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Yearly archives for 2013

Two Impetus Volunteers receive Community Service Awards

Posted on 19th December 2013 by

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club of Brighton’s Christmas Lunch, at which the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Mr Peter Field, presented the Club’s annual Community Service Awards, which recognize local people who are the often unrecognized lynchpins of their organisations and without whose efforts, things simply would not happen so well.

Two Impetus volunteers, Jeanette Eason and Richard Lovegrove, received awards.  Here’s a bit more about them, from their Award nominations.
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NCS Receives Award for “Biggest Impact in the City”

Posted on 9th December 2013 by
NCS Sector Star Award

The lovely Sector Star Award won by our very own Neighbourhood Care Scheme

Sean de Podesta, NCS Service Manager, gives his thoughts on the award below.
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“It’s not on!” Hate Crime Conference

Posted on 7th November 2013 by

“It’s not on!” – Stop Hate Crime towards people with Learning Disabilities
26th November 2013  10am-3pm
Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 4AH

“It’s not on! Stop hate crime towards people with Learning Disabilities” – campaign and conference are run collaboratively by many learning disability organisations and non-learning disability organisations in Brighton & Hove. Our aim is to ensure awareness about hate crime against people with learning disabilities is embedded in all mainstream organisations as well as learning disability organisations in the future.

The conference you are invited to is a genuine attempt to bring as many organisations and individuals with learning disablities as possible together to raise awareness of one issue that can have devastating effect on people with learning disabilities living in our city.

The Conference is taking place on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at the Hove Town Hall, from 10.00am-3.00pm.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential! Please visit this website and click “Register”, then follow the instructions to secure your place:

The day will include workshops and information stalls around the topic. We also invited speakers with an expertise in community safety and hate crime incidents directed at people with learning disabilities.

If you have any question regarding the event, please contact Anke Thurm at or telephone 01323 727872.

Volunteer Policy and the 3R promise

Posted on 11th June 2013 by
Impetus, along with numerous other organisations, signed up to the 3R promise championed by Volunteering England. We promised to endeavor to get it RIGHT from the beginning, offer means to achieve RECONCILIATION if things go wrong, and accept RESPONSIBILITY for our volunteers and their well-being.
From May 2013, this promise is now enshrined in the Impetus Volunteer Policy, which is published on the website. Expectations are set out for the relationships between Impetus and our volunteers.

Impetus appoints new Interim CEO

Posted on 25th February 2013 by

The Board of Trustees of Impetus is delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Reddaway as Interim CEO. Julia, who formally takes up the role on 2 April 2013, will be covering for the permanent CEO, Jo Ivens, for the period of her maternity leave.

Julia has over 20 years experience in the voluntary and public sectors, much of it within Brighton & Hove. She brings strong leadership and strategic skills to our organisation at a time when the sector and environment are in a state of considerable change. Julia’s abilities and energy are a great fit for Impetus and will enable us to respond positively to the changes and opportunities which lie ahead.

2013-14 will be another big year for Impetus as we ensure the smooth transfer of the Volunteer Centre and the Performance Development Scheme to the new lead infrastructure organisation in Brighton & Hove, and continue to develop our own community of projects providing high quality support for vulnerable adults.

Julia Reddaway photo

Julia Reddaway
Interim CEO, Impetus

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