Delight as town community groups get £1k cash boost

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Crawley Borough Council has awarded grants totalling £1,100 to two community groups.

The council has awarded £600 to The As You Are Centre, a charity which supports families affected by suicide with low cost counselling and psychological support.

The money will pay for a six-week suicide bereavement support pilot scheme in Crawley.

Nicky Hitchcock, service manager of As You Are, said: “Thanks for the council’s support. We are very excited to be able to reach out to and support Crawley residents.”

The council has also given £500 to The Works @ Dormans, a new group based in Gossops Green providing socialising, sports and activities for adults with learning disabilities.

The grant will pay for equipment for the group, which meets every Friday from 7pm-9pm night at Dormans Youth Arts Centre. Over 18s are welcome and entry costs £2.50 – support workers or family get in free.

Activities include cricket, football, pool, dance, music and DJs, computers and gaming, nights out, community projects and food.

Mo Hussain, chairman of The Works @ Dormans, said: “This grant really helps us to get started with the equipment we need for the sport, cooking, arts and crafts.”

Cllr Chris Oxlade, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “The council’s community grants scheme provides support to essential local groups and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help fund these new activities.

“As You Are do great work in the south of Sussex so it’s great that we’re able to help them bring their services to Crawley. And new equipment for The Works @ Dormans will add to the activities they offer.”

The council awards grants to not-for-profit voluntary groups and community organisations to help them with the costs of providing new or existing community services.

More information and application forms are also available online at www.crawley.gov.uk/grants