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County Council funding still available for community groups in West Sussex

More than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform so far, with 17 projects reaching their fundraising goal.

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West Sussex County Council have today announced community groups have just over two weeks to upload their ideas for crowdfunded projects in the latest round of county council funding.

Thousands of pounds is being made available to worthwhile community projects across the county thanks to The West Sussex Crowd.

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This crowdfunding platform gives members of the public, businesses and West Sussex County Council the opportunity to pledge money to groups in need of funds.

Project creators have until Monday 8 October to upload their ideas and begin fundraising in order to qualify for the next round of county council Community Initiative Funding.

So far more than £92,000 has been pledged to projects on the platform with 17 projects successfully reaching their fundraising goal.

These include Selsey Care Shop which supports carers and the elderly, The Regis School of Music which hosts support groups, language classes and music lessons, The Quarry Café in East Grinstead and Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week.

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

“We have already seen such a range of brilliant projects hit their targets thanks to pledges from members of the public and the county council’s Community Initiative Fund.

“I would encourage more groups to take full advantage of this opportunity by uploading their ideas to The Crowd and start fundraising before the 8 October, to make sure they are eligible for our funding.”

Earlier this month, a number of free clinics offering 1-2-1 project advice were held by local community and voluntary sector organisations in partnership with the county council and crowdfunding partner, Spacehive.

One more clinic will take place this week:

• Crawley project clinic, Wednesday 26 September (midday-4pm) at Crawley Library. To book a place, visit ‘News & Events’ on The Crowd.

The county council’s Community Initiative Fund replaces its previous funding initiatives including the Small Grants Fund and the Members’ Big Society Fund. It will be allocated at County Local Committee (CLC) meetings throughout the year.

For more information visit www.westsussexcrowd.org.uk

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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