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End of an era as Hospital Radio Crawley announces its closure

The station will broadcast its final show on Sunday 8th September.

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Announcing the closure on their Facebook page, the acting chair of Hospital Radio Crawley outlined the sad decision had been made to shut down the station.

Beginning life in the early 70’s the station offered music, news and chat to patients and staff within the hospital.

Over the years they have also raised thousands of pounds for charity and run events for the town.

Despite the station launching on the internet the hospital owners have not appeared to have invested in the technology to allow streaming to the patients and staff.

In addition, with the change of service the hospital offered the dedicated listeners deminished making the terms of the service almost unachieveable.

The acting chair also says:

” higher running costs also took their toll, to a point where it sadly becomes impractical to continue”

Hospital radio has always been the starting block for many DJ’s but as times change, as technology grows and as listener habits continually adapt it us unlikely that this will be the last of these stalwarts to bite the dust across the country.

While other stations have come and gone over the decades Hospital radio managed to continue and the news of its closure will tug at the heart strings of many leaving the town without any station at all.

But with community stations either side of the town there is still hope that a local service will filter its way to Crawley.

A 30 hour marathon broadcast in conjuction with St Catherines Hospice is set for the station before their final show.

You can read the stations full statement here.

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Police Commissioner partners with Crimestoppers creating new Youth Outreach Jobs

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As part of the Serious Violence Strategy, in April of this year the Home Office allocated £1.3m to Sussex Police to target serious violence. £390k of this funding has now been allocated to Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne’s office to expand her REBOOT programme.

For the first time in Sussex, the Police, NHS Partnership Trust, Youth Offending Service and local charities are now working together to provide a referral pathway for young people who show early indicators of serious violence.

In just three months there have been over 200 referrals. As part of this expansion, the PCC is partnering with the Crimestoppers charity under their ‘Fearless’ youth brand.

Their work is focused on helping young people make informed decisions about reporting crime.

They are now able to recruit three Fearless Outreach Workers who will engage with 11-16-year olds, from across Sussex, to increase their awareness of knife crime, street crime and child sexualexploitation.

Glenys Balchin, Surrey and Sussex Regional Manager for the charity Crimestoppers, said:

“We have a really important message: we don’t want any young person to live with, or be in fear of crime. So, we provide awareness workshops and the ability to report crime anonymously. 

Fearless is recruiting three full time outreach workers to deliver this message to young people across Sussex. This would not be possible without the support from Mrs Bourne who shares in our commitment to educate young people to make informed decisions that have positive outcomes.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, said:

“Too often vulnerable young people become prime targets for organised crime groups. As a result, knife crime, drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour are starting to increase. We cannot arrest our way out of this societal issue.

We must instead: educate young people on the seriousness of these crimes; teach them how to spot the warning signs of potentially dangerous situations; and arm them with the confidence to report crime.“I’m pleased that the programme is expanding already and working with successful crime prevention partners like Crimestoppers charity to support these messages across Sussex. If you have a background of working with young people I encourage you to apply for one of these unique and impactful roles.”

Here is the role description from the Crimestoppers website: Working 37.5 hours per week, you will work with young people in a variety of settings including schools and youth groups delivering age-appropriate workshops.  So, we are looking for people who are dynamic, passionate and have a natural ability to engage with young people.

Alongside this you will contribute to our professionals training – we’ve already trained 2,000 professionals to deliver the Fearless message to the young people that they work with, and we want to expand this effort across Sussex.

For more information, or to apply please email your CV and covering letter to recruitment@crimestoppers-uk.org  or contact 0208 835 3700.

Crimestoppers encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply. Applications close: 18th July 2019.

More information on the role can be found on the Crimestoppers website here: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/about-the-charity/work-with-us/current-vacancies

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