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Yearly archives for 2017

Resource for Independent Advocates working with Parents with Learning Disabilities: A Roadmap for a Complex Journey

Posted on 27th November 2017 by

 

  • Do you advocate for parents with learning disabilities?
  • Do you know what their rights are?
  • Do you feel confident that those rights are being respected?
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    On Wednesday 22 November, at the Learning Disability Today Conference at the ILEC Conference Centre in Fulham, London, Brighton & Hove Impetus launched a new FREE Resource to help advocates use the law to ensure their client’s needs are met and rights respected.

    This is not a guide on how to work with people with learning disabilities but a roadmap for a complex journey, funded by the Baring Foundation.

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    Steve’s Story

    Posted on 9th November 2017 by
    '40 Shillings On The Drum' band

    Me and the band want to give something back and raise awareness of the issue of loneliness and social isolation.

    Brighton band ’40 Shillings On The Drum’ is supporting the Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign. Winners of Churchill Square’s Busk Stop competition last summer, the five-piece folk-rock band ooze positivity with their songs of life, love and friendship. While passionately believing in the benefits of being socially connected, they’re hoping to also raise awareness of the issue of loneliness which affects many and help raise money for Impetus.

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    ‘Connect 4′ Loneliness Campaign – coming soon!

    Posted on 28th September 2017 by

    Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign logo

    Brighton and Hove has one of the highest rates of loneliness in the UK.

    Loneliness affects people of every race, age, and gender at any time of the year, but some people feel lonely each and every day. Not having anyone to connect with can have a devastating impact on these people’s lives.

    In response, we are launching the ‘Connect 4′ Loneliness Campaign on 30th October this year.

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    Calling all artists

    Posted on 20th September 2017 by
    card designs

    Photo Credit: stratoz Flickr via Compfight cc – cropped

    Are you a budding or established artist? We’re holding an Art Competition, the winners of which will have their pieces reproduced (with your permission) for Impetus greetings cards. There are 4 categories: Under 16s, Brighton and Hove, Winter theme and Loneliness and isolation.

    Your artwork can use any of the following mediums: photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, typography (poems etc.). It should be produced at 5″ wide x 7″ high (127 x 178 mm).

    Entries will be displayed at our Winter Festival event, 2 December, at The Brunswick. Closing date for entries is Monday 20 November 2017. Please post your entries, including your name and contact details, to: Art competition, Impetus, Intergen House, 65-67 Western Road, Hove, BN3 2JQ.

    Contact Toni Slater or Seb Feast for more details:
    toni.slater@bh-impetus.org / seb.feast@bh-impetus.org

    Voices and Values – Calling Impetus volunteers!

    Posted on 19th September 2017 by

    Ellie Moulton On 22nd August, Impetus held a very successful workshop on Values and Volunteers. We had a good turnout including volunteers, staff and trustees and lots of discussion on how we involve volunteers in the organisation and ways to ensure that volunteers have a voice in what we do.

    We will now be holding regular workshops as one thing that was very clear to me from the meeting is how much all our volunteers are so passionate about and committed to their role. I was also impressed by our volunteers’ dedication and willingness to find out more about Impetus.

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    Yellow Rose campaign boost

    Posted on 15th September 2017 by

    Yellow Rose frame at Pride day

    Our annual Yellow Rose campaign, promoting the power of friendship, inclusion and community and raising awareness of the issue of isolation in Brighton & Hove, ran throughout August and gave us a significant boost.

    The campaign galvanised hundreds of supporters using #YellowRose on social media and raised more than £350. We also gained ten new volunteer sign ups. So a huge thank you to everyone who gave their support.

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    We are expanding our Community Navigation service across Brighton & Hove

    Posted on 30th August 2017 by

    Chrissie CN

    Our Community Navigation service is set to expand its reach to all GP surgeries across the city. The service allows GP’s and other staff in surgeries to refer isolated patients, who our service Coordinators work with to identify what support they need. Community Navigators are trained volunteers with previous experience of supporting people who then help the person to access essential local groups and services.

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    Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to local businesses

    Posted on 24th August 2017 by

    Warren and Angie - Crumpetty Tree, Nico - Morelli Zorelli, Tristan - Hells Kitchen

    Fundraising Manager, Alex Mackain-Bremner, presented Certificates of Appreciation to local businesses for their support of the community picnic we hosted in Palmeira Square Gardens, Hove, 17 June. Pictured here is Alex with (clockwise) Warren and Angie at the Crumpetty Tree café, Tristan at Hells Kitchen deli and Nico at Morelli Zorelli.

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    The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is coming to Westdene!

    Posted on 21st August 2017 by
    Befriender and volunteer out for dinner

    NCS volunteers become friends with an isolated person living nearby, visiting them at home for a chat and a cup of tea – some people even visit a local café together or go out for short walks

    Do you know someone who is isolated and would benefit from a volunteer befriender?

    Do you know someone who would like to become a volunteer befriender?

    Just 1 hour a week can make a real difference to someone’s life.

    Come talk to us about what we do over refreshments at
    The Barn, Westdene Green, 49 Dene Vale, BN1 5ED

    Wednesday 13th September 6-8 pm
    or
    Thursday 14th September 10-12 or 2-4 pm

    We look forward to meeting you.

    Get Together Community Picnic

    Posted on 22nd June 2017 by

    Picnic montage

    Celebrating all we have in common!

    Last Saturday (17 June 2017), as part of a nationwide series of events in honour of Jo Cox MP, we hosted a community picnic in Palmeira Square Gardens, Hove. There were lots of happy smiling faces and interest in uniting our community and also in our local charity, Impetus.

    Big thanks to all who helped to make the day so wonderful!

    The picnic was a great success, bringing together local people, businesses and our charity volunteers. The sun shone down on us and we enjoyed delicious foods and drinks generously donated from businesses in the immediate Palmeira/Brunswick area and beyond: Crumpetty Tree café, Morelli Zorelli sourdough pizza, La Cave à Fromage, Market restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen Deli, V&H Café and Sainsbury’s Local and Tesco Express. Special thanks to Impact Initiatives who also supported us to make sure the day went well.

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