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Times are tough at the moment, really tough. We understand that you might be feeling a little helpless. By donating the cash you’d normally spend on your journey to work, or filling up the motor, to a charity in need, you can support those who care for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Follow individual links for information on how to donate!

Giving Back Crawley

A small local charity that serves the homeless community in Crawley and are entirely run by volunteers. Their primary focus is rough sleepers/street homeless, closely followed by hidden homeless and those in temporary accommodation. They serve guests with a free meal and give them some of the essential items they need to get by, and also recommend other organisations that can help with specific challenges.

Read more information about their current activity here

St. Catherine's Hospice

As your local hospice, we need your help now more than ever. We’re proud to help people in our community through the most difficult of times and we’re doing all we can to make sure we’re still able to care for patients and their families on our wards and in the community.

But we can only continue to do this with your support.

We’ve already seen a severe impact on our fundraising and a sharp drop in sales from our charity shops. That’s why we need your help urgently today.

Please donate whatever you can afford to keep St Catherine’s Hospice going through this most difficult and uncertain time. We need you now more than ever.

Our supporter care team is waiting for your call on 01293 447361 or you can donate quickly and easily online here.

We’re all experiencing challenges we never expected to face, and we’re conscious that you may have your own difficulties at the moment so we’re particularly grateful for anything you’re able to donate.

Thank you so much for being there for your local hospice and helping us to continue to be there for your community – your family, friends and neighbours.

Crawley Open House

Crawley Open House has served the homeless and vulnerable of Crawley and West Sussex for 25 years. Today we run a 26 bed high-support hostel, busy drop-in day centre open 365 days a year, 3 move-on properties and a community outreach team.

The average length of stay in the hostel is 6 weeks, and in that time residents are offered masses of help to try and deal with the issues which made them homeless in the first place. Over 60% of hostel residents resettle to somewhere more permanent.

Last year there were over 16,000 visits to our day centre. People come for a shower, to get a hot meal, to get some laundry done, to use the computer or to see our advice teams, hairdresser, counsellors or GP. Some come just to be somewhere warm and welcoming, and to enjoy the company of others.

There is no ‘official’ food bank in Crawley, and every day we give out food parcels to those in food crisis.

We are a registered UK charity, and we rely heavily on the generosity of local companies, places of worship, schools, Trusts, organisations and individuals.

The things we need at any particular time vary a bit – see our website, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn or Facebook pages for up to date details. However we ALWAYS need long life milk, sugar, tinned fish and meat and new socks/underwear.

Olive Tree Cancer Support Group

For nearly 30 years the Olive Tree Cancer Support Group has been providing a wide range of much appreciated support services to local people affected by cancer.  We aim to encourage cancer patients and their support network to be proactive in their wellbeing.

We support people affected by cancer, through the provision of suitable information and complimentary therapies.  Accessible and accurate information is an important requirement for the quality of life, the right information at the right time can answer questions, reduce anxiety, help with confidence, decision making and avoid confusion.

People affected by cancer require information at different stages, the Olive Tree will try to allow people to gain information at their own pace whilst trying to remove the “where to look”.  As a metaphor, we are the ‘corner shop’, there whenever we are needed!

View our website, or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

West Sussex Mediation Service

We provide a wide range of mediation services to those suffering conflicts in their lives, throughout Crawley and beyond. Most are free at the point of delivery.

We specialise in resolving neighbour disputes and conflicts within families. We help change lives for the better. We use fully trained volunteer mediators working in pairs.

Our work continues during the pandemic through phone and video conferencing. Our earned income has reduced significantly due to the lockdown so any support you can give will help us survive.

We won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2019.

Visit wsms.org.uk or follow us on our social media channels: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Sussex Wildlife Trust

Firstly we would like to say a big thank you to all our supporters who are keyworkers or finding new ways to support customers and communities during this crisis.

Sussex Wildlife Trust is the largest nature conservation organisation protecting the wildlife and countryside of Sussex. Our work involves looking after prime woodland, heathland and meadow habitat on 32 nature reserves. We also put on an extensive programme of courses and community events for all ages to help people learn about and enjoy the wildlife in Sussex. Our schools outreach programme, family events and forest schools are all aimed at connecting children with nature to promote a life-long love of wildlife.

We are currently following government advice on COVID-19 and have stopped many of our activities but we recognise that it’s so important not to lose our connection with nature, and the health and wellbeing benefits it provides. Sussex Wildlife Trust has produced some easy ways to help you and your family maintain this connection with wildlife during these difficult times. Take a break and read Michael Blencowe’s entertaining daily wildlife diary, Take part in the Back  Garden Bird Race, or get creative with one of our Wildlife Watch activities. Whether you’ve got five minutes or an hour, or you need an activity to entertain the kids there’s plenty of ways you can bring a little wildlife into your day. Visit sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/gowildathome

We would love to see how you are staying connected with nature, and hear how this is benefiting you during this time. We encourage everyone to share their stories on our social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

Cruse Bereavement Care

Cruse West Sussex Area offers support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies, and seeks to enhance society’s care of bereaved people. We aim to help people understand their grief, cope with their loss and ensure they have somewhere to turn when they are in need. Cruse provides a safe place and a supportive relationship to explore difficult emotions and to help prevent the escalation of more serious mental health issues associated with loss such as depression and anxiety. We offer face-to-face bereavement support, telephone support, hold information evenings and drop in support services. Our bereavement volunteers are trained on our Awareness in Bereavement Care Courses and provided with regular vital clinical supervision ensuring they themselves are supported throughout the process.

With COVID-19 our services are needed more than ever, but our face-to-face support is no longer safe to provide. Instead, we are offering telephone support to our clients. We are seeking financial help to allow us to continue to deliver this vital support, to train new volunteers and be available to those who need us. We hope to begin our face-to-face sessions later in the year when restrictions have eased.

Visit www.cruse.org.uk or follow us on Facebook

West Sussex & Surrey Angling Academy

Using the gentle art of fishing, to help improve the health and wellbeing of young/adult people with mental health problems (ADHD etc), schools, isolation, care homes, ex-offenders, elderly, injured servicemen/women & families, disabled, profoundly disabled and general public.

There are courses to suit all from 1 day to 36 weeks.

Please contact the Academy for further details.

Visit www.wsangling.com or follow us on our social media channels: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Pinterest | YouTube

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