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Parkinson’s UK
Self-Management Programme in Crawley

We are pleased to announce that Parkinson’s UK will be running a face to face self-management group in Crawley this autumn.
Self-management groups bring 12 people with Parkinson’s, partners and carers together in a local venue. There’ll be printed information about self-management to discuss and people can learn from each other’s experiences. There will also be an opportunity to develop a personal self-management plan covering important things like exercise, relationships, medication and taking care of yourself physically and emotionally.

The next self-management group in Crawley will meet as follows:

· Day: Wednesday
· Dates: 24 Oct, 31 Oct and 07 Nov.
· Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm

*Venue still to be arranged

Places are limited so if anyone would like to register their interest in participating they can do so:

· Via our online registration form:
· By email:
· By phone: 020 7963 3924

Please see brochure here – Introduction to Parkinsons UK Self Management Programme

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

Carers Support West Sussex
Volunteers Needed

Co-Facilitators at specific Carer Groups in Copthorne, Crawley & Horsham
Working alongside and supporting the Carer Wellbeing Worker to provide a confidential space for carers to meet on a regular basis to offload, gain information and support

Carer Community Liaison Volunteers – across the county

Helping to increase the awareness of Carer Support West Sussex and the support we offer to our family and friends’ carers

Carer Wellbeing Volunteers – Crawley and East Surrey Hospital

We now have a team of Carer Support Workers based in all the acute hospitals in West Sussex.
The aim of this role is to help increase the profile and presence of Carers Support West Sussex and the team based within the hospital. The volunteer would help oversee an Information Stand where they would actively engage with people visiting or attending the hospital

More information on volunteering with Carers Support West Sussex can be found here Carers Support
Please contact Pam Thomson on 01293 220043 / 07900 742174 or if you are interested in finding out more.

GRAVITY'S Summer Festival - Saturday 18th August, 3pm-9pm
Presented by Gravity Social Club

Our festival provides disabled people with the opportunity to be involved in an activity that most people take for granted, as well as the chance to enjoy a feel good community event that can help improve their sense of well-being. More information here – Gravity Festival

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

Crowdfunding Event
Thursday 6th September 2018 - Crawley Library

Do you need support and guidance to start a crowdfunding campaign?

West Sussex County Council, in partnership with Spacehive and Crawley Community and Voluntary Service are holding free one-to-one advice sessions for organisations interested in attracting West Sussex Community Initiative funding to your campaign ahead of the closing date for the second round of awards on the 8th October.
The event will be held at Crawley Library between 2.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursday 6th September and prior booking for the 30-miunute advice sessions is essential to secure a place. Representatives from Spacehive and West Sussex County Council will be available to provide specialist advice on how to help you think through the details of your project and successfully plan and run your crowdfunding campaign.
Please note that these sessions are only open to organisations that have a clear project idea which has already been loaded on to West Sussex Crowd page, completed a Spacehive Expression of Interest form and are ready to fundraise.
For further information and to book a place, please contact Karl Parks, Groups Advisor at Crawley Community and Voluntary Service on 01293 657158 or

Diverse Crawley
Forthcoming Events for 2018

Diverse Crawley Forthcoming Events 2018

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

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 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. 

Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide
National Cyber Security Centre

This guide provides information on how to improve cyber security within your charity – quickly, easily and at low cost. Like businesses, charities are increasingly reliant on IT and technology and are falling victim to a range of malicious cyber activity. Losing access to this technology, having funds stolen or suffering a data breach through a cyber attack can be devastating, both financially and reputationally. Whilst this guide has been created for small charities, its advice is applicable to charities of any size. Visit here to access the guide.

General Data Protection Regulation
Bitesize Guides

The Fundraising Regulator has worked with the Institute of Fundraising to produce 6 briefings on GDPR. These “bitesize” guides are designed to be as accessible and as relevant as possible for fundraisers. Briefing papers 1 and 2 summarise what GDPR is and why it’s important for charities and fundraisers. Briefing papers 3 to 6 focus on 4 specific fundraising methods (Community fundraising, Corporate fundraising, legacy fundraising and Charitable Trust fundraising) and what GDPR means for practice in these areas. For more information visit Fundraising Regulator.

Does your organisation use Crawley town centre?
Have your say on the Crawley Growth Programme - Link to survey

No doubt you are aware there’s a massive regeneration programme being planned in Crawley – The Crawley growth programme. As part of this Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex Country Council have asked Crawley CVS to find out which charities are using space in the town centre and how you would like to access the town centre in future. Please could you take a few minutes to follow this link and complete a survey if your organisation uses the town centre now or would like to in the future

Junior DJ Project
Dreamcatcher Productions

Are you hosting a local event? Dreamcatcher Productions run the Junior DJ Project which works with children aged 6-11 years teaching them to DJ. The children are then given the opportunity to use their new skills and give back to the community by providing music for community events. A PA system is provided and the service is usually free of charge for most community events and organisations. For more information visit Dreamcatcher Productions.

Sussex Prisoners Families
Free training and newsletter

Sussex Prisoners Families is providing a series of free workshops in Crawley and across West Sussex, on understanding the needs of families affected by family imprisonment and how to support prisoners families. To find out more see Hidden Sentence West Sussex 2018 Workshops.

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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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