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“Youth and Faith”

Farah Khan “CIFN Poet”; “Crawley Young MP” at the UK Youth Parliament, Member of “Crawley Young Persons Council”.

Talk followed by a Q&A session. All welcome. Free admission. Refreshments.

Date: Thursday 25th April 2019 – 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

The Orchard, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6AD

For further details please contact: Iyad Daoud –
Tel: 01293 883372

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

Autism Support Day
Tuesday 7th May 2019 10 am - 3.30 pm

For further information on Autism Support Day, please see poster Autism Support Day 2019

Crowdfund Crawley
Crawley Library, Southgate - 2pm – 4pm, Tuesday 7 May 2019

Crowdfund Crawley launched this time last year and has already had 11 local campaigns hit their target with many more in the pipeline. We will be running a workshop on the 7th of May to encourage and support event even more amazing projects to come forward, and would like to invite you to join us for this free event.
The Crowdfund Crawley initiative provides an exciting hub for the residents of Crawley to develop and share creative and innovative projects that will benefit the local community. Whatever the idea, from reclaiming waste ground for a pocket park to a community art project, Crowdfund Crawley is a way for you to shape Crawley through crowdfunding. If your project can show that you have the backing of the community then Crawley Borough Council may also pledge up to £5,000 to your project.
Come along to this workshop to learn about the program and how you can get involved, hear about the fund available to support projects, get tips from previous local project creators, share your idea and get feedback and get advice on running a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Register: register for free here

Exhibition Open Evening - Sussex MS Centre - Thursday 9th May, 4.30 pm - 7 pm
'Our Past, Our Present and Our Longed-for Future'

You are warmly invited to our
Exhibition Open Evening
“Our Past, Our Present and Our Longed-for Future”

In 1984, the MS Centre started life in a back room at Southlands Hospital with fewer than 40 members. Now over 400 people use our services in Southwick to lessen the impact of Multiple Sclerosis on them and on their families.
We are victims of our own success. We offer such a range of classes, individual treatments and social events that our aged accommodation is bursting at the seams. Our oxygen chamber is so busy we have had to turn people away.
We are desperate to replace our old prefabricated cabins with new purpose-built premises, fit to serve our community for the future and provide oxygen treatment to many more.
We would be delighted if you would come along to meet some of our members, learn how our services enhance their lives and about our initial plans for a fabulous new building.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
There will be a short talk at 6pm.

Sussex MS Centre, Croft Avenue, Southwick Recreation Ground, Southwick, BN42 4AB

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

Calling all artists
The Big Mental Health Pop Up

From 13-19 May 2019, Sussex Oakleaf will be taking over an empty shop in Burgess Hill Town Centre and creating The Big Mental Health Pop Up – a public space filled with art, information, activities and inspirational stories of mental health recovery.
For further information please see poster – The Big Mental Health Pop Up

Gravity's Community Summer Fair 2019
Saturday 22nd June, 12-6pm

Gravity Summer Fair 2019 Flyer 2

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 –

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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Diary Dates

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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