WSCC – Get Ready for Summer

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Forthcoming Event – Get Ready for Summer

The Sussex Resilience Forum is presenting an event at County Hall North, Park St, Horsham. RH12 1XH. On Saturday 1st July 2017. Registration commences at 0930 and the event takes place 1000-1530 hrs.

‘Get Ready for Summer’ will be supported with presentations from various external and internal partners, including – Public Health England and The Met Office.

The day is aimed at Local Authorities and Voluntary Organisations within Sussex and will provide guidance and training for events which could impact our local communities. The day is divided into various sessions, with an escalating theme on ‘Heat Wave’ and how agencies work together with Local Authorities and the voluntary sector as the situation develops. There are breakout sessions after each presentation, when each table can discuss their thoughts and possible actions and then have the opportunity to feed back to the group as a whole.

Additionally, there will be stands set up to provide written materials to support the presentations and other relevant guidance and contact details.

These events have been well attended in the past and feedback from previous themed events has been very positive. It will be an enjoyable and insightful day and an ideal opportunity for networking and to reinforce the whole ethos of ‘Community Resilience’. A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day.

Tickets can be booked via the website Eventbrite. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact:– Sussex Resilience Forum at email

Kath Brooks | Community Officer
Community Operations
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |
E-mail: email


WSCC – Care Recruitment Campaign

Are you friendly, supportive, respectful, dependable, positive and kind?

If the answer is yes, would you consider a job as a care worker?

A recruitment drive is launching in Crawley to find new care workers for various care roles in care homes, in the local community and in people’s homes.

You can work with so many different people, including young adults, older people, those with a physical or learning disability, people receiving end of life care.

Drop-in job events with local care providers are being held in Crawley on:

Saturday 17 June from 10am to 12pm at Northgate Community Centre, Barnfield Road, Northgate, Crawley, RH10 8DS
Thursday 6 July from 3pm to 6pm at Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
Saturday 15 July from 9.30am to 11.30am at K2 Crawley, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ.

People are invited to come along for a chat about working in care and to find out what vacancies are available.

If you think you have what it takes, then please come along and find out about the opportunities available for a rewarding job in care.

To find out more see website

Eleanor Shipton | Account Assistant
Communications and Engagement Team
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 22190 | External: phone 03302 222 190 |
E-mail: email



apetitio – Meals on Wheels

A message from Rachel Pawley and West Sussex County Council

Welcome to apetito

West Sussex County Council is proud to be working with apetito to support a ‘Meals on Wheels’ delivery service across West Sussex.

Our home meals service ensures that you or your loved ones receive delicious and nutritious meals, delivered every day by our friendly and knowledgeable drivers.

That makes this an ideal choice for those who, for one reason or another, aren’t able to cook for themselves: for instance if they’ve just come out of hospital. And, for your extra peace of mind, we’ll take the contact number of a friend or relative in case we have concerns about a customer’s wellbeing.

Our wide choice of meals… every day
We offer a very varied selection of nutritious main meals and desserts, 7 days a week – 365 days a year, to suit many special dietary requirements, including low fat or salt, gluten free or reduced sugar, vegetarian and vegan.

You’ll see just how wide that selection is from the example of our menu choices attached to this booklet. You can choose from traditional favourites, like cottage pie, beef and roast potatoes, or perhaps spice it up with our delicious chicken curry. Follow that up with one of our many mouthwatering desserts, including classics like apple pie, rhubarb crumble or Bakewell tart.

Because our range of meals is so varied, you’ll be able to personalise your daily choice to meet your own requirements and preferences.

Delivered ready to enjoy
To ensure that they arrive piping hot, all our meals are cooked en-route in our specialist Chefmobil vehicles. If you’d like your meal to be dished up onto a plate, our driver will be happy to help.

When we deliver your hot main meal, for a small extra charge we can bring you a tasty teatime pack too, including a sandwich, pastry and cake or fruit.

Designed especially for you
You can specify exactly the kind of meals you want. For instance, just tell us if you don’t like rice, and we’ll make sure that none of your meals contains rice. And, as well as the special dietary requirements we’ve already mentioned, like low fat or gluten free, we also provide Kosher, African-Caribbean, Asian and Halal options. What’s more, for those who have difficulty swallowing, our award-winning soft and pureed range is the perfect solution.

…as simple as 1,2,3

Step 1
We’ll supply you with a four weekly menu cycle that rotates each week and includes soup, five main meal choices and three dessert choices, including reducing sugar and vegetarian options.

Step 2
Simply select your meal choices for the next week’s delivery on our order form and give it to your delivery driver or, if you prefer, just call us with your order.

And don’t forget, our drivers are always happy to help with your orders. If you’d rather have a soup to start instead of a dessert that’s fine and, for just £1 extra, we can make it three courses: soup, a main course and a dessert.

Step 3
Your meals will arrive at lunchtime and, while we can deliver 365 days a year, you can choose how often you’d like your meals. It’s as easy as that. And, if you need help making your choice, just call us on phone 0800 084 3830.

