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Monthly archives for April, 2011

ASpire – recruiting

Posted on 27th April 2011 by

Aspire will be recruiting a part-time Administration Worker within the next 2 months. Please keep an eye on the Impetus website for Application pack and more details.

Update – Application Packs can be downloaded from the Impetus Jobs page.

Aspire Marathon update

Posted on 27th April 2011 by

Aspire would like to say a huge thank you to Aidan Goatley, our runner in the Brighton Marathon who raised a wonderful £320.00 for the project. Unfortunately for Aidan, he was unable to complete the marathon due to injury, but did manage a respectable 13.4 miles of the course. Commiserations and congratulations to him for his efforts. His contribution has paid for a set of books called Glimpses of Aspergers written by Professor Marie Harder of Brighton University, a copy of which will be given to each of our project members to be used with their mentors as a tool to raising self-awareness of Asperger syndrome.

South East Wellbeing Consortium

Posted on 26th April 2011 by

Impetus has been working with three other local Third Sector organisations to set up a consortium to deliver services. The organisations are Care Co-ops, The Federation of Disabled People and MIND in Brighton and Hove. We received Modernisation Funding to develop and set up the consortium. The aim is to develop it and build membership so that we can take on some large contracts and provide multifaceted and joined up services. SEWC is an important development. We are now registered as a company and have just appointed a chief officer who will be described as our Business Development Manager. Initially at least he will be based at the Impetus offices. We are really excited to have recruited John Routledge to this post. John has an exemplary history having been an early chief executive of the Urban Forum, worked in the Home Office Communities Unit to set up the ChangeUp initiative and then managed the Communities Team in the City Council leading on a number of important initiatives. We are also privileged to have Peter Houghton join the board of SEWC. Peter has recently retired from the regional strategic health authority where he was Director of Innovation. Previously, he has been the CEO of two mental health trusts and a strategic health authority.

Living In Interesting Times!

Posted on 8th April 2011 by

Started the day with Sean DePodesta and Claire, our social work student, at the County Hospital handing out flowers as a protest against the Health White Paper. All the evidence shows that market dynamics within public services leads to more expensive unit costs. The US has one of the highest costs per head of population in the world for state paid health and yet has one of the worst health services. Through all entities in its public-private system, the U.S. spends more per capita than any other nation in the world, but is the only wealthy industrialized country in the world that lacks some form of universal health care.And yet the government (and the previous one) seem to want to copy the US model. Our service users would be the people worse hit by changes that are likely to mainly benefit corporations and their owners. An Argus reporter took our photos so could be in the Argus tonight or Saturday. Everyone we spoke to was seriously concerned about the governments proposals. Several people agreed to write to their MPs.

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Raising funds for Impetus

Posted on 4th April 2011 by

Claire Ashton is running in this year’s Brighton Marathon, raising funds for Impetus, if you’d like to donate please go to:


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