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Crawley Community Wardens praised for their life saving actions

What started out as a normal Saturday for two of Crawley Borough Council’s Community Wardens, ended with them preventing two young people from taking their own lives.

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Community Wardens Christopher Oakley and Stuart Adesilu

On 18 August, Christopher Oakley and Stuart Adesilu were called to assist Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) with removing a couple from the roof of Orchard Street Car Park who were refusing to cooperate.

CEOs respond to issues when on patrol around the town’s car parks and will call for the Community Wardens’ back-up when required.

Chris said:
“On this occasion, the couple were sat on the roof drinking and refusing to leave. So we attended with the intention of seizing their alcohol and asking them to move on, which is fairly standard procedure.”

The couple were adamant they weren’t leaving so the Wardens considered the involvement of the police. However, as they weren’t being anti-social, they anticipated their presence would be unlikely.

After a short conversation, the situation soon escalated when the male mentioned that four years to the day, his brother had taken his own life, turning an ordinary call-out for the Wardens into a situation with a potentially life-changing ending.

Chris continued:
“We could see he was suffering and started to cry saying he wanted to join his brother.”

The Wardens tried reasoning with him, urging him to use one of the many helplines available to talk to someone about what he was going through. At that point his girlfriend walked away to the other end of the roof and Stuart followed to make sure she was OK. After five minutes of talking, the young man then attempted to jump off the roof of the car park.

Thankfully Chris leapt into action, grabbing the young man’s ankle, using his weight to pull him back down, calling for Stuart’s assistance.

Witnessing the scene, however, caused the female to also attempt to take her own life. Stuart quickly prevented this from happening, moving her to safety.

Police were called at this point and promptly detained the couple.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb said:
“This story could have had a very different ending if it had not been for the quick actions of Chris and Stuart. They showed great compassion and care in a very difficult situation and I am proud to have them as part of the team here at Crawley Borough Council.”

Both Chris and Stuart’s actions have been recognised by the council for their exceptional handling of a very sensitive situation.

If you are struggling and need to talk to someone, call the Samaritans on 116 123.

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Council offers four new apprenticeships

Kick-start your career and make a positive difference to our community, is the message coming from Crawley Borough Council

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The council has four exciting roles available:

  • Worth Park Horticultural Apprentice
  • Communications Apprentice
  • Apprentice Building Maintenance Surveyor
  • Apprentice Specialist Fitter (Vehicle, Plant and Equipment).

Our apprenticeship opportunities aim to help talented people take their first steps in specialist areas while gaining local government experience.

If you’re passionate about helping others and making a difference to Crawley’s residents and the local environment, an apprenticeship with the council could be perfect for you!

The full-time 18-month Horticultural Apprentice role is a unique opportunity based at Worth Park; it’ll combine your passion for sustainable horticulture, hands-on outdoor tasks and a thirst for learning new things.

If you enjoy writing and have a keen interest in the media, Communications Apprentice might be the role for you! During the 18-month programme you’ll write press releases, schedule social media posts, work with local and regional press and so much more.

The Building Maintenance Surveyor vacancy is a two-year apprenticeship with Crawley Homes. You’ll work alongside experienced surveyors and get hands-on experience as a valued member of the Responsive Repairs and Planned Maintenance Teams.

Learn how to service and repair a wide range of vehicles, plant machinery and mechanical equipment with the Specialist Fitter apprenticeship. For three years, you’ll be part of our experienced Vehicle Workshop Team based in County Oak.

Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “As a council, we’re committed to offering these opportunities to young people and those looking to start a new career.

“With our apprenticeships, you can be earning a competitive salary while gaining invaluable work experience and a transferable qualification – there are no drawbacks!”

All vacancies close on Sunday 21 July and offer a starting salary of £12,042.

Find out more about our apprenticeships and register for vacancy alerts at crawley.gov.uk/apprenticeships

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