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Sussex Sports Awards 2018
Last few days to nominate for the Sussex Sports Awards 2018

We need your help in finding high performing athletes and teams, dedicated volunteers and coaches, and the organisations at the heart of Sussex sport and physical activity. This year’s categories are stated below, and we are particularly keen to get some more nominations in for the categories highlighted in blue!:
• University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year
• Young Volunteer of the Year
• Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award
• Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year
• Create Development Active Primary School of the Year
• Everyone Active Club of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• The Grand Hotel Community Impact Award
• Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year
BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award
• Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year
• Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year
For full category information, criteria and nominations guidelines, please click here.

To nominate, please complete the form here

Nominations close at 12pm noon on Friday 19 October 2018.

The shortlist of finalists will be announced on Wednesday 31 October 2018, and the winners announced at the prestigious Sussex Sports Awards at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday 23 November.

Good luck!

Black History Celebrations
October 20th 2018

Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Empire Windrush
& Martin Luther King’s assassination 50th anniversary

See Black History Celebrations 2018

Talking to Young People about Mental Health
Saturday 20th October 2018

Talking to Young People about Mental Health
This is two-hour session for parents and/or carers of children and young people in West Sussex.
This course is primarily aimed at parents and/or carers of children and young people in West Sussex but other family members over 18 are also very welcome.
This course is being delivered through a partnership between Coastal West Sussex Mind, West Sussex County Council and West Sussex CCGs.
About the course
In this course, we will explore the difficulties around talking with young people about mental health and emotional well-being. The session will include practical strategies and approaches we can use when talking with young people about mental health.
Getting to the Venue
There is pay and display parking at the venue and the station is situated approximately 10 minutes walk away.
The course runs from 10.00 – 12.00
Please notify us ASAP if you are unable to attend the course. As this is a funded programme our aim is to ensure all available places are taken up. Early notification may mean we can offer this space to someone on our waiting list.

Please use this link to book your place – Eventbrite

Crawley Autism Training Event
Wednesday 31st October, 10am - 1pm - Crawley Baptist Church

Aspie Trainers provide autism training which is designed and delivered by a team of autistic adults and supported by Impact Initiatives. The training combines theory and practical advice, backed up with the trainers’ first-person knowledge and experience of living, working and using services on the autism spectrum, allowing for an illuminating insight into what life with autism is like and how any organisation can best support the autistic people they work with.
The team will be running an autism training event on Wednesday 31st October, 10 am – 1 pm which will focus on ‘Reasonable adjustments’ and ‘Autistic women’. The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend and spaces are just £40 per person, making it ideal for smaller teams or organisations. To book a space on the session, or to find out more, contact us aspietrainers / 07471 353062 or visit our website
See poster for more info – Crawley Autism Training Event

Autism Support Crawley
Paul Isaacs Talk - Manor Green College - Thursday November 1st 2018

We are delighted to be bringing the very wonderful Paul Isaacs to Manor Green College, Crawley on Thursday November 1st. This is a public event open to parent/carers, the people they care for, professionals and anyone with an interest in Autism. Places are limited to 150 so please click on the Eventbrite link to book your tickets asap. Huge thanks to the lovely Vee for creating our brilliant poster. We are really looking forward to hosting this event. Please click to book Eventbrite
Please see poster for further info – Paul Isaacs

Keep Warm and Well with our new Local Energy Advice Partnership
Horsham - Friday 2nd November and Worthing - Monday 5th November

Around 31,000 households in West Sussex will struggle to afford to heat their homes adequately this winter, and will be living in cold, damp and unhealthy homes as a result.
People in our communities face difficult choices; whether to heat their homes and spend less on other essentials such as food or spend what they need to keep their home warm and try to avoid falling into (further) debt.

How you can help
Join us by registering on Eventbrite at this link here to learn more about the help that’s available locally and nationally to help low income households stay warmer and healthier this winter.

Who should attend? We warmly welcome front line professionals, charities, community groups and other organisations that will be supporting local residents this winter.

This winter, alongside our existing Affordable Warmth initiatives, we are very pleased to partner with the LEAP energy and money saving advice service. Eligible households can benefit from a free LEAP Home Energy Advisor visit to their home, which provides simple energy efficiency measures, energy saving advice, help to switch energy tariffs and to identify new income and benefits.

Crawley Borough Council
Hosting new sessions for community and voluntary groups, providing information and advice about start-up funding and grants

Charity managers and organisers of not-for-profit groups are invited to book a free place on Wednesday 7 November in the Civic Hall to find out about opportunities with the council’s Grants Officer and the Funding Advice Worker from Crawley Community and Voluntary Service (CCVS).

The face-to-face sessions on offer will give applicants advice on how to apply successfully for grants to set up or develop their community activities or perhaps achieve a one-off project.

Funding comes from a variety of sources and these advisors have the expertise and understanding of how a successful funding application is made.

