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Crawley care homes to take part in National Care Home Open Day

Deerswood Lodge in Crawley will be welcoming the local Brownies to support a residents’ coffee morning and Burleys Wood, also in Crawley, has organised a garden tea party with guests including The Mayor of Crawley and Local MP, Henry Smith.

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Care homes in Crawley will be welcoming the public on 21st April as part of National Care Home Open Day.

Shaw healthcare, which operates the two homes, is once again looking forward to bringing communities together and supporting a great event.

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Deerswood Lodge in Crawley will be welcoming the local Brownies to support a residents’ coffee morning at 11am and Burleys Wood, also in Crawley, has organised a garden tea party from 2.30pm with guests including The Mayor of Crawley and Local MP, Henry Smith.

The aim of Care Home Open Day is to encourage local people to visit care homes in their communities and for care homes to take the opportunity to celebrate the positive relationships between residents and their families, friends and staff, as well as their neighbours in the surrounding area.

A full list of participating homes can be found at www.shaw.co.uk.

Kim Harris, operations Manager, said:

“As a part of the local community, we feel it’s important to open our doors and let people see what goes on at our care homes; not just the services we provide, but the community spirit that exists within the care home. I hope everyone who visits enjoys it and is able to celebrate with residents and staff.”

Shaw healthcare provides a spectrum of services from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.

Care Home Open Day is a UK-wide initiative, supported by thousands of care homes and organisations including the Care Quality Commission and the Alzheimer’s Society. It was launched in 2009 and aims to create lasting links between care homes and the local community.

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West Sussex’s exciting new crowdfunding platform

From a local event or festival to bringing a disused space back to life, West Sussex has a new way to fund and support local projects.

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Have you ever had an idea that you think would be fantastic for your local area but struggle when it comes to funding the project? Don’t panic. There’s a new way to get the funding.

West Sussex Crowd is a new crowdfunding platform where you can share your community idea and offer neighbours, local businesses and other interested parties the opportunity to pledge their support to make your idea a reality.

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Ideas can now be uploaded online at www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said:

“This is a really exciting time for groups and projects in West Sussex.

“If you have an idea which will benefit your community, whether it’s a renovation project, a festival or even equipment for a club, then upload it to West Sussex Crowd.

“Groups have already put started using the site and I hope we will see many more crowdfunding campaigns launch on there soon.”

West Sussex County Council is making £330,000 Community Initiative Fund available to pledge to projects on the site.

This will replace its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund.

Free events for groups with project ideas who would like to start crowdfunding will run in each District and Borough area during May.

Places can be booked here:

Mid Sussex Community Workshop, Monday 14th May, 10am – 12noon
Chichester Community Workshop, Tuesday 15th May, 9.30am – 11.30am
Horsham Community Workshop, Thursday 17th May, 10am – 12noon
Crawley Community Workshop, Thursday 17th May, 2pm – 4pm
Arun Community Workshop, Friday 18th May, 10am – 12noon
Adur/Worthing Community Workshop, Friday 18th May, 2pm – 4pm

Those who have a project idea but are unable to attend an event are encouraged to register for one of these free webinars:

Royal Society of Arts Online Crowdfunding Workshop (with Spacehive taking part), Thursday 19th April, 6pm – 7pm
• Spacehive’s Webinar: How to run an awesome crowdfunding campaign, Wednesday 25th April, 12noon – 1pm

A formal launch event will take place on Wednesday 9 May from 5.30pm to 7pm at St. Paul’s, Worthing.

To find out more and to upload your project to West Sussex Crowd, visit: www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

If you have further queries about getting started or would like to discuss your project ideas, please e mail communities@westsussex.gov.uk

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