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Crawley care home opens doors for National Care Home Open Day

Crawley Mayor Brian Quinn was in attendance for National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April. The aim is to encourage local people to visit care homes in their communities.



A Crawley care home was one of many across the UK to throw open its doors and take part in National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 21st April.

Residents and guests of Burley’s Wood care home took advantage of the summer-like weather with a garden party featuring a performance from The Double D’s, whose lead singer is the home’s very own activity champion, Donna Culley. Other special guests included The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Brian Quinn and his wife, along with Borough Councillor, Duncan Crow.

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The day is aimed at encouraging 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.

The Friends of Burley’s Wood, who have been supporting the home with plans for a sensory garden, were keen to use the opportunity to share their ideas for the project which they are excited about.

Mayor of Crawley Brian Quinn, commented:

“I have visited many care homes over the last year and my wife and I were very impressed with the hospitality shown to us, as well as the wonderful care that the staff demonstrated to residents. It was a lovely garden party, with great food and great entertainment, and we hope to visit again.”

Wan Nowakowski, home manager for the Shaw healthcare-run home, said:

“As a key part of the local community, we feel it’s important to open our doors and let people see what goes on at here at Burley’s Wood; not just the services we provide, but the community spirit that exists within the home. I would like to thank everyone involved in making the day such a success.”

Friends of Burley’s Wood, who have been supporting the home with plans for a sensory garden, were keen to share their ideas and the project which they are excited about.

Burley’s Wood delivers care for up to 60 elderly people, including those living with dementia.

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.

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Girls and women across Crawley asked for help to tackle violence and abuse



The views of women and girls across Crawley are being sought to help shape Government strategy to tackle violence and abuse.

The Government is updating the Violence Against Women and Girls strategy and has launched a nationwide Call for Evidence in order to ensure that those who have lived experiences of abuse and violence, and the views of members of the public, are at the heart of plans to stop these harmful crimes. The Call to Evidence runs until 19th February 2021.

The Government has already taken a number of important steps in this area, including strengthening the law on crimes such as stalking, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), but there is more to do.

There have already been many responses, shining a sobering light on the prevalence of gender-based violence in our society. This information is also absolutely invaluable in shaping the most effective policy to fight the scourge of Violence Against Women and Girls.

Crawley MP Henry Smith is urging those who have experiences or views to come forward in the final few weeks of the Government’s Call for Evidence, and to take part in the anonymous survey.

This not only includes frontline professionals and academics, victims and survivors, but their families and friends and members of the public in Crawley who have been indirectly affected.

You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the public survey.

Henry said;

“I know it takes a lot of courage for those who have experienced violence and abuse to come forward, but this information is vital in tackling acts of gender-based violence.

“Our strategy needs to reflect the views and experiences of those who have been directly and indirectly affected, in order to stop these harmful and often hidden crimes happening in our society.

“Crimes that disproportionately affect women and girls range from rape and FGM to upskirting and online offences; they can have terrible effects on victims. We want to do all we can to tackle these appalling crimes, through a new strategy to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls.

“With one month to go until the Call for Evidence closes, let’s create a strategy to tackle crimes against women and girls in the 21st century.”

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