NCS receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary ServicePosted on 2nd June 2016 by Impetus
We are happy to announce that our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) has been honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The award has been presented for our work in the city enabling people to befriend and support their isolated older and disabled neighbours. We are the only recipients of the award in Brighton & Hove and are among 5 in East Sussex.
The NCS works with a team of over 240 volunteers who give around 10,500 hours of their time a year to support more than 280 vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health. In 2015, Impetus hit an all-time record number of new volunteers signing up to the NCS — which is the largest befriending network in Brighton & Hove and one of the largest in the country.
Sean de Podesta, NCS Manager, and Sheila Wood, a volunteer from the NCS, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 19th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Jo Ivens, CEO of Impetus, said:
“We’re delighted to be recognised with such a prestigious award. It’s testament to the incredible work our volunteers carry out across the city. Everyone involved with the charity gives their time, energy and expertise so generously, and we all feel enormously proud that the work of our organisation and particularly our volunteers have been given this honour. It’s a tremendous achievement for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme and Impetus as a whole and it was wonderful that one of our long-standing volunteers could attend the Royal Garden Party!”
The NCS is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award this year. We were selected by an independent Assessment Committee, chaired by Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, and will receive a signed certificate from Her Majesty The Queen presented in Brighton & Hove by HM Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.
“There are 35,692 people over 65 in Brighton and Hove, and 41% of these live on their own. BBC Sussex recently did a survey of 400 local people from a range of age groups, 70% said they’d experienced loneliness in the last 12 months. Referrals to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme have been rising year on year, so we know that our work is more needed than ever.”
It costs £8.90 per person, per week, to deliver our befriending services in the City. This provides vetted and trained volunteers making weekly visits, phone calls, our newsletter, and on-going support from our staff team. We need to raise £20,000 this year to help us meet the increasing demand for befriending in Brighton & Hove. If you want to help, please donate to Impetus or volunteer with us.