The Impetus Winter Reception

Posted on 20th December 2018 by

We were delighted to welcome over 100 guests to our Winter Reception at the Fabrica Gallery on Thursday 13 December 2018. We organised the celebratory event to also raise awareness and support of Impetus’ vital work and services to reduce loneliness and isolation in our city.

Our Chief Executive, Jo Crease, gave a speech about the charity’s work in every community in our city and how it is delivering a much-needed lifeline to people who find it difficult to access mainstream support services.

Guy Lloyd, the BBC Sussex and Latest TV presenter and Impetus volunteer, spoke warmly about his work with the charity and how he visits a man in the city who feels isolated and lonely. Leila, a beneficiary of Impetus, also told her story and spoke of her positive relationship with the charity.

Andy Sturgeon Design championed and sponsored the reception. Great British Bake Off’s Kate Henry sponsored and supplied the catering, and Fabrica Gallery kindly let us hold the event at the venue at reduced cost. Gunns Florist gave us the floral displays to decorate the venue.

Silvia Calderoni photographed the event and Double Yolk Films filmed it – both gave their services and volunteered their time for in kind. Brighton’s Beleza School of Samba also provided the closing performance for the event for free in support of connecting people to reduce loneliness.

Have a look at the film of the event:

Here’s a video of Beleza School of Samba’s spectacular performance:

Every guest went away with a goody bag of treats supported by Pukka Herbs. There was also a raffle at the reception with Terre a Terre, The Ivy in the Lanes, Soul of the City, The Grand Brighton, Metrodeco, The Salt Rooms and Audreys Chocolates all providing prizes in kind. Preloved Brighton also made a generous donation in support of Impetus befriending and social prescribing services.

Jo Crease, Chief Executive at Impetus, commented:

“The Winter Reception was a fantastic success and we’re delighted so many people and like-minded local organisations came along to learn more about Impetus’ work in the city, our plans for the future and how to support. Going forward, we are planning to help even more people across city communities who feel lonely or socially isolated because of age, disability, poor mental or physical health and life circumstances and expand services to support their needs. Thanks go to Andy Sturgeon Design and all the local businesses who provided gifts in kind and raffle prizes.”

Leila, a service user of Impetus’ Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) that matches local volunteers with lonely and isolated people nearby, commented:

“I have had visits from Impetus’ Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteers for the past seven years. I love having visits from the NCS volunteers as I get so much from them. I have two volunteers who visit me on alternate weeks. They bring me friendship and feelings of happiness and self-worth. They make me feel as though I do deserve to have people around me who care about me.”

Leila also writes posts for our blog, you can read the latest one here.

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