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Yearly archives for 2016

A Very Good Day

Posted on 2nd June 2016 by

One unexpected consequence of being granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was that we received an invitation to a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. On 19 May, Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteer Sheila Wood and I duly made our way to the palace.

Sheila NCS at Palace

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Volunteers’ Week Day 2 — Judith Pearson

Posted on 2nd June 2016 by

Judith Pearson - Cancer Advocacy volunteer

Volunteer’s Name: Judith Pearson

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy service

What do they do?

Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy is a new service providing independent advocacy to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, autism, and older people who are affected by cancer in association with Macmillan.

Judith was the first Impetus volunteer to be matched with a client using the advocacy service when the project launched in July 2015. Her work sees her supporting clients who are affected by cancer in a variety of vital ways including health-related issues, cancer-related issues and significantly, any number of life issues a client may face.

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NCS receives Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Posted on 2nd June 2016 by
Sean de Podesta, NCS manager, and Sheila Wood, NCS volunteer

Sean de Podesta, NCS manager, and Sheila Wood, NCS volunteer

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.

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Volunteers’ Week Day 1 — Sheila Manning

Posted on 1st June 2016 by

Volunteers Week 2016 logo

A celebration of volunteering in Brighton & Hove for national Volunteers’ Week

This Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June), we are celebrating the work of our volunteers who support our charity in helping vulnerable adults who are dealing with loneliness and isolation because of age, disability or poor mental or physical health through befriending, advocacy and support services.

Through a series of stories about our volunteers, the work they carry out and the impact they have in the city, we hope to raise awareness about what can be done to help lonely and isolated people in Brighton & Hove.

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Improving Support for Parents with Learning Disabilities

Posted on 26th May 2016 by

Life for parents with learning disabilities isn’t just hard — it can be isolating, unsupported, and unfair.

When Brighton & Hove City Council announced they were convening a Fairness Commission to look at inequalities in Brighton & Hove and were seeking examples of unfairness across the city, our first thought was to the situation we see every day surrounding parents with learning disabilities. Our Interact service provides advocacy support to these parents who are being tested on their ability to look after their children, a test where the price of failure can be never seeing your child again.

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Local Charity Looking For Amazing Fundraiser

Posted on 1st April 2016 by

Another charity looking for an amazing fundraiser? Yes. But not just any charity.

We are local, we make a difference, we connect.

We are proactive, we are collaborative, we are a great team.

We have a clear strategy and a great Board.

We are finding the resources we need to invest in developing our fundraising base.

We are finding the resources to invest in you.

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The Last Week

Posted on 11th March 2016 by

"The Last Week" NCS blog image

Last Friday, I was covering the telephone in the office and took several interesting calls. First, one from Gerry.

He had been to see Matthew, a 73-year-old man with a learning disability, who had been admitted to hospital earlier in the week because he had been feeling suicidal. Gerry had been helping Matthew into new sheltered accommodation only the week before. Matthew has also been suffering badly with his legs and is losing his mobility. Over the last few months, Gerry has been seeing Matthew two or three times a week, liaising with social services and his housing provider on Matthew’s behalf.

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Who Cares?

Posted on 10th March 2016 by

"Who Cares?" NCS blog image

2016 began in a way that really emphasised to me the problem of social isolation that the Neighbourhood Care Scheme seeks to address. Just as I was preparing to leave the office at the end of my second day back at work after the Christmas break, we had a phone call from Jim, one of our volunteers. He had just been to see Michael, the 80-year-old man who he visited through the scheme. He had got no answer from the doorbell and Michael’s phone was engaged. In the office, we contacted the hospital to see whether Michael had been admitted (he hadn’t) and then Michael’s landlords (a housing association), who suggested that we call the police. We did this, and were assured that they would call round to Michael’s flat to check that he was okay. Two days later we had a call from the Coroner’s office to say that Michael had been found dead in his flat. We don’t know how long his death had gone unnoticed.

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Fundraising Comedy Night a Big Hit!

Posted on 16th February 2016 by

Kerry Herbert & Zoe Lyons at Charity Chuckle

Tuesday 9th February was a special day for us — we were the chosen charity of the last ever Charity Chuckle comedy night at the Komedia, with a packed line up hosted by NCS volunteer and top comic Zoe Lyons.

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Brighton Marathon and 10k 2016 — Run for Impetus!

Posted on 13th January 2016 by
Alan Davies Brighton Marathon

Alan Davies, who ran the Brighton Marathon for Impetus in 2015

With a fresh new year recently started and another 353 days of fulfilling your resolutions to look forward to, what better way to start 2016 than signing up to run the Brighton Marathon or 10k and raise money for charity at the same time?

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