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Yearly archives for 2016

Not just for Christmas

Posted on 19th December 2016 by

Sparkle hope signs

Last year I was able to go on my Christmas break with a very positive story to tell for Christmas (see www.bh-impetus.org/2015/12/23/week-before-christmas/). I had been on my own in the office when I received a phone call from a woman who was very concerned about her friend Gerry. His wife had died just over a year previously and he was living on his own in the top flat of a Hove terrace. He was very isolated. As Gerry was 94 and not very steady on his feet, she was worried that he might fall on the stairs (as his wife had done). Also, she was a shopkeeper and was very busy over the Christmas period so she couldn’t get to see Gerry as often as she liked.

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Saturday Morning at the Chapel Royal

Posted on 5th December 2016 by

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Chapel Royal for making Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) their charity of the month for their Saturday morning café. This means that we will receive the proceeds of their sessions each Saturday morning in December.

We would also like to thank NCS volunteers Rita Garner and Helen Schilizzi for helping out at the counter. It looks as if they were born to it.

Helen and Rita kitchen 1

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Not No One

Posted on 18th November 2016 by

People hand in hand

Last month, in the space of a week, I dealt with five situations that really brought home to me the fact there are many people without close family or friends who have no one actively looking out for them as they struggle with frailty, depression and illness. This absence was a powerful factor as any physical illness in reducing their resilience and increasing the stress and anxiety — and loneliness — of their difficult lives.

In fact, in all these cases, the individuals did have someone — volunteers from the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Here, briefly are some of the situations.

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Boots on the Ground in Moulsecoomb and Hollingdean

Posted on 18th November 2016 by

Delivering publicity

Over the next couple of weeks, a small army of volunteers and supporters will be hitting the streets of Moulsecoomb and Hollingdean to let local residents know about the launch of the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in their areas. Here a young volunteer delivers publicity information to a house in Moulsecoomb. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts with the publicity. A couple of hours up and down the steps of Brighton’s hilly neighbourhoods can be hard work!

Many Hands Make Light Work – thanks to Papermates

Posted on 17th November 2016 by

Papermates packing envelopes for NCS

Preparations for our publicity in the Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s new areas of Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, were made much easier last week thanks to Papermates, a voluntary group working from Wellington Road Day Centre. The group came into the Impetus office last week and filled thousands of envelopes for us. Our photo shows the team in action, functioning like a well-oiled machine. Over the next couple of weeks these envelopes will be delivered to five thousand households in Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb, telling local residents about the scheme and inviting them to our Open Houses:

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Candles Burning

Posted on 17th November 2016 by

candles

When Diana went into hospital for the last time, it was her Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteer, Neil, who called the ambulance. He visited her regularly at the hospital, liaising with the doctors on her behalf. After a fortnight, she died from cancer at the age of 91.

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme expands into Moulsecoomb and Bevendean

Posted on 3rd November 2016 by

One in nine households in the Moulsecoomb area is inhabited by someone over 65 who lives alone

The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is delighted to announce that its award-winning befriending service is now available to the residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. With recent statistics showing that the Moulsecoomb area has a higher than average percentage of older people living alone, this expansion feels all the more important.

Danielle at Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre

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Rachel Butt, Outstanding Advocate!

Posted on 20th October 2016 by

Rachel with Outstanding Advocate award

Congratulations to Rachel Butt, our Interact Senior Advocate working with parents with learning disabilities, who has been honoured with the Outstanding Advocate award at the inaugural National Advocacy Awards.

Rachel works with parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove, many of whom struggle to get the support they need to care for their child. Advocacy helps people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

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Interact & The Baring Foundation – project update

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Interact Baring team returns to Brighton hot on the heels of delivering our ‘Parents with LD: securing rights in Practice’ workshops at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities national conference last week.

The workshops were well attended by a cross-section of key professionals in the public and private sector, including providers, commissioners and social workers from adult’s and children’s services across England, Wales and Scotland.

Discussions highlighted gaps between Policy and Practice across the board and the appetite for a clearer understanding of local authorities’ legal duties to parents with learning disabilities where the principle of ‘parenting with support’ must underpin any intervention by children’s services and precede the initiation of care proceedings.

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National Advocacy Awards here we come!

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

We’re on tenterhooks here in the office as four of our staff team are travelling up to Birmingham for the National Advocacy Awards. We are delighted that Impetus staff and services were shortlisted in two separate categories, looking forward to the winners being announced tonight.

National Advocacy Awards logo

Our Interact Senior Advocate Rachel B is in the final three for Outstanding Advocate Award.

The organisers say: This category recognises people who truly make a difference to the world through their advocacy practice. We are looking to celebrate individuals whose contribution has directly led to improvements or change for people or organisations. This could be someone who has:

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