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Interested in volunteering? Citizens Advice Crawley is holding a free event for you

The team at Citizens Advice Crawley is holding a special event for people to find out about volunteering for the service, and the huge impact you could make to local people.

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They are inviting people to meet volunteers and staff for a presentation, taking place at The Orchard, Brighton Road, on Thursday May 9th, at 10am. You will be able to find out what volunteering for Citizens Advice involves, all about training and support, and much more. You can even choose to be interviewed for a role after the presentation.

Volunteers and staff at Citizens Advice Crawley helped more than 3,200 local people from April 2017-March 2018. The advice and support they give to people – on issues such as benefits, including Universal Credit and disability benefits, debt, housing, employment and much more – is invaluable.

Kim Holborn, Volunteer Recruitment Team Leader, said:

‘Volunteering for us makes an enormous difference to local people and to the community. Our volunteers tell us that, as well as gaining skills and experience, it helps keep them mentally active, and enables them to make some wonderful new friends. We’re looking forward to meeting potential volunteers at our event and encourage anyone interested to come along and ask questions!’

The charity is asking people to register for the free event; please visit www.advicewestsussex.org.uk and click ‘volunteer’.

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Leave your cars at home on June 20th urges Crawley Council

Crawley Borough Council is urging residents to support Clean Air Day and leave their cars at home on 20 June.

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Clean Air Day is an annual event that aims to encourage people across the country to choose a sustainable mode of travel and help reduce air pollution.

This year, the council is supporting the Sustainable Transport eVent on 19 June, to help local businesses discover opportunities to play their part in making Crawley air cleaner. The event will show companies how staff can take up different commuting options to reduce the number of cars on the road with only one person. There will also be showcases for electric vehicles and other sustainable working practices which can all help to reduce air pollution.

Air quality will also feature at the next annual Junior Citizen event, with the aim of supporting the next generation to walk, cycle, scoot and take public transport to help reduce pollution and keep fit and healthy.

For local residents, there are plenty of ways to reduce air pollution, both inside your home and outside:

  • Walk, cycle, scoot or run! In a car, you’re exposed to 10 times more pollution than as a pedestrian. This is because car exhaust fumes from the car in front gets sucked into the car, with air filters having little effect, meaning you breathe in lots more pollution
  • Air pollution is more concentrated around busier roads. Walking through parks or quieter pedestrianised areas can significantly reduce the amount of pollution you are exposed to and make a nicer journey
  • Regularly service your boiler; this will ensure fuel is burnt cleanly and prevent carbon dioxide from building up
  • Choose low-or no-chemical cleaning, DIY and personal care products, fragrance free cleaning products, roll on deodorants and “low VOC” paint products alternatives

Cabinet member for Environmental Services and Sustainability, Councillor Geraint Thomas, said:

“Air pollution is a big health and environmental issue, but there are things that we can all do to make ourselves and others safer and healthier. Whether you leave the car at home once or twice a week, switch to an electric vehicle or public transport or make changes to the products you use, it all makes a difference.

“It’s important that we tackle the issue of air pollution together on Clean Air Day, so we can breathe cleaner air in the future.”

The Sustainable Transport eVent on 19 June is part of the Sussex ECO Grant Scheme which also offers financial assistance for businesses working towards energy saving schemes.

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