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Amazing opportunities to volunteer in schools around Crawley

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There are now opportunities at Desmond Anderson Primary Academy and Pound Hill Infant Academy as the University of Brighton Academies Trust is looking for volunteers to join the Local Boards of academy schools based in Crawley.

Local Board members work alongside elected parents, staff representatives and the academy’s Principal, to ensure that every child reaches their full potential.  A mix of individuals from the local community currently volunteer on academy Local Boards and the Trust is particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have experience in:

  • primary or secondary education
  • fundraising and marketing
  • working with the local community
  • local businesses
  • volunteering with children or young people
  • strategic planning.

“Being a Local Board member is enjoyable and rewarding”

Full training and support is also given, providing volunteers with board-level leadership, strategy and team working skills.

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Dr John Smith, Chief Executive of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, said Local Board members were an essential link between an academy school and its community:

“They help make a positive impact on young people’s lives; using their professional and personal skills to help shape the vision of an academy, celebrate success, oversee pupil wellbeing and ensure the academy communicates effectively with parents/carers.

“We work collaboratively with our 15 Sussex-based academies and everyone connected to them to achieve excellence. Both the Trust and our academy Principals value highly the role Local Board members play in maintaining links with their local community.”

Josephine Notaras, who serves on the Local Board of Desmond Anderson Primary, explained her role:

“As a mother of four I’m a firm believer in the importance of a good education. I see my role as a critical friend to the academy and I find being a Local Board member interesting and inspiring.”

Bill Steele, who is on the Local Board of Lindfield Primary Academy, said:

“Being a Local Board member is enjoyable and rewarding. I volunteered as I have always been interested in education and doing this enables me to help make a difference to the academy and its community.”

To find out more and to apply visit: www.brightonacademiestrust.orguk/locallink

Expression of interest are requested by Wednesday 28 February 2018.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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