The community based charity that provides play and leisure opportunities for families with young children as well as short breaks for children and teenagers with disabilities may be forced to leave its current location.
Reports, if correct, say the charity is being asked to pay a 30% increase on the rent taking it from £20k to £26k, an amount the charity says it cannot afford.
According to an insider the charity has tried to speak to the council about the increase but found them very unresponsive.
It is thought that if they are forced to close the Langley Green site then the charity would look to continue a Crawley service by hiring halls and rooms around the town.
Another concern comes from the fact that West Sussex Council paid for the charity to have a accessible chair lift fitted into the building leaving questions as to what would happen to it if they are forced to leave.
Some of the reports say that the council is looking for commercial rent for the premises, but in-fact the end-of-terrace house is more akin to a residential offer than commercial.
Crawley MP Henry Smith tweeted:
I am very disappointed with #Crawley Borough Council for raising their rents and so forcing The Springboard Project family support charity to soon close its Langley Green centre. Parents and children with special needs should be supported not ignored by the Town Hall as landlord.
— Henry Smith MP 🇬🇧 (@HenrySmithUK) November 12, 2018
With so many questions to be answered Crawley Borough Council has been approached for comment.
Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award
Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.
Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.
The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.
Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.
“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”
says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.
“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”
Neurokinex www.neurokinex.org is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.
The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.
Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.
This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.
“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.
“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”