Cruelly abandoned

I am writing this letter to all my fellow ‘discarded’ service users who used to attend Maidenbower Day Care Centre. In order for us to meet again and regroup I need to have everyone’s details. If I haven’t already got your telephone number, email or address please write to me via Crawley Older Persons Forum, Crawley Voluntary Services, 1-2 Gleneagles Court, Brighton Road, Crawley, RH10 6 AD. I need to know how many of you want to still meet on a regular basis.

I am sure that all the churches that are on my Heaven on Earth project list are already thinking of ways they can help these Crawley disabled residents that now find themselves isolated in our community.

I am throwing out a tiny seed to all those churches and hoping that some will pick it up an help it grow.

These people now need help from the ‘Big Society’. Are you a member?

Crawley Baptist Church is definitely showing others the way and have already offered a room to the Action Group, which is a self-help group for adults with learning difficulties that want to be part of Crawley’s society in a positive way. The Action Group helps others to achieve confidence and produces informative videos each year that are shown at the Arora Hotel.

This year they produced a video called Charlotte’s Journey with the help of Metrobus who, after several meetings with the group, improved many aspects of their service to help Crawley’s disabled and elderly residents to use their buses more safely.

More than 200 people attended this presentation including the Mayor, Henry Smith MP and Cllr Chris Oxlade. Next year they have plans to work with local PCSOs to produce a film about bullying in the community.

Let’s make 2012 the year that Crawley led the way in helping to care for those that our Government have cruelly abandoned.

Will these disabled people become unwanted and abandoned in Crawley? Not in my name.

Vanessa Kirby, Bewbush