The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning on faults affecting certain models of defibrillators,

The Agency is advising individuals and organisations to check if they have the defibrillator models, LIFEPAK CR Plus and LIFEPAK EXPRESS Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), because an electrical fault with some of them may not deliver an electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The manufacturer of the affected devices, Physio-Control, has sent a safety alert to people with affected defibrillators, with instructions for action.

If people have these defibrillators and not received the manufacturer’s safety alert, they should locate the serial number on the label on the back of the device and call the manufacturer’s customer support or visit the Physio-Control website to see if the device is affected.

Further information is available from Physio-Control on tel: 0808 258 0094 or through the Physio-Control website.


In October 2015 HeartSafe was officially launched as a partnership initiative in the Horsham District, which aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates through making improvements across a number of key areas, including:

  • Raising awareness of the importance of good heart health,

  • Fundraising to establish more defibrillators across the district, and

  • Encouraging more community awareness and training in how to use this life-saving equipment.

Within the Horsham District, each year there are approximately 130 cardiac arrests (or two each week) when the heart stops beating or it goes into an irregular spasm, both of which are life threatening. It is a fact that if you suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital in the UK, you have less than a one in ten chance of surviving.

The HeartSafe programme recognises the importance of having a defibrillator close at hand in the community or accessible within a few minutes, as this can significantly improve an individual’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest.

Public access defibrillators (PADs) are often found in places like local shopping parades, gyms, train stations, village halls or in disused telephone kiosks. The briefcase-sized box on the wall contains the defibrillator which is there for anyone to use on another individual in cardiac arrest and is quick and easy to use.


Members of the HeartSafe steering group have undertaken a mapping exercise to establish the location of the known defibrillators across the district, both those which are publicly accessible and also others which may be held in a community setting. The map of these locations can be found using the following link: your nearest PAD site.






Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity sometimes receiving something in return like love, affection, money, drugs or alcohol.

Key Facts:

  • Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation
  • The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is everybody’s business
  • Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, gender or background

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE by encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, and children forming inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers.

What can you do to support National CSE Awareness Day?

  1. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #CSEDay16, #HelpingHands, #StandAgainstCSE. This will help raise awareness of CSE nationwide, reaching a network of friends, family and social group.
  2. Help raise awareness of Child Sexual Awareness by downloading free posters, web banners and logos from  Other resources can also be purchased from the online shop.
  3. Raise awareness of reporting channels: Via Sussex Police (quote Operation Kite), the free Missing People text/phone line 116000, or


Download print/web enabled logos and posters are available on the dedicated NWG Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day website here.

The National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has a wealth of information targeted specifically for professionals, parents and young people (of all ages) presented in an accessible format.  Think You Know is their latest campaign with information about how to stay safe when accessing websites, mobile and new technology. For more information go to

“Can you See It” Peer on Peer CSE - a video for professionals can be found here.

A short film by AlterEgo introducing the 'Chelsea’s Choice' play which has been performed in secondary schools across West Sussex can be found here.

More information can be found on the Sussex Police website here.


Worried about money? Struggling with money issues? In debt? The information below provides contacts that can help. Are you worried about money? Found yourself in debt?

This leaflet lists local and national organisations that offer information or support on money, debt, benefits and advice on household bills or rent and mortgage issues.


Debt and money advice:

Citizens Advice

Tel: 03444 771171


Horsham Debt Advice Service can advise and show you how to manage your money

Tel: 01403 258040



Frontline Debt Advice Pulborough and surrounding area only, debt and budgeting support.

Tel: 07931 300705



Money Advice Service

Tel: 0300 500 5000


StepChange Debt Charity

Tel: 0800 1381111



Debt management

Tel: 0800 2802816


National Debt Line

Debt advice

Tel: 0808 8084000

Christians Against Poverty

Local face-to-face debt advice.

Tel: 0800 3280006 or 01274 760839


Help in a crisis Local Assistance Network

Short-term practical aid, such as food or furniture, to help people in a crisis. Horsham Local Assistance Network provided by Horsham Matters.

Tel: 01403 211833



Foodbank Emergency food parcels by referral only.

Horsham Matters, Blatchford Road, Horsham,

RH13 5QR

Tel: 01403 211833


Benefits and grants Citizens Advice

Tel: 03444 771171


Department for Work & Pensions

Visit your local Jobcentre Plus or go to: and search for Working Family Tax Credits, Benefits and more.


Housing Benefit

New benefit claims: 0800 055 6688



Helping people in financial need.

Tel: 0808 8022000


Discretionary Housing Payments Census housing benefit

Tel: 01444 477264

entitled to Free, online benefits calculator.


Housing - Horsham District Council


Preventing homelessness; 

If you are facing homelessness because you have been asked to leave your current accommmodation by your landlord or family member or because you can no longer afford your rent or mortgage payments, it is important you speak to a Horsham District Council Housing Options Officer as soon as possible.

Tel: 01403 215204




Housing support service for people who have problems maintaining their home, are at risk of losing their accommodation or are already homeless.

Tel: 01903 867350



Council Tax Enquiries

Horsham District Council

Tel: 01403 215555 / 215560

Discretionary Housing Payments


Census housing benefit

Tel: 01444 477264


Household bills

Keep Warm for less

For details about keeping warm whilst reducing energy bills contact the Sustainability Team at Horsham District Council. Advice includes current grants, offers, supplier

switching and more.

Tel: 01403 215281



Home Heat Helpline

Tel: 0800 336699


Your Energy Sussex

Tel: 0330 2226990



Getting the Best Deal?

Money Saving Expert

Money Supermarket

Tel: 0845 345 5708


Information and advice for over 50’s

Age UK

Tel: 0800 1692081


Savings and Loans

West Sussex Credit Union

Tel: 01903 237221



Report a Loanshark

Confidential advice from the Stop Loansharks team.

Tel: 0300 555 2222

Text: Loanshark and the lenders details to 60003



Jobs and Employment

Job Centre Plus

Tel: 0345 608 8545

Textphone: 0345 608 8551


Search for Job Centre Plus

Universal Jobmatch


Christians Against Poverty

Local face-to-face employment information / Job Clubs.

Tel: 0800 3280006 or 01274 760839


Citizens Advice offers free, confidential and impartial advice on:

• understanding your debts and the options for help

• completing budget plans

• money management and budgeting advice


Open Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4pm for drop-ins or call our Adviceline on 03444 771171.

Lower Tanbridge Way


West Sussex

RH12 1PJ



Driving on Drugs: The Law

Trace amounts can be detected.

A change in the law allows police to test for both prescription and illegal drugs. New technology allows for even trace amounts to be detected, so before you get in the car, make sure you know what is in your system.

If you are caught, the penalties can be severe, including a driving ban (one year minimum), an unlimited fine, a criminal record, and up to six months in prison. In addition, the conviction for Drug Driving will stay on your licence for 11 years, and your employer will be able to see this.

Being convicted for Drug Driving could mean far-reaching consequences. Consider these before anything else.

Download a copy of the Drug Driving poster here.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Work to prevent the rise in the number of CSE cases across the county is now in its second phase, with the message 'Child Sexual Exploitation is never the child's fault'. The focus in this phase will be educating young people to be able to identify CSE both in the real world and online.

More information can be found on the Sussex Police website here.