Archive for March 3rd, 2011

Committee pushes for key adult social care decision deferral

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Committee pushes for key adult social care decision deferral

Proposals which could mean major changes to adult social care in West Sussex should be deferred, said a Committee on Tuesday (March 1).

The Adults’ Services Select Committee reviewed the consultation process and findings for the proposals, which could mean West Sussex County Council no longer provides for moderate level adult social care needs – focussing on substantial and critical level needs only.

Chairman Irene Richards said: “There is clearly a great strength of feeling around these proposals. While we understand the County Council has to find substantial savings, the Committee had many concerns around these proposals and the effects on social care users both now and in the future.

“As such, we agreed to recommend to the Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services that the proposed decision to change the eligibility criteria is delayed until work to commission prevention and wellbeing services is completed and properly funded.”

The Committee also reviewed the outcomes from the public consultation on the future of day services, looking at day activities and services in West Sussex and how they should look in the future.

Irene said: “We had a number of areas we picked up on to refer to the Cabinet Member to take into account when taking his decision. These were the voluntary sector’s ability to pick up and cope with the additional work the proposals would mean for them, the issue of transport, and the need to ensure that every person is looked at individually to ensure they receive day services which are appropriate to them and their age group.”

An update on the development of prevention and wellbeing services and the programme for implementation was also discussed by the Committee.

“The Committee had a number of concerns about this programme of work,” added Irene. “In particular around the insufficient representation and involvement of the voluntary sector in this work, whether the prevention and wellbeing services will be sufficiently community based and whether services will be ready in time particularly as they are vital to the success of the proposals on day activities and proposed changes to adult social care.”

All recommendations will now go to the Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services Peter Catchpole for his consideration.

A knock out event

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

The Crawley ABC Club held their annual Dinner & Boxing evening at the Effingham Park Hotel in February and what a knock out event it was.

Not only was the dinner superb and the company delightful but the club raised much needed funds for the club by auctioning off some great items such as:

Signed and framed –

  • Sugar Ray Leonard photo
  • Chelsea shirt
  • GB Olympic squad; Bejing 2008
  • Manchester United shirt
  • Photo of Amir Khan with the world title belt

and many more wonderful items.

The entertainment for the evening came in the form of bouts with members of the ABC against willing opponents. The ABC boxers for the evening were:

  • Ellis White – Wells Club
  • Dale Smith
  • Hayden Bulloch
  • Conor Wickens
  • Pauline Rowlands
  • Will Kear
  • Nikki Sims
  • Jon Snape
  • Brian Keveney
  • Ed Harrsdine
  • John Swift
  • Lee Illman
  • Angel Sabastion

We were invited to attend by the organisers Rees & Peter Hopcraft who we would like to thank for their hospitality. It was a brilliant evening and we had a wonderful time :-)

Watch out for the details of CABC’s Dinner and Boxing event in 2012.

Crawley MP Supports Crawley No Smoking Day

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

No Smoking Day (9th March) could be the day that smokers in Crawley decide it’s finally time to quit.  In its 28th year, No Smoking Day is encouraging smokers to give up smoking, save thousands of pounds and take the opportunity to find out how they can get help and support.

Local MP Henry Smith is supporting this year’s No Smoking Day campaign and will be supporting events Crawley.   Thousands of No Smoking Day events will be taking place all over the UK. There will be interactive stalls, an abseil, poster displays, a sack race and even a flash mob.  Stop smoking services, fire and rescue services, local councils, supermarkets, local football clubs and many more, will be out and about to help and support smokers who are ready to call it quits.

Henry said, “Smokers can make No Smoking Day the official day that they stop smoking and they don’t have to do it alone. Help and advice is at hand and if they get the support of their local stop smoking service they can increase their chances of success by up to four times.

We have some of the highest smoking rates in Crawley, with a Department of Health report showing last year that nearly a third of Crawley adult residents are smokers, which is above the national average.

I would encourage smokers to give it a go.  You may not notice the benefits straight away but you will start to be able to breathe easier, have more energy and it will make a big difference to their pocket – saving those who smoke 10 a day up to £2,000 a year.”

Dragons’ Den star and entrepreneur, Duncan Bannatyne, who is the No Smoking Day President, said, “Quitting smoking isn’t always easy. Most of the nine million UK smokers say they’d like to quit, and many have tried to stop several times over the last year.

