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Sussex Armed Forces Network
Service Champion Training - Wednesday 16th January, 2019 - Crawley

This award winning training has been running since 2011 in Sussex and has also been rolled out into Kent and Medway since October 2016. The training allows for the needs of the Armed Forces community to be embedded as part of normal practice rather than having standalone services which are unsustainable and helps enable your organisation to meet the promise from the Nation under the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure that those who are serving or have served and their families are treated fairly.

There are already over 250 active Service Champions in Sussex but there is still a need for at least one champion in each organisation and preferably a spread of Service Champions across larger organisations to cover a number of services/departments.

The course is offered free of charge on a first come first served basis and as you will see from the flyer, further dates and locations are available if the date in Crawley is not suitable.

Further info here – SAFN Champions Event combined Poster 2019

Crawley Expert Patients Programme 'Living Well' course
Booking is essential!

The Expert Patients Programme Living Well course is a self-management course for anyone over the age of 18 living with a long-term physical or mental health condition. The overall aim is to support people to better manage their symptoms. Topics covered in these group sessions include pain and fatigue management, stress, anxiety, depression, isolation, physical activity, health eating, communication, getting the best out of your NHS services, budgeting, distraction techniques, relaxation, positive thinking, goal setting, problem solving and decision making. The course is run by fully trained volunteers who themselves are living with a long-term condition and have a great deal of understanding and empathy for participants.

Dates: Every Thursday, from Thursday 17th January – Thursday 21st February 2019 inclusive
(6 sessions – participants must attend the first session to be able to take part on this course)

Times: 10am – 12.30pm each week (including a break)
Venue: The Charis Centre, West Green Drive, Crawley, RH11 7EL

Please see Crawley Course Poster containing further details of the above course and there is also a Expert patients programme leaflet providing further information on the course content.

Spaces are limited and booking is essential on 01403 227000 × 7547 or

Creative Writing Workshop
Crawley Library

Experiment with creative writing in a safe, supportive and fun environment, and, if you wish, share your writing with others. Led by a published author and experienced facilitator, these workshops are open to any level of ability and focus on different creative exercises each session.

Saturday 12th January 2019
Saturday 26th January 2019
Saturday 9th February 2019
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Saturday 9th March 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019
Saturday 6th April 2019
Saturday 20th April 2019
Saturday 4th May 2019
Saturday 18th May 2019
Saturday 1st June 2019
Saturday 15th June 2019
Times: Saturdays 2:00pm-4:00pm
Venue: Longley Room, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 6HG

Please note, you only need to book for one drop-in and are able to attend all future drop in sessions.

Tutor: Eve Ainsworth’s first Young Adult Novel, Seven Days, was published by Scholastic in Feb 2015. She has won various regional awards including the Wandsworth Teen Award and the Dudley Teen Prize and spoken at national events such as the Hay and Oxford Literary Festivals. Her second YA Novel Crush was published by Scholastic in March 2016, followed by Damage in 2017 and Tender, which was published by Scholastic in March 2018. All four of her novels have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie prize.
Eve lives in West Sussex with her husband and two young children. She currently runs workshops and talks for schools in and around the South East. Her next YA book will be published in March 2019. She is currently writing an adult novel and a shorter novel for children with dyslexia.

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

For further info please see poster – Creative Future poster

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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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