Please see the brochure below for further details:

What next?
To sign yourself or your relative up to our hot meals
service, simply call us on phone 0800 084 3830
or visit website

Kind Regards

Rachel Pawley
Field Marketer

Telephone: phone 01903 718893
Mobile: phone 07540 127390
apetito Ltd, Office 1
Robert House
C/o R T Page & Son
Unit R
Rudford Industrial Estate, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BF United Kingdom



WSCC – Household Waste Recycling Charges

Changes to West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs)

Starting 1st October 2016
– published here / now, due to repeated requests for this information –

Increased demand for essential services, coupled with reduced government funding, means we need to reduce our spending in other areas. Changes at West Sussex Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) will help us make critical savings while still maintaining a comprehensive service for residents.


If you need this information in
another format then please email
or telephone
phone 01243 642106



Wellbeing month at Crawley Library

Wellbeing Month

March is Wellbeing Month, where we support a variety of activities and talks that help make you healthier and happier. Around the county we will be hosting a large amount of events and in this newsletter we have details on all those in the Crawley and East Grinstead area.

All of our regular activities will also be taking place during Wellbeing Month, for further details check our website.

Wellbeing day for Carers & Cared For
Join us for a day of activities and information for carers and cared for. Meet people from over 20 organisations offering health checks, taster sessions and more. Free Hot drinks and hot food samples from Apetito will be provided. Carers must be 18+, but cared for may be of any age.

Transport can be booked in advance with Community Transport (phone 01444 227225) at a reduced rate of £3.50 for carers and £1.50 for cared for.

Crawley Library
Tuesday 14 March 2017

Day of Dance
Come along and enjoy a whole day of dance. It starts with a demonstration & taster session from Sam Bloom who teaches Jazz dancing. Then in the afternoon there will be further performances and sessions from Louise Ryrie, who teaches ballet and Deb Rolfe who teaches Belly dancing.
All ages welcome and they are all free.

Crawley Library
Saturday 18 March 2017
Performances starting times (taster sessions will run after):
Jazz: 11am
Ballet: 1.30pm
Belly Dancing: 2.30pm

Yoga: Talk & Taster Session
On the last Saturday of the month we are hosting an introductory talk and taster session of “Loose Yoga”. Learn more about this gentle activity which you can adapt to your own speed and level of comfort. It’s free and there’s no need to book.

Crawley Library
Saturday 25 March 2017

Lunchtime Talk: A Drinker’s Tale
Carrying on our free series of talks we have Julian Kirkman-Page a man who quit alcohol after 40 years of drinking having developed type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and gout. He has now written two books “I Don’t Drink” and “One Less for the Road” and will talk about how alcohol had taken over his life and the reality of quitting drinking.

Crawley Library
Wednesday 29 March 2017
1.10pm – 1.50pm

Crawley Library
Southgate Avenue
RH10 6HG
phone 01293 651751



East Crawley County Local Committee

Meet your local county councillors

On Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 7pm
at Longley Room, Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

County Local Committees consider a range of issues concerning the local area, and where relevant make decisions. It is a meeting in public and has a regular ‘talk with us’ item where the public can ask questions of their local elected representatives

Agenda includes: –

  • Participate in ‘talk with us’ public question time
  • Allocation of Community Initiative Funding

For further information and an agenda please contact: –
phone 03302 222527
Facebook crawleytalkwithus


WSCC- Digital Tea Party

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Digital Tea Party

Join us, bring your tablet/smartphone/laptop or borrow one of ours and make the most of being online.

  • Using your library online
  • Staying safe online
  • How to video call
  • Using Facebook and Twitter

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley RH10 6HG

Book your place by calling phone 01293 651751, going into Crawley Library or online at website and search West Sussex Digital Tea Party and select from the list.

Kath Brooks | Community Officer
Community Operations
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |
E-mail: email


PH(N)RA AGM Information from WSCC

A message from Terina Bryant – Principal Community Officer (Crawley)

Message originally delivered at the PH(N)RA AGM Meeting 13 September 2016

The Crawley Community Operations Team are part of the WSCC Communities and Public Protection Directorate. This directorate comprises of Fire and Rescue, Trading Standards, Prevention & Intervention and WSCC Community Safety and Wellbeing.

The team is comprised of 3 people – Terina Bryant, Kath Brooks and Paul Niner. who are based in Crawley and support statutory, voluntary and community activity that improves the health and wellbeing of the residents of Crawley.

Our focus is on the WSCC Future West Sussex plan 2015-19, and specifically our work concentrates on the following priorities, with a community based focus:

  • Giving children the best start in life
  • Promoting independence in later life

Our team works supporting WSCC Elected Members in their role as Community Champions, and we provide WSCC Commissioners with “on the ground” local contact to communities and voluntary organisations. WSCC is keen to work with residents on creating local solutions to issues that impact and affect them – and our team works with our partners in the County Council and Crawley Borough Council to strengthen community resilience.