Councillor Brenda Smith, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “People locally have some great ideas on how to add value to their community and to organise some really successful projects or events. Finding funding is often an obstacle stopping things from happening.

“We particularly encourage new groups to apply and any new partnerships as often groups can achieve more by working together.”

Karl Parks, Groups Advisor at CCVS, said: “We are keen to help local groups explore new ways of diversifying their income and increasing their confidence in completing funding applications.

“These sessions will help us identify the most appropriate funding sources available for your project and any other areas of group development that may need to be discussed before applying for funding.”

To book a place email Karl and for more information visit Crawley CVS

If you would like to apply for a council Community Grant, please contact Craig Downs on 01293 438763, email Craig or visit Crawley Grants

Making Tomorrow a Better Day Conference
November 13th, 2018 at the Conference Centre at Sussex University

The conference is FREE and has some great speakers along with the opportunity to network and discuss how we build on innovation to build stronger and more resilient people and communities.

Impact Initiatives are holding ‘Making Tomorrow a Better Day’ conference on November 13th 2018 9.15am – 4.15pm at the Conference Centre at Sussex University.

The conference will discuss and agree further actions on how we build on existing innovation and strategies to help people to support themselves and others so we build healthier, stronger and more resilient people. Duncan Selbie, CEO of Public Health England and Rachel North, Director of Communities at WSCC, will speak along with others who work locally, nationally and internationally.

The full agenda is available here Agenda and bookings can be made here Bookings

Delegates will be decision makers and service delivery staff from statutory and voluntary sector organisations, businesses and academics and students from across Sussex. Speakers will be from national and local bodies as well as those who have lived experience of developing and implementing innovation which builds stronger and more resilient people and communities.

Saturday 24th November 2pm-6pm - Memorial Gardens and Crawley Town Centre

The CHIME event
CHIME is taking place on Sat 24th November. Funded by Arts Council and Crawley Borough Council, the event will feature a range of community and professional musicians on Crawley’s newly re-furbished town bandstand, a wide range of community, arts and craft stalls, food demo’s, a community lantern parade around the town centre followed by a firework finale.

Based around the theme of North, South, East and West; it is about journey’s and celebrating how we all got here no matter where we come from. We all have different backgrounds but in Crawley, we all CHIME together.

Schools workshops
We are currently working in ten local schools where students will decorate their own lantern and then join in the children’s and community parade which features samba, dhol and steel pan drummers.

Community workshops
We are inviting community groups to come along to three FREE arts and crafts workshops taking place at Crawley library and Crawley museum where they can decorate lanterns which they will carry at the community parade around town on Sat 24th November. The workshops are an opportunity for community groups to meet, share and celebrate.
Sat 20 Oct, Crawley Library 1030-1230
Sat 27 Oct, Crawley Library 1000-1200 & 1400-1600
Sat 10 Nov, Crawley Museum 1030-1230 & 1400-1600

Winter Warmer - Tuesday 27th November - The Charis Centre
Crawley Wellbeing

Come along to this free event to find out how to keep safe, warm and well this winter with Crawley Wellbeing.
For more information, call Crawley Wellbeing on 01293 585317.
See Winter Warmer poster – Winter Warmer Flyer 2018

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that breaks the world record for the most amount donated to good causes online in 24 hours. It takes place on 27 November this year and any charity can become an Official Partner of the campaign.
All you need to do is commit to doing something on the day, whether that’s holding a fundraising event, thanking your supporters or simply celebrating the great work you do all year round.
How Marie Curie got involved in 2017
During this time of year Marie Curie often ask a lot from their supporters, so in 2017 they used Giving Tuesday as an opportunity to “give thanks” instead. The day was a massive success and their staff sent out more than 2,000 hand written thank you notes to some of their most engaged supporters. Read more about what they did.
We’ll help you get involved
We have a number of toolkits available for you to download to help you plan your Giving Tuesday activities. These include a Social Media Toolkit which has everything you’ll need to plan your social media activity in the lead up to and on the day.
It’s free to join us as a partner so get involved and use the buzz around the campaign to benefit your charity.

Get involved today

Can you help us?

We provide low cost counselling for couples, families and young people.
The Relate Charity shop in Broadfield Barton urgently needs ladies clothes to sell. We can accept goods at the shop which is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4.00pm. Unfortunately we are unable to accept toys or electrical good.

Bus User Survey
Further to the recent Bus Strategy Consultation, WSCC would like to know more about how passengers use the supported bus routes across the county

Most routes in West Sussex are operated by bus companies on a commercial basis, and these are not part of this survey. However, some routes receive a subsidy from the county council to help them run.

