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Crawley Council receives funding to support BAME residents



Crawley Borough Council has been given funding to provide tailored employment support to the town’s black and minority ethnic (BAME) residents. 

In partnership with Jobcentre Plus, the council has secured funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide a bespoke service, aiming to support and empower unemployed residents from the town’s BAME communities to get back into work and expand their employment opportunities.

The pandemic has brought huge job losses to the town and research has shown that those from a BAME background are among the most heavily impacted, by both the virus itself and by the recession.

The council’s new service, which launches today, will be run by Employ Crawley and will expand the suite of employment support services already offered to unemployed Crawley residents.

Jobseekers will be able to access a range of intensive employment support, including support with CV writing, interview preparation, help with reskilling into alternative careers and access to training opportunities.

Support will also be provided to help clients address barriers to employment, including health and wellbeing, housing support, benefits and debt advice.

Employ Crawley’s Hub is located on the ground floor of the Town Hall and when safe to do so, the service will also be provided in local community settings.

Currently, the service can only be accessed by phone and virtual appointment, from Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

To book an appointment call 07814 903871 or 07909730956 or email   

Work has been undertaken to ensure the hub has all the necessary measures in place to protect against coronavirus. Once the Town Hall reopens, those attending appointments will be asked to follow safety measures.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said:

“Through this service, we want to engage with our BAME residents and work with them to address any barriers to employment they may have.

“It’s important that our residents feel confident so they can utilise their skills and access the right opportunities to build successful, lasting careers.”

Bev Andrews, a Customer Service Leader for Gatwick Diamond Jobcentre Plus, said:

“We know some people are struggling in these unprecedented times and have awarded Crawley Borough Council funding to provide localised and tailored employment support. Our Work Coaches are looking forward to working with the council to ensure that everyone in the community can access the right opportunities.”

Employ Crawley is here to help all Crawley residents, for more information about the service, visit


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



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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