Thank you to all of
the wonderful and very generous people, families and groups that have
helped to make Christmas here a special time for everyone. The level of
support and donation has been extraordinary and we are very, very
Thank you too, to
the volunteers who gave their time over the
Christmas period. We
couldn't have done it without you.
House is proud to be a part of the Local Assistance
Network which is helping people in crisis situations. We are in the
position to be able to offer assistance to adults,
couples or families where the youngest
child is of secondary school age
that have no other
way of getting assistance and:
live in Crawley;
are on benefits or a low
are facing an unforeseen
emergency or disaster that puts them or their family at risk of harm;
need help moving into or
remaining in the community;
can provide evidence of
who they are and why they need help.
We are able to offer
this support in our day centre, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
For details of other
members of the Local Assistance Network with the responsibility for
helping Crawley based families and people living outside of Crawley then
What changes have been
In April 2013 the Government changed the way it helps people in crisis
situations. Crisis Loans and Community Care Grants are no longer available
from Job Centre Plus.
West Sussex County Council have introduced a new scheme to support people in
West Sussex called the Local Assistance Network. It provides immediate
short-term aid to help protect a personís welfare by preventing a crisis.
The Local Assistance Network
West Sussex County Council are working with a large number of organisations who
can provide assistance to people who might previously have qualified for a
Crisis Loan or Community Care Grant.
The assistance covers a range of basic needs, in many cases from charitable
sources. Generally this will involve help to access appropriate goods or
services. While the types of goods and services may vary depending on which
organisation people contact, they all follow these key principles:
no cash or financial
assistance is provided;
no help is
available to meet housing costs or other debts; and
any assistance offered
is on a discretionary basis, meaning no one will be entitled to help.
The types of goods and
services that the Local Assistance Network can support people with includes
food from food-banks, furniture recycling schemes, or vouchers to get personal
and household goods such as nappies, cooking equipment, clothes or help with
transport and fuel costs.
If you do not live in West
Sussex then contact your local council to see how they can help you.