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Yearly archives for 2012

The proposal for future services for the community and voluntary sector: What do you think?

Posted on 3rd December 2012 by

Transforming Local Infrastructure (TLI) is radically redesigning support for Brighton & Hove’s community and voluntary sector groups and organisations. By January, the core partner organisations (CVSF, the Skills Exchange, Impetus, the South East Wellbeing Consortium, the Volunteer Centre, and the Trust for Developing Communities) will have a proposal for how services could be delivered in future.

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InterAct presents a workshop on disability, criminal justice, hate crime and more

Posted on 19th November 2012 by

The InterAct victim & witness advocacy service will be facilitating a workshop as part of the disability summit organised by The Fed Centre for Independent Living. This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about the project and to feedback service user experiences about the criminal justice system, hate crime and more. A police disability liaison officer will also be available to tell you about their role and answer any questions.

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£11m more council cuts? Charities can help, but we can’t do it for nothing!

Posted on 16th November 2012 by

Belatedly reading an article in The Argus from last week about the sudden hike in expected levels of cuts to Brighton & Hove City Council’s 2013-14 budget, I was struck by the responses of some of our local leaders – that the council should be looking to work more with the voluntary sector to solve their financial woes. I was pleased to see this mentioned as a solution, but alarmed about the implication that this would be a bargain basement way of doing things.

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Asperger’s Self-Advocacy group, 25th October

Posted on 23rd October 2012 by

From Becky Heaver, Group Facilitator, Impact Advocacy Services:

The first meeting of the Asperger’s Self-Advocacy group went really well, we had ten people from across north and mid-Sussex, and have arranged the next meeting for:

Thursday 25th October, 7-9pm, at the same place The Old Post Office Resource Centre, 30-32 Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9DS.

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Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove gets the national stamp of approval!

Posted on 3rd October 2012 by

VC logo(480x128)The Volunteer Centre Brighton & Hove has recently achieved Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation, or VCQA, for providing high quality volunteering support services across Brighton & Hove.

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Impetus response to the Healthwatch consultation

Posted on 27th September 2012 by

Brighton & Hove Impetus is an independent charity providing health and social care support services to vulnerable or disadvantaged people within Brighton & Hove through mentoring and befriending; advocacy; social groups; training; information, advice and guidance. Most of our work is provided through volunteers. We also house the Volunteer Centre and provide capacity building support to the voluntary and community sector through our Performance Development Service.

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Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme – keep up to date

Posted on 25th July 2012 by

You can keep up to date with all the developments within the Brighton & Hove Transforming Local Infrastructure programme by visiting the following wordsite


Celebrating our communities

Posted on 12th July 2012 by

People’s Day is an annual fixture in the Brighton community calendar and is a chance to celebrate the achievements, the diversity and the amazing range of activities that go on in our communities.

This year two Impetus projects will be there flying the flag for their services! we’ll be in the heart of the Health & Wellbeing Zone on Jubilee Road – near the central library.

People’s Day map highlighting the Health & Wellbeing Zone

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Open Data no substitute for adequately funded public services

Posted on 28th June 2012 by

The Guardian reports this morning that the Cabinet Office will publish an Open Data White Paper later today, including:

“plans for releasing statistics from every government department over the next year” and an expectation that it will “commit government in future to a general presumption in favour of publishing public sector data, and take further steps toward extending the policy to all organisations which deliver public services, including private contractors.”

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Two launches, one message – listen to us…

Posted on 5th April 2012 by

Tuesday was a day of launches for me, first up the collaboration between the University of Brighton and Age UK Brighton & Hove Wellbeing in Old Age: findings from participatory research , followed by the exciting Q Kit, a tool for people with learning disabilities to check the quality of care.


So, Wellbeing in Old Age – I was impressed by the depth of involvement of older people in the long term research undertaken by the Uni and Age UK, although it seemed a small and homogenous cohort of both those involved as researchers or as interviewees.

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