helping the homeless and disadvantaged







Crawley Open House provides support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion.


Our support is available to anyone in need.








Thank you again to the Lyons family for their continued support in memory of their son Josh. Pictured above is Jodie handing over a very generous donation to Charlie Arratoon our Director.


Also in the picture are the lockers which were funded from a donation that the family had made before. We continue to be enormously grateful for their hard work and kindness in raising funds to support us in helping the homeless and disadvantaged.






Crawley Open 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 income;

  • 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 please click here.




What changes have been made?
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 person’s 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.















We are looking to find a volunteer to lead our art class between 10am and 2pm on Wednesdays.


If you would to know more then please contact Sarah on (01293) 447711.







The partners taken at the bottom of Scafell Pike, with the Partners from left to right being: Simon Linley, James Peach, Jennifer Williamson, Nigel Fright, Mike Dyer, Michael Cook and Richard Heasman  .


Reeves, one of the South East’s leading Accountancy and Financial Service firms with an office in Crawley, is delighted to announce that a group of Partners have successfully completed the Three Peaks Challenge and raised in excess of £5,000, climbing the UK’s highest mountains in aid of each of the firm’s four nominated charities for 2014.

The team of eight Partners from across the firm, led by Managing Partner Nigel Fright, included Tim Maakestad, Mike Dyer, Jennifer Williamson, Richard Heasman, Michael Cook, Simon Linley and James Peach.

The Reeves Partners battled against the elements, across day and night, climbed around ten thousand feet and walked almost 26 miles to conquer the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.  This involved scaling the formidable Ben Nevis, Scotland on day one, completing Scafell Pike in the Lake District overnight, to finish at the steep slopes of Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. 

Nigel Fright, Reeves Managing Partner said, “This Challenge really pushed our levels of fitness and fortitude to the limit and put the preceding months of training and preparation to the test.  Making the commitment to train together around our busy work schedules helped us to understand the team’s strengths and weaknesses, which enabled us to work so well together when things got tough.  Climbing Snowdon totally in the dark up and down with strong mist and only four feet visibility is a fond memory for us all now”.

The local office charities to benefit from the completion of the Challenge are; Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice, St Luke’s Centre, and Crawley Open House. 

Nigel commented, “We are incredibly proud to have participated in this Challenge for the Firm’s four chosen charities and so thankful to all who have sponsored the Reeves team in the pursuit of raising funds for these important causes that make such positive differences within the Reeves office communities.  Reeves contribute significantly in fundraising throughout the year in various activities and time commitment support.  The Firm will extend this level of commitment into the next five years of our CSR programme”.

There is still time left to donate, please follow the link to the team’s JustGiving page: