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Springboard Crawley in danger of closure after reports council increases rent by 30%

The Langley Green site may have to close if the rent increase happens.

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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.

More News: Springboard are not closing because we were increasing the rent – say Leader of Crawley Council

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:

With so many questions to be answered Crawley Borough Council has been approached for comment.

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Council asks you to help improve the lives of those living with dementia

More than 30,000 people in West Sussex are Dementia Friends, and West Sussex County Council is encouraging all of its staff and residents to join the programme.

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The focus comes in support of Dementia Action Week, which is running from 20-26 May 2019.

Dementia is rapidly becoming the defining health issue of our time, with the numbers of people living with the condition increasing and no treatment to prevent or cure the underlying diseases. However we believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. 

Over the duration of the week, a range of events, such as Memory Cafes and ‘Ask the Expert’ will be taking place across the county, aimed to raise awareness of the matter and share information. 

As part of these events, Human Story Theatre is presenting Connie’s Colander across various West Sussex libraries. A drama intertwining a mother and daughter’s journey with dementia, tickets to the stripped-back, intimate show are free and can be booked via Eventbrite. The drama is crammed with all emotions and lots of laughs, alongside an informal Q&A session, facilitated by the two actors and local dementia specialists.

Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“Dementia affects each person differently. Therefore it is really important that we understand how to recognise when someone is living with the condition.

“I cannot emphasise the importance of becoming a Dementia Friend enough. None of us are immune to the disease, so it is vital that we help to make a difference and continue to reduce the stigma surrounding it.”  

Around 14,000 people are estimated to have dementia in West Sussex and that figure is expected to reach 18,000 over the next six years.

More advice on dementia, as well as information on the upcoming events, can be found at www.westsussex.gov.uk/daw19.

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