LOCAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK
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
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.