Archive for January 10th, 2011

Healthy living programme kick-starts New Year for Crawley families

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Healthy living programme kick-starts New Year for Crawley families

Crawley children can kick-start a fitter, healthier, happier 2011 with a free fun and healthy lifestyle club starting this month.

MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it!) is open to children who are above a healthy weight and their families; helping them to learn how to eat more healthily and getting youngsters involved in regular fun sessions of physical activity.

Matt Laird, MEND’s Programme Manager for Crawley, says: “Attending MEND is a great way to kick-start a fitter, healthier and happier year for the whole family. MEND makes a real difference to children’s lives. Through encouraging them to be more active and choose healthier options – kids lose weight while their confidence increases.

“It’s a fun, free way for families to improve their health and fitness. I would recommend it to any parent in Crawley who is concerned about their child’s weight and would like them to have a healthier start to 2011.”

As a way to tackle childhood obesity locally, NHS West Sussex and Crawley Wellbeing is providing MEND free of charge to families in Crawley

MEND has helped over 20,000 families become fitter, healthier and happier and is aimed at children aged seven to 13 who are above a healthy weight. It consists of two hourly after-school sessions twice a week for ten weeks. Each session includes a one hour interactive workshop for children and parents and a one hour fun physical activity session for the kids while parents have a discussion around health.

MEND’s 10-week healthy living course will take place at Thomas Bennett School, and is due to start on 24/1/11.

If you think your child is above a healthy weight and you would like to register for a place on MEND’s fun, free, healthy lifestyle course, call 01293 585350 or visit

Maternity and stroke services on agenda for scrutiny

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Maternity and stroke services on agenda for scrutiny

Maternity and stroke services in West Sussex will be reviewed by the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee next week (Thursday January 20).

The meeting takes place in County Hall, West Street, Chichester, at 10.30am. The public are welcome to attend to observe.

The Committee will be reviewing maternity services with a focus on what choices are available to women and their families in West Sussex.

Representatives from the local health trusts and heads of midwifery will be at the meeting to outline how services are being developed, and to highlight challenges and pressures facing maternity services.

NHS West Sussex will also be presenting an update on stroke services to the Committee, with the latest data on people having strokes in the county and how their treatment has been improving.

Committee Chairman Christine Field said: “The Committee last reviewed stroke services in September 2009 and we identified a number of key areas we wanted to monitor including equality of access to services across West Sussex.

“There has been significant improvement in services over the past year, but our concern is still making sure all residents have access to the best treatment.”

The Committee will also receive an update on Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust proposals to change services at Worthing and Southlands Hospitals and will be asked to comment on the proposed public consultation process.

Road To Crawley Social History Project – NEEDS YOU!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Road To Crawley project began in July 2008 and since then Crawley Community Arts has collected many personal histories from Crawley residents. The aim of the project is to ensure that the information in Crawley’s archive is inclusive and represents the history of the town’s diverse communities.

Audio recordings are being made of people’s personal stories, shared experiences and the reasons why they settled in Crawley, and examples of previous work with the pre-new town residents and the Diego Garcian community can be viewed at Crawley Library and Crawley Museum. Now the project is moving on and as of this month will be exploring the stories of the African and Caribbean and the South Asian Communities – this is where you can help.

It takes courage to build a life in another country. If you are from the African and Caribbean community or the South Asian community in Crawley and would like to share the story of your journey to the town then The Road to Crawley team would love to hear from you.

On Wednesday 19 January there will be a presentation about the project including examples of the work so far, in The Hawth Elgar Room from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Anyone interested in taking part in the project who would like to find out more is welcome to come along, meet the team, bring along any old photographs or items from their journey to Crawley or just ask any questions.

Carolyn Murphy, project leader said ‘This is a very relaxed project and those that have participated so far have found the discussions and sharing of experiences very enjoyable.’

If you would like to come along on Wednesday 19th January please contact Carolyn Murphy on 01293 438152/ or Marilyn Le Feuvre on 01293 438109/

Anyone who cannot attend the presentation can call to arrange another meeting