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Members of the voluntary and commercial sectors got together to find out how businesses could offer assistance to the town’s charity groups.

The event, which was the brainchild of Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex Susan Pyper, was held at the Civic Hall last Tuesday (April 23).

jpco-1-5-13 Susan Piper hosted a  Voluntary sector event at the Civic Hall (Pic by Jon Rigby)

jpco-1-5-13 Susan Piper hosted a Voluntary sector event at the Civic Hall (Pic by Jon Rigby)

It was the second of its kind and followed a similar get together which was held in Worthing last year.

The purpose of the meeting was to help develop contacts between the voluntary sector and local business and public services to establish areas of possible support.

Some 80 representatives of the public, business and voluntary sectors attended.

Speaking before the meeting, Mrs Pyer said: “When I took office four and a half years ago, I thought there must be a way we can bring together the commercial sector, the public sector and the voluntary sector to share the skills and expertise that each other has.

“I’m not asking money from anyone, it’s really just to try to find those trustees that some commercial companies might be hiding or use the skills of the people working in the commercial sector to help with the financial aspects – perhaps to offer up premises.

“That’s the idea, very simple, and if we have one tiny bit of success it will make such a difference to the voluntary sector.”

A spokesman for Mrs Pyper’s office added: “Among the positive outcomes were: the offer of accommodation for meetings/ training, the provision of trustees, expertise in writing funding bids, IT and media support, assistance with servicing vehicles, welfare advice and mentoring.”

Chris Cheshire, chair of the Crawley Town Access group (TAG), was pleased with the outcome of the meeting.

She said: “It’s too soon to speculate what the outcome will be but there were signs of budding partnerships and offers.

“We will now go through a brokerage process to see what offers we have and who we can match together.

“We would love to set the ball rolling for this to be an ongoing initiative.”