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Crawley introduces Danny the bus to help homeless

As part of efforts to ensure no-one is left out in the cold, Crawley Borough Council is offering local rough sleepers a unique, safe and warm place to sleep thanks to local charities Crawley Open House and The Danny Gallivan Trust.

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As part of efforts to ensure no-one is left out in the cold, Crawley Borough Council is offering local rough sleepers a unique, safe and warm place to sleep thanks to local charities Crawley Open House and The Danny Gallivan Trust.

Danny the Bus is a double decker bus that offers separate sleeping pods for both men (8 spaces) and women (4 spaces), alongside a kitchen and seating area. Originally converted to be used for ex service personnel, it has been offered by The Danny Gallivan Trust to help support local rough sleepers to provide additional shelter over the winter period.

Refurbished by Crawley Men in Sheds project over the course of 2018, Danny will be available until the 31 March and will be operated by Crawley Open House during periods of extreme cold weather.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Michael Jones, said:

“This is a fantastic addition to our extreme weather provision and we are extremely pleased to be working with two fantastic local charities Crawley Open House and The Danny Gallivan Trust.

“Here at the council, we work hard to provide rough sleepers with accommodation, while helping them to move off the streets and towards a better future and the work that Crawley Open House and The Danny Gallivan Trust do to help those sleeping rough, is integral to making that happen.

“I was delighted to be able to visit Danny and thank the staff and volunteers that have helped make this happen.”

Steve Swain, Chairman of The Danny Gallivan Trust, said:

“Everyone at The Danny Gallivan Trust is pleased to be working with Crawley Open House and Crawley Borough Council the loan of our Bus

“Danny will increase available temporary accommodation for homeless folk during this very cold time of year. The refurbishment of Danny has only been made possible due to a number of amazing people and it will be gratifying to all those involved to know that Danny is fully utilised as a warm and safe haven for our local street community, some of whom could be former service personnel who have fought for our country.”

Director of Crawley Open House, Charlie Arratoon, said:

“Crawley Open House is delighted to be working in partnership with CBC and The Danny Gallivan Trust to provide cold weather provision in addition to the permanent services we provide.

“We are committed to assisting people off of the streets and into accommodation all year round but the winter months are particularly challenging and having a fixed solution when needed makes helping people in the greatest need more possible.” 

Cold weather provision can be accessed through Crawley Open House during day centre hours, between 10am and 2pm or by calling 01293 447702.

For more information about the Danny Gallivan Trust, visit www.dgtrust.org.uk or to find out more about Crawley Open House, visit www.crawleyopenhouse.co.uk

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‘no longer commercially viable’ – LloydsPharmacy to close in Tilgate, Crawley

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It could be seen as another victim of the High Street but this time it appears that local communities are now going to start to feel the bite of national chain closures.

McKesson UK, the owners of LloydsParmacy sent a statement outlining how they have been making commercial decisions buy and sell pharmacies.

In a statement the firm said that the decision was made due to an increase in financial pressures and also cited COVID-19 as one of the reasons.

It is not clear when the pharmacy will close although there is speculation it could happen as soon as October with rent leases not being renewed.

McKesson added that they aimed to either retain or redeploy staff as much as they could acoss other stores.

But as the shopping landscape continues to be devastated with closures, the impact of a vital local resource disappearing could affect residents harder than most.

A spokesperson for McKesson said:

“Good business practice requires us to regularly review our estate and make appropriate commercial decisions including buying and selling pharmacies. 

These decisions need to be made because of changing market dynamics and increasing financial pressures including the impact of COVID-19, business rates and changes to pharmacy funding.

We are proposing to close a small number of community pharmacies that are no longer commercially viable for us to operate and we are currently consulting with impacted colleagues about those changes. We always prioritise care of our colleagues through any change.

Where there are closures, our aim will be to retain and redeploy as many of our talented colleagues as possible to other vacancies that exist.”

Tilgate Cllr and Mayor of Crawley Francis Guidera said:

“We only found out this morning from a resident. I have spent much of today trying to found out if it was true and if it could be prevented.

It appears Lloyds have already made up their minds to the detriment of our community.

We can only hope that another pharmacy seizes the opportunity to take their place.”

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