Additionally, we promote and administer the WSCC Grants programme for Small Grants (up to £1,000) – and work with Members and colleagues on 2 other WSCC funding streams – Community Initiative Fund and the Members Big Society Grant fund.

Finally, our work is linked to the WSCC Public Health Directorate, and we work with our local community around the “5 Ways of Wellbeing” – which underpins our work in West Sussex and is central to the 3 grant streams mentioned above. More details can be found here: website…/five-ways-to-well-being

Specifically tonight, I’d like to mention the following things which may be of interest to you:

Connect to Support – This is a new website for care and support, information, advice, products and services for adults in West Sussex. You can either go online or if you need help using the website, you can call the Adult’s Carepoint on phone 01243 642121. The information has details of local products that can help you at home, local activities and groups, and you can buy care products and services in the online market. Additionally, you can find information about getting funded social care.

Hate Incident Support Line – A significant priority within WSCC’s work on developing stronger, more resilient communities is to tackle hate incidents and hate crimes. As part of this work, we commission a Hate Incident Support Service from Victim Support. A hate incident is actions or words that are targeted at a person because the perpetrator is hostile or prejudiced towards the victims actual, or perceived disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or transgender identity.

Anyone can be a victim or a witness of a hate crime or incident.
In an emergency ring phone 999. To report a non-emergency incident contact Victim Support phone 01293 613010. Their local office is at Woodfield Rd, Crawley, RH10 8ER. Their website is website

Opening Doors to Services – this free event has been organised by the West Sussex Minorities Health and Social Care Group. It is an event where you can find out what is available in your community to support you in your health and wellbeing. It is open to all, but we are particularly encouraging BME residents to attend. It looks like an interesting and lively event, and you can even have a hand & head massage and take part in an African drum circle! The venue is The Civic Hall on the 22nd October between 10-2pm


Memory Walk – this is the first year that this will be in Crawley! It takes place on Friday the 21st October at 11 am at Tilgate Park. There will be 2 walks- a short walk around Tilgate Lake, and a longer 60 minute walk around the park itself. The event is to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society. After the walk, why not stop and have refreshments – home made cakes made by the Forget Me Not Club in Crawley.


Showcase Event – not in Crawley, but in Horsham. This year the event is open to the public, as well as professional teams working in health and social care. There will be over 50 standholders from the voluntary sector, District and Borough Councils as well as the multi-disciplinary teams. Come along – it is free and is a drop in from 10.30-1pm on the 1st November at County Hall North, Horsham.


Action Research – we are looking for volunteers who are happy to spend approximately 45 minutes to an hour being interviewed on a one to one basis. The aim of the interview is to find how people live well, what helps them adopt healthy lifestyles. We hope that inspiring stories and ideas will be shared more widely across the Crawley community to increase everyone’s understanding of how we can support each other in living well.


Terina Bryant

phone Office: 03302 228710
phone Mobile: 07515 052342

Principal Community Officer (Crawley), Communities and Public Protection Directorate, West Sussex County Council
County Hall North,
Chart Way,
West Sussex, RH12 1XH

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Volunteers Needed – YMCA East Surrey

A message from Emily Griffiths – YMCA East Surrey

Hello there,

From the coming summer holidays, YMCA East Surrey will be delivering Short Break service in the Crawley area for children and young people with disabilities, during both school holidays and term time.

This is funded through West Sussex Council, and we are very much looking forward to offering the local community specialised support for their children and young people.

In light of this, we are on the hunt for a full time coordinator, along with playworkers to make this provision possible.

Disability playworker - crawley and horsham area West sussex short breaks coordinator

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Emily Griffiths
Short Breaks Manager

Direct phone 01737 229231

phone 01737 222859


YMCA East Surrey
YMCA Sovereign Centre, Slipshatch Road, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8HA
Registered office:
YMCA Sports & Community Centre, Princes Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6JJ

Registered charity no. 1075028 | Registered company no. 3716594

WSCC – Public Notice

West Sussex County Council
Temporary Traffic Regulation

Public Notice 11-03-2016

websiteSt. Catherines Road, Pound Hill, Crawley

NOTICE IS hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of Section 14(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984, as amended, the use of and parking on

St Catherines Road, Pound Hill, Crawley is temporarily prohibited between Balcombe Road and Somerville Drive, from Friday 11th March 2016 for 1 day between 09:30am – 15:30pm for Carriageway Resurfacing (Diversion route – Balcombe Road, Worth Park Avenue, Grattons Drive, Pembroke Road, Somerville Drive and vice versa).

Emergency and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Vehicular access to properties and businesses within the closure will be managed by the contractor.

This notice will be effective for a maximum of 5 days from the dates given above for the section of road.

Any queries about the effect of the closure on traffic using the highway or the nature of the works please contact the West Sussex Contact Centre on phone 01243 642105.

Dated 11th March 2016

Lucy Monie
Head of Highways and Transport