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Crawley Funding Day
Wednesday 27th February

Join the Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery Fund and a host of local stakeholders for Crawley Funding Day.
Learn about funding opportunities that are available to support you and your work.

Wednesday 27 February
Crawley Library
10.00 – 16.00

Places are free but space is limited so please register in advance at

NB The day is open to groups, organisations or individuals based in or working in Crawley.

If you would like further info, please contact Karl Parks on 01293 657158 or email

Get help with savings if you’re on a low income
Help to Save

How it works

Help to Save is a type of savings account. It allows certain people entitled to Working Tax Credit or receiving Universal Credit to get a bonus of 50p for every £1 they save over 4 years.
Help to Save is backed by the government so all savings in the scheme are secure.

How payments work

You can save between £1 and £50 each calendar month. You do not have to pay money in every month.

You can pay money into your Help to Save account by debit card, standing order or bank transfer.

You can pay in as many times as you like, but the most you can pay in each calendar month is £50. For example, if you have saved £50 by 8 January you will not be able to pay in again until 1 February.

You can only withdraw money from your Help to Save account to your bank account.

For further info please see here –

Sport in Mind
An independent Mental Health Charity

Sport in Mind ® is an independent mental health charity (unaffiliated to Mind) founded in Berkshire in 2010 with a simple mission:

“To improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems through sport and physical activity”

We are the UK’s leading mental health sports charity and deliver physical activity projects in partnership with the NHS in order to promote mental wellbeing, improve physical health, combat social isolation and empower people to move their lives forward in a positive direction.

Our services have supported over 10,000 people experiencing mental health problems and are co-designed by people with personal experience of mental health problems and healthcare professionals.

Our work is delivered to support the recovery of people with mental health problems in the community and also inpatient care as we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in sport and physical activity irrespective of how unwell they are.

Sport in Mind is passionate about raising awareness of mental health problems and the benefits of being physically active. There are still many common misconceptions about mental illness in society today and we use the power of sport to bring people together to talk about mental health and change attitudes.

For further info please see the website –

The FUTURE of Health and Care

The NHS would like to invite you to a discussion on the future for health and care services, and to help them prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made to ensure our populations continue to have the best possible care.

Now that the NHS Long-term plan has been published, it is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.

These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our “Big Health and Care Conversation” across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.

Our discussions will be focused on the FUTURE of health and care:

  • Facing up to our challenges
  • Understanding Need
  • Transforming services
  • Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
  • Resources and how we use them most effectively
  • Equality of access and care for our diverse population

To book a place, please follow the link below:

20th February: Charis Centre, Crawley 10 am – 12 midday
The Future of Health and Care Crawley

To find out more, please email:

For links and information see web page:

Run Gatwick - 12th May
Half Marathon, 5K, Family Run

Our Races

Run Gatwick Half Marathon
Set over a fully closed route, the single-lap course takes in a combination of town centre, beautiful rural Sussex and Surrey countryside and the buzz of Gatwick Airport. We are proud to be in partnership with the UK’s flag carrier, British Airways, for the second year running. Sign up now for just £34+£2 booking fee.

Run Gatwick 5k
The 5k is a fully closed, single-lap route that starts in pretty Southgate Park and works its way through Crawley’s lively town centre. This is the perfect distance for new runners that want a challenge, but not the full 13.1 miles of a Half Marathon, or for experienced runners that prefer a shorter, faster race. Sign up now for just £18 +£2 booking fee.

Run Gatwick Family Run
The Family Run is a fantastic opportunity to get kids excited about running in a big event, where children aged 4 and up can take on the 1 mile challenge in and around the centre of Crawley on a safe, traffic free route. Sign up now for just £5 +£2 booking fee.

Please see poster for more information – Run Gatwick, 5K, family run, half marathon

Saturday 23rd February, 2019

Fun afternoon with Bollywood Music and Refreshments

Dormans Youth Art Centre,
Gossops Green,
RH11 8HZ

Please see flier for more information – Crawley Indian Heritage Society Event flyer

“Happy Science connects global religions“
Thursday 28th February 2019, 7pm - 9pm

Remigijus Jakulevicius, MA
Remi has 20 years’ experience in Customer Service;
Born in a Christian family; found “Happy Science” to be his spiritual path, will share his experiences on that journey.