“If you’ve tried and failed a few times, it’s easy to give up hope. But you’ll find few ex-smokers that quit the habit on their first attempt. So pick yourself up, dust yourself down and believe that this time you really can do it!”

Follow Henry daily on Facebook by visiting: www.facebook.com/henrysmithm

For more information on how to quit go to  www.wequit.co.uk

‘Cosmic’ wins this year’s West Sussex Children’s Book Award

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

‘Cosmic’ wins this year’s West Sussex Children’s Book Award

Author Frank Cottrell Boyce must feel ‘out of this world’ at winning the West Sussex Children’s Book Award 2010/2011, with his book ‘Cosmic’.

The world famous writer, whose previous children’s books include ‘Millions’ and ‘Framed’, was named as the winner of the award today (Thursday March 3), which is also World Book Day.

The story is set around Liam, an unusually tall 12-year-old boy, whose favourite word is ‘cosmic’.

Much to his amazement, Liam wins a ‘Best Dad’ contest and finds himself training to be an astronaut for a rocket trip to the moon, accompanied by a celebrity-obsessed classmate posing as his daughter. It’s a fast-moving funny book for all ages.

It took 750 pupils from 75 West Sussex schools, who have been involved in the Book Award project since last September, to decide the winner from nine shortlisted books.

The Award, now in its ninth year, is a partnership between the Schools Library Service, County Library Service, and the learning department of Adults and Children’s Services.

Deborah Urquhart, County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for Libraries, said: “Cosmic gives a great insight into the responsibilities of fatherhood, and with the author being a father of seven, he had much experience to bring to the book.

“It has already received much national accolade, including being shortlisted for Blue Peter’s ‘Book I couldn’t put down Award’, the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize and the Carnegie Medal.

“West Sussex Children’s Book Award encourages year six primary school children and year seven secondary school pupils to join together and discuss some of the best fiction for young people.”

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

Albourne CE Primary

All Saints CE Primary School, Horsham

Arunside Primary, Horsham

Ashurst Wood Primary

Bewbush Primary, Crawley

Birchwood Grove Primary, Burgess Hill

Bishop Tufnell CE Junior, Felpham

Blackthorns Primary, Lindfield

Blackwell Primary, East Grinstead

Bognor Regis Community College

Castlewood Primary, Southwater

Chatsmore Catholic High, Worthing

Chichester High School For Boys

Chichester High School For Girls

Desmond Anderson Primary School

Downlands Community School, Hassocks

Downview Primary, Felpham

East Wittering Primary

Edward Bryant Primary, Bognor Regis

English Martyrs Catholic Primary, Worthing

Escots Primary, East Grinstead

Felpham Community College

Georgian Gardens Primary, Rustington

Gossops Green Primary, Crawley

Hazelwick School, Crawley

Hilltop Primary School, Crawley

Holy Trinity CE Secondary School, Crawley

Jolesfield CE Primary

Kingsham Primary, Chichester

Kingslea Primary, Horsham

Laburnum Grove Junior, Bognor Regis

Lavant Primary

Leechpool Primary, Horsham

Lindfield Primary

London Mead Primary, Burgess Hill

Manor Field Primary, Burgess Hill

Michael Ayres Junior, Bognor Regis

Millais School, Horsham

Milton Mount Primary, Crawley

North Heath Primary, Horsham

North Mundham Primary School

Northgate Primary, Crawley

Northlands Wood Primary, Haywards Heath

Nyewood Junior, Bognor Regis

Oakmeeds Community College, Burgess Hill

Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath

Parklands Primary, Chichester

Portfield Primary, Chichester

Pound Hill Junior, Crawley

Rose Green Junior, Bognor Regis

Sackville School, East Grinstead

Seymour Primary School, Crawley

Sheddingdean Primary, Burgess Hill

Sidlesham Primary

South Bersted CE Primary, Bognor Regis

Southgate Primary School, Crawley

St Andrew’s CE Primary, Steyning

St John The Baptist CE Primary, Findon

St John’s Catholic Primary, Horsham

St Lawrence CE Primary, Hurstpierpoint

St Margaret’s CE Primary, Angmering

St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Worthing

St Peter’s CE Primary, Henfield

Steyning Grammar School

Tanbridge House School, Horsham

Tangmere Primary

The Angmering School

The Meads Primary, East Grinstead

The Oaks Primary, Crawley

Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley

Three Bridges Junior, Crawley

Upper Beeding Primary

Warnham CE Primary

Waterfield Primary, Crawley

Windmills Junior School, Hassocks