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Crawley’s Bewbush Youth Centre Looking to the Future



Bewbush Youth Centre is looking to increase youth sessions for young people in Bewbush, with strict social distancing and protection measures in place.

Bewbush & Ifield West County Councillor, Cllr Chris Oxlade along with the Mayor of Crawley, Francis Guidera, met with Crawley Community Youth Service Leader, Laura Carter and Youth Worker Billy Lewis to talk about how the centre has been coping during the pandemic.

Cllr Chris Oxlade said:

“The team at Bewbush Youth Centre provide a range of sessions for young people in Bewbush, but due to the pandemic and social distancing, they’ve been forced to move sessions to Dormans in Gossops Green, with Youth Worker Alys Guntley setting up a walking bus from Bewbush to Gossops Green to ensure any young person who wishes to come to the sessions is able to.

The team are reintroducing 1-2-1 sessions like cooking in the very near future. The work at Bewbush Youth Centre by Crawley Community Youth Service is a vital service for many young people in the area.”

Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Francis Guidera said;

“I am pleased to have been able to meet and catch up with Laura and Billy from CCYS along with Councillor Chris Oxlade today. The work the CCYS does is so important to the young people of our town, even more so now.”


Crawley boy receives pioneering kit to help with his disabilities



Eleven-year-old Theakston Lee-Watson is among the first recipients of innovative new equipment to provide disabled children with sensory activities in their own home.

Theakston, from Crawley in Sussex, received the equipment from Caudwell Children as part of a UK-first charity campaign to deliver sensory equipment and support to disabled children across the country.

The sensory pack will provide a range of therapeutic benefits for Theakston, who has autism and sensory processing disorder, helping him regulate his emotions and develop his motor skills. 

Theakston’s mum, Kitty Lee-Watson, has already noticed the benefits the equipment brings.

Kitty said:

“He has a lot of anxiety at the moment, I now have the sensory pack out on his bedroom floor so when he has a meltdown it’s easy to guide him to something or distract him. This has been a real help.

“Theakston’s favourite part of the Get Sensory pack is the Fibre Optic Light as it’s both visual and tactile. He likes touching the fibres.”

Caudwell Children has pledged to provide thousands of families with essential sensory equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic – with each family receiving a pack of appropriate and safe toys to support children living with a wide range of disabilities. 

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said:

“Our Get Sensory Packs are designed to support children who are likely to benefit from sensory resources – it’s so encouraging to hear that Theakston is enjoying using the equipment and his family can see the benefits already.”

“We’ve committed to provide thousands of families with a pack, because we know it’s difficult to access resources at the moment.

“To deliver on that we’re now calling for anyone who can to make a difference to the life of a disabled child by donating to our Get Sensory Packs campaign – you can make a life-changing difference from just £5.”

Caudwell Children launched its Get Sensory Packs campaign following consultation with parents to find the most appropriate and safe sensory items – selected by the charity’s Occupational Therapists.

The packs include:

  • A Liquid Cell Timer,
  • Scented Bubbles,
  • A BoBo Massager,
  • Sissle Brush,
  • 4 Ball Massager,
  • Weighted Cushion,
  • Spikey Domes,
  • Space Blanket, and
  • A Fibre Optic Lamp.

Packs are available to children who have a confirmed disability or chronic illness. Families can apply directly to Caudwell Children for support, with the charity providing 80% of the cost of each pack.

Families will be asked to contribute 20% of the cost, which is £20, and to confirm their financial status and their child’s diagnosis. More information is available at

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