Below is a list of bus services which are currently either wholly or partly subsidised by the county council and are included in the survey:

Arriva – 63
Brighton & Hove – 59A
Compass Travel – 8/8A, 16, 19, 30, 31, 33, 36A/36C, 39, 42, 52, 62, 64, 66A/66C, 67, 69, 71, 74/74A/74B, 85/85A, 89, 93, 96, 99, 100, 150
Metrobus – 61, 65, 84, 98, 200, 270, 272, 291, 606, 610, 692, 693
Stagecoach – 46, 47, 50, 54, 56, 70, 91/92/93
Shared Taxi Service – Billilinks (Villages Transport Link)

We are keen to gather feedback from passengers and others to help us understand the impact of any potential changes to the routes above.

Further information and the online questionnaire is available at – or by calling 01243 642105 for a paper copy.

Young Crawley Event - 16th October

For those of you who were attending the Young Crawley event on the 16th October, this has now been postponed and will take place in January. The theme will still be Celebrating Young Crawley. More details including an exact date will be available soon.

The Crawley Community Shop Ltd.
Is your charity looking for new opportunities to raise funds?

The Crawley Community Shop Ltd in Pound Hill is a social hub for the local community. Nine charities are raising funds by selling donated goods in the shop, and more are invited to join the team. All the money raised during the year is donated to the nominated charities, and this year £30.30 per session has been paid by this successful enterprise. The charities presently involved are The Phoenix Choral Society, Crawley Museum Society, Cruse, Openfields, the League of Friends of Crawley Hospitals, Crawley Division of Girl Guides, Crawley United Reformed Church, Crawley Community & Voluntary Service and the Samaritans.
Please contact Charis Easter, Membership Engagement Officer at Crawley Community and Voluntary Service if you would like to find out more.
Click here to email Charis

Outreach 3 Way
We're fundraising for S.M.I.L.E!

BIG news…we’re planning to develop an amazing, stimulating and fun recreation area onsite in Ifield for the people we support and the wider community!
This new area will enable people of all abilities to take part in activities they are currently missing out on.
We’re now on a mission to raise £30,000 to make this dream come true and we’d love your help in raising funds and awareness!
How you can help – Outreach 3 Way

South East Club of the Year

‘Crawley Run Crew, established in October 2016, are delighted to have been recognised by England Athletics as the South East Club of the Year as part of the Volunteer Awards. Growing to over 150 members since our launch, led by a team of committed volunteers, we are humbled by this award. We look forward to attending the Volunteer Awards Celebration in Guildford on the 4th October and, to continuing to build the club further as we look to provide more running activities for the local Crawley community.’

Head Coach and Vice-Chair

Voluntary Community Partnership Principles
A new pledge has been made to boost community working in West Sussex

‘The County Council recognises the importance of having a strong and effective relationship with our Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) in order to achieve its ‘West Sussex Plan’ ambitions for our communities and places by working in partnership and collaboration we recognise the added value in working together towards common aims and objectives will achieve more effective outcomes for our residents’
To view the principles click here – Voluntary Community Partnership Principles

Healthwatch West Sussex Community Fund
Community Fund Launched

Healthwatch West Sussex are excited to announce the launch of our Community Fund for local community and voluntary groups with the aim to gather insight into people’s health and social care experiences with a view to influencing future improvements.

We invite applications for awards of up to £500. Our aim is to keep the process simple and applying is easy so that we can make awards that make a difference to local people. All applications will be judged on their own merits and in relation to how they could contribute to improving people’s health and wellbeing experiences.

We would expect recipients to provide a simple report about their project/activity once completed to include: how many people were involved, how they raised awareness of Healthwatch West Sussex with their members and wider local community: so that we hear the ‘voices of your community health and care needs’. The report could possibly include photographs of the project, that we could use in our community work.

The projects do not have to be expensive or complicated, for example: enough to cover the cost of setting up an event within an existing group, or a new group so that people can meet to share their health and care experiences, or the cost of materials so that a group could produce artwork representing their experiences. No matter what your group is, if you are part of a community in West Sussex, we are keen to hear from you.

We will be reviewing applications every month and will reply as soon as we can.

Interested groups or individuals just need to send a short description of their project idea and the amount of funding they are asking for to Cheryl Berry or call on 07966 529756.

Programme of Events 2018 May - Dec
Crawley Interfaith Network (CIFN)

CIFN exists to promote mutual respect and understanding among the various faith communities in Crawley Borough. A number of events are planned for the year. See CIFN Prog may Dec 2018 for more information or visit CIFN Facebook page. 

Phoenix Choir of Crawley
Happiness is....singing in a choir

Whether you chant on the football terraces or with your mates down the pub, sing in the shower or in the car to your favourite tracks, singing is fun.

Phoenix Choir is a friendly amateur mixed voice choir – please find more information here – New singers welcome at Phoenix Choir

Diverse Crawley
Forthcoming Events for 2018

Diverse Crawley Forthcoming Events 2018

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

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Diary Dates

Crawley Housing and Homelessness Forum
27 September 2018
Crawley CVS Board Meeting
02 July 2018
Crawley Older Persons Forum
09 July 2018
Young Crawley Children & Families Forum
17 July 2018
Mental Health Forum
25 July 2018

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