Venue – The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6AD
Please see poster for more information – Happy Science Connects Global Religions

Volunteering with Diabetes UK
Would you be able to train to become a Know Your Risk volunteer for Diabetes UK?

We will be running Volunteer induction training and Know you risk training session on
28th February 2019 from 10 am to 5 pm
At Crawley library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Please see poster for more information – Know Your Risk Training Diabetes UK

Crawley Festival
Annual General Meeting - Tuesday 5th March

Crawley Festival Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 March, 7.30pm, in The Beech Room, Crawley Civic Hall.

Crawley Festival is a range of events showcasing some of the best local talent in a variety of artforms. It is ‘By Crawley, for Crawley’ with many Crawley Festival events free to attend, through generous sponsorship.
Crawley Festival committee are keen to hear from any local individuals, groups or organisations who would like to be involved in any way in this year’s Crawley Festival.
Anyone who would like to find out more about Crawley Festival should come along to the AGM and have a chat or contact the organisers via

The dates for the key Crawley Festival 2019 events are

  • Mainstage: Saturday 22 June, 12noon until 5pm in the Memorial Gardens
  • Lunchtime concerts in St John’s Church: each day Monday 24 to Friday 28 June
  • Armed Forces Day: Saturday 29th June in the Memorial Gardens
  • High Street Live: Sunday 30th June in the High Street 2pm to 9pm

Crawley Diabetes UK Group
Wednesday 13th March 2019

We would like to invite you to The LAUNCH meeting for the Crawley Diabetes UK Group.

The event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

Please see poster for further info – Crawley Diabetes UK Group

Phoenix Choir of Crawley
Concert - Saturday 6th April 2019

Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ is a choral work of awesome power. Its sheer beauty and intensity have ensured it a leading place in the choral repertoire. The ‘Coronation Mass’ is one of the most popular of Mozart’s seventeen settings of the mass. In a concert at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley, on Saturday 6th April 2019, Phoenix Choir of Crawley will be joined by guest singers from other local choirs, four fabulous soloists and a professional orchestra. To sing in this concert as a guest, visit or phone 01293 515287

Peer Coaching for Writers - Crawley
Free sessions

These sessions aim to create a self-sustaining peer coaching group – a productive, focused space for participants to explore and pursue their personal development.
Coaching enables people to identify and clarify their own goals and develop plans to achieve them. Peer coaching enables structured conversations in which participants take turns to think for themselves through attentive listening and skilled questioning.
This group is ideal for those interested in overcoming ‘stuckness’, dealing with issues and challenges (whether creative or personal), increasing confidence, changing and/or developing direction. In a safe and supportive space, you will learn the key principles of coaching, basic coaching skills and how to run a peer coaching group. Participants need to be prepared to be non-judgemental, supportive and good listeners.



  • Monday 29th April 2019
  • Monday 20th May 2019
  • Monday 24th June 2019

Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: Longley Room, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6HG

Book Your Place:

Help with travel costs is available. Please contact for details.

Tutor: Dominique De-Light is an accredited coach and one of the co-Founders of Creative Future. She has spent 18 years supporting people to make transformative change – empowering others to fulfil their true potential and nourish positive mental health. Coaching was a natural development after running an arts charity for 11 years, as empowerment, empathy, good listening and trust were skills she used daily to create authentic, productive relationships with artists and organisations. These are essential attributes in coaching work. For more information on Dominique see

Crawley STEMfest
Inspiring the next generation

– Enthusing the scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians of the future
– Forging links with businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) community
– Providing exciting hands-on experience of the latest innovations

Now in its eighth year, Crawley STEMfest is the biggest and most exciting celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the region. It takes place in schools, colleges and the community during May and June each year.

Crawley STEMfest aims to inspire local young people to study and build careers in STEM and to enable companies and educators to connect with the future workforce to drive the economy of the 21st century.

In 2018 over 16,000 local students took part in the activities and had the opportunity to meet with STEM role models from over 200 employers.

For further info please visit the website –

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Crawley Housing & Homelessness Forum
Crawley Older Persons Forum
Mental Health Forum
Young Crawley Children & Families Forum

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Young Crawley Children & Families Forum
08 January 2019
Crawley CVS Board Meeting
21 January 2019
Crawley Older Persons Forum
21 January 2019
Mental Health Forum
06 February 2019
Crawley Housing and Homelessness Forum
07 March 2019

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