works for Maldon Citizens Advice as Community Engagement officer.

She is currently working on the hospital discharge and crisis support project. The project aims to provide community-based support and advice to help prevent the need for a person to go back into hospital, whether that be signposting or light social prescribing. It is also about helping people to maintain or improve health and wellbeing.

Rory Smith

Projects Officer

Rory started with the MDCVS team as a Sessional Worker for the CGI project. He has since become a Projects Officer for CGI and worked with the project to modernise and revitalize it, helping to spread its reach to other areas.
Rory also works with the Business Resilience project helping businesses throughout the District provide their staff with the best resources for their health and well-being.

Katy Fosdike

Projects Officer

Katy started working with MDCVS in July 2023 as a sessional worker for the CGI project, assisting in delivering the Burnham and Maldon youth sessions as well as introducing the children / young people to TTRPG games such as Dungeons and Dragons.

Katy has recently began supporting our Community Hub Support project funded by Cadent, she attends local community groups, foodbanks and welcome hub events across the Maldon District to offer residents advice, information and support around essential support. cost of living and staying warm at home.

Sharon Robinson

Sessional Worker – Community Gaming Initiative (CGI)

Sharon began working with MDCVS in December 2022 as a sessional worker for the Community Gaming Initiative (CGI). In a typical session she logs attendance for safeguarding purposes, supports the project lead and works alongside the volunteers in ensuring the young people have a good time and a listening ear if needed. MDCVS have provided First Aid training, and she considers herself fortunate to have attended webinars on subjects as diverse as County Lines, Adolescent Brain Development and Interpersonal Psychology Trauma. Her son is a keen gamer and attends regularly, where playing Smash Bros with his friends is an exciting battle! She enjoys the opportunity to interact with colleagues and young people.