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What Crawley Council buildings and services reopen today? The full list here

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With Crawley moving into tier 2 today (Wednesday 2 December), some Crawley Borough Council buildings will reopen.

The Town Hall will reopen for appointments only from 10am-4pm on Wednesday. To book an appointment visit crawley.gov.uk

The Hawth, K2 Crawley, The Bewbush Gym and Tilgate Nature Centre will all reopen on Wednesday.

Other facilities reopening on Wednesday are:

  • Tennis courts, multi-use games areas and outdoor gyms
  • The BMX track and skate park
  • All public toilets.

The Employ Crawley Youth Hub in the Town Hall will reopen on Monday 7 December. To arrange an appointment call 07814 903871 / 07909 730956 or email employcrawley@crawley.gov.uk

All council play areas will remain open although as resources for cleaning them are limited they are to be used at people’s own risk.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“While facilities are reopening, until mass vaccination has been completed Covid-19 remains a constant risk.

“To avoid another lockdown, please ensure you follow the rules, maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash your hands regularly.”

For up-to-date information visit www.crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus and follow Crawley Borough Council on Twitter (@crawleybc) and Facebook (@crawleycouncil).

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Crawley boy receives pioneering kit to help with his disabilities

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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 getsensorypacks.com.

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