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Autism Support Day a huge success in Crawley

The yearly event providing help and advice around all aspects of autism has once again proven a huge success.

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Crawley Mayor Carlos Castro was on hand to support the event.

The event at Manor Green College in Ifield has been attended by over 300 people with workshops and talks taking place throughout the day.

Crawley’s Mayor Carlos Castro was on hand to show the towns support for such an important event.

With a wide range of stands offering different help ranging from travel to toys, anyone who needed to learn more about autism for their family or friends were able to gain the right guidance for support.

Maria Cook from Autism Support Crawley said:

“This is such an important event and helps so many people. This year we were lucky enough to have author Robyn Steward come and talk to us.”

Liam McMath provided musical entertainment during the event.

For anyone who was unable to make the event and would like help or support they can contact Maria at maria@autismsupportcrawley.co.uk

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Council asks you to help improve the lives of those living with dementia

More than 30,000 people in West Sussex are Dementia Friends, and West Sussex County Council is encouraging all of its staff and residents to join the programme.

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The focus comes in support of Dementia Action Week, which is running from 20-26 May 2019.

Dementia is rapidly becoming the defining health issue of our time, with the numbers of people living with the condition increasing and no treatment to prevent or cure the underlying diseases. However we believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. 

Over the duration of the week, a range of events, such as Memory Cafes and ‘Ask the Expert’ will be taking place across the county, aimed to raise awareness of the matter and share information. 

As part of these events, Human Story Theatre is presenting Connie’s Colander across various West Sussex libraries. A drama intertwining a mother and daughter’s journey with dementia, tickets to the stripped-back, intimate show are free and can be booked via Eventbrite. The drama is crammed with all emotions and lots of laughs, alongside an informal Q&A session, facilitated by the two actors and local dementia specialists.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“Dementia affects each person differently. Therefore it is really important that we understand how to recognise when someone is living with the condition.

“I cannot emphasise the importance of becoming a Dementia Friend enough. None of us are immune to the disease, so it is vital that we help to make a difference and continue to reduce the stigma surrounding it.”  

Around 14,000 people are estimated to have dementia in West Sussex and that figure is expected to reach 18,000 over the next six years.

More advice on dementia, as well as information on the upcoming events, can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/daw19.

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