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Christmas Carol Concert
Led by members of the Crawley Forward Thinking Group

Thursday December 20th at 3.30pm
St. Margaret’s Church
Ifield, Crawley RH11 0NN
followed by ‘Christmas De Café’ at 4.30pm

Please see poster for further info – Christmas Concert Crawley 18 Alzheimer’s Society

Francis Court Care Home - Care UK
Facilities for community groups associated to older person's, later life and health and wellbeing.

Francis Court Care Home have excellent facilities which are available for any related community based group/organisations to use totally FREE OF CHARGE whilst enjoying some COMPLIMENTARY REFRESHMENTS

Francis Court is split across three floors and on each floor they boast beautiful lounge areas allowing friends/family to sit and relax whilst taking in their lovely surroundings which are open to the general public to come in and enjoy also.

Care UK and Francis Court are dedicated to help support the community and where possible develop long term sustainable relationships with local groups, charities and businesses.

Please contact Mark Luxford if your group would like to take up this lovely offer – email or call 01342 887825

Please see Francis Court Care Home’s flier here – Francis Court Flier

coldAlert Service For Sussex - Winter 2018/2019
Service launching on 1st November 2018

The coldAlert service in Sussex is a community messaging service. It sends ‘alerts’ directly to subscribers when severe cold weather is forecast. The service will launch on 1 November until 31 March 2019, it has been operational each winter since 2012 and currently has over 1100 subscribers to the service.

This service is particularly beneficial to people caring for elderly relatives and friends, people with health conditions affected by cold weather and families with young children. Receiving a coldAlert prior to severe weather arriving enables carers, friends and relatives to offer support and ensure people in their community have warm homes, food, drink and medications to last throughout the cold spell.

It is a free service and anyone can register at The alerts are sent 24 to 48 hours prior to a cold weather event, in the form of a text, voicemail, email or by app (download the airAlert app and select coldAlert subscription).

The coldAlert service is managed by the Sussex-air partnership ( and funded by all Sussex district & borough councils and Public Health.

WSCC Care Guide
Information about care and support services and care homes in the county

The guide covers: finding care at home locally; day care services; extra-care Housing Scheme and care homes around the county. The Care Guide can be viewed as an interactive eBook, allowing you to browse through it electronically in the same way as the printed version which is also available at your local library, or it can be ordered via an online social care publications form. For more information visit WSCC Care Guide.

Sussex Police
Protecting Vulnerable Victims of Fraud

Operation Signature is a process introduced by Sussex Police to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud. It focuses on the protection of the elderly and vulnerable members of communities through awareness and prevention. It recognises the nature of fraud is not only financial, but also emotional which can lead to a detrimental effect on a victims physical and mental health. For more information visit operation fraud.

NHS England Guide
Care Planning in Dementia

Care planning is crucial in delivering improved care for people living with dementia, and supporting their families and carers. It is very important to have a high quality care plan that is reviewed regularly. Any care plan needs to be personalised to the specific needs of each person with dementia and reflect changes in their care needs over time. To support the adoption of high-quality care plans NHS England has developed a guide Dementia: Good Care Planning, with input from people living with dementia, their carers and health and social care professionals. The guide highlights key characteristics of a person-centred dementia care plan and though it is aimed primarily at commissioners and primary care colleagues who provide care plan reviews, it will also be of interest to anyone tasked with writing a care plan and to those in need of a care plan. For information visit here.

Struggling to Cope With Later Life
Age UK Qualitative Research Project

The purpose of the project was to understand more about older people going through difficult situations, with a view to developing approaches that can help them to want to and be able to move on from the situations in a positive and sustainable way. It is hoped that the project will be helpful to organisations that work with older people in need, including the NHS, for which a key interest is understanding how to support people more effectively to look after their health. This project is relevant to that concern because it focuses on the older people who, usually for a plethora of reasons, are unable or, it may appear, unwilling to look after themselves properly. It could also be of interest to other organisations, such as the Money Advice Service, seeking to understand how to motivate people to manage their day to day lives effectively. Visit Project Report.

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21 January 2019
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