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Yearly archives for 2017

Coffee Companions

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

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One of our volunteers is setting up a Coffee Companions group. Participants use Chat Mats to let other people know if they would like some company with their cup of coffee. It is an easy way to make conversation and meet new friends.

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Still need to do your Christmas shopping online? Why not Give as You Live?

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

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Still got Christmas shopping to do? Give as you Live is a free application that allows you to shop online and help raise money for charity. You don’t pay any extra for the items you would normally buy, but a portion of each purchase will come to us at Brighton & Hove Impetus. Discount voucher codes are also available for John Lewis, M&S, Amazon and Etsy.

Sign up today and help us raise money to help us to connect with more people in Brighton & Hove to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.

Christmas Food for Thought

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

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Christmas brings with it a sense of both excitement and anxiety – in my case, anxiety about collating reports and completing tasks before going on leave over the holiday.

Fortunately, this work has its positive side. The comments and glimpsed stories in volunteer reports, and in our autumn survey of both volunteers and scheme members, reflect a huge amount of activity and provide a glimpse of people’s lives that is cumulatively very moving.

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Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign – update

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

Our Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign continues into January so there’s still time to get involved! We’ve had a great time at our events so far, here’s just a selection of pics:

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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?
  • 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

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    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
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    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: /

    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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