Our services and people we support
We are an independent organisation delivering a range of services aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of vulnerable adults across the City.
Our work enables users to access appropriate statutory services, reduce their isolation and exercise positive choices about their lives.
Through our work, the health and wellbeing of our users is improved, statutory services become more responsive to their needs and the work of our volunteers helps build stronger community connections.
We work closely in partnership with many other voluntary sector organisations to deliver services.
Our users include people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues, older people, people with physical disabilities and people with autistic spectrum conditions.
Impetus cares. Our values guide everything we do:
- Commitment to providing quality services
- Always acting with honesty, openness and integrity
- Respecting our service users, volunteers, colleagues and partners
- Empowering service users by enabling their voices to be heard
- Social justice and equality are central to our way of thinking
Alison has lived in Brighton since the mid-1980s but spent her thirty-year career as a civil servant based in London. She worked for several government departments, including Customs, the Cabinet Office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, in a range of different jobs. The later years of her career took her into HR and change management. She was HR Director for Customs and the Inland Revenue during their merger to create HMRC and Director, Civilian Personnel in the Ministry of Defence before she took early retirement in August 2011. Since then, she has taken the opportunity to get more involved in the local community and joined Impetus as a trustee in December 2011. She is married with two grown-up daughters and enjoys cycling, yoga and learning Spanish as well as volunteering for Samaritans.
Alison currently works in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at the Open University in the South East. She also works freelance as a research and trainer and has a specialism in developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks. Alison’s involvement in the voluntary sector goes back to the 1980s when she worked in the Greater London Association for Disabled People. In Newhaven where she resides, Alison was the former Treasurer for Shakespeare Hall Youth and Community Resource and has had a long-standing involvement in community regeneration in the town, including leading the campaign to save the Hillcrest Centre and raising the funds for a community buy-out. She has also worked in Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex. Alison is currently an Associate Trainer with the Charities Evaluation Services and a Grants Assessor for the King’s Fund.
Clare works at the University of Brighton and is responsible for managing a team of people who deliver pastoral support and advice to students across all campuses. She has considerable experience of working with young people with additional needs as a teacher and a manager both in the School and post compulsory sector and was the Chair of Governor at a local Special School for a number of years. Clare has post graduate qualifications in Inclusive Practice and in Education Management.
Clare, though originally from Cheshire, has lived in Brighton for over 30 years and has two grown-up children who went to schools in the City. She is an avid book reader, music listener and gallery visitor but her greatest enjoyment comes from being with her two small granddaughters.
Jason’s day job is at Community Development Foundation, a social enterprise that is passionate about helping communities, where he leads on business development activity and partnership development, along with delivery of training and external consultancy. Jason set out to work in research science, but following a 3 year posting as a teacher with VSO in Zimbabwe he determined to forge a career in the charity sector, with a focus on Community Development and Engagement. He has worked in a variety of organisations including a Volunteer Centre, a Council for Voluntary Service and a charity providing support to ex-offenders and homeless people. In 2012 Jason completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Administration at London South Bank University, and dreams one day of finding time to write a dissertation to convert this to a Masters. He lives in Brighton, where you’ll likely find him on the beach with his two small boys, or riding through the South Downs on his motorbike.
Jonathan is a qualified chartered accountant with wide experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Until September 2016 he had spent the previous 25 years working for a large housing association group in varied financial roles, most recently that of Group Treasury Director. Jonathan was born in Hove and has lived there all his life. One of his favourite interests is cricket and has been a long time supporter of Sussex CCC and has followed England on overseas tours.
Natalie has worked in PR and marketing for over 15 years and is currently Deputy Managing Director of Teamspirit Public Relations. During her career, Natalie has worked with organisations within the public, charity and corporate sectors specialising in campaigning, reputation management and content strategies. This has included working for charities including Age UK, The UK Community Foundation network and in the careers and skills space for organisations including Barclays LifeSkills and The Careers and Enterprise Company. Beyond her day to day role, Natalie campaigns for those with speech and language difficulties through the RALLI YouTube campaign that to date has reached more than half a million people. Natalie lives in Brighton and is passionate about supporting the local community, becoming an Impetus trustee in April 2016.
Steve Hare is the Chief Executive of Age UK East Sussex. He is a values-driven senior manager with over 20 years of experience of working in the voluntary and community sector. He has a background that includes working in a wide variety of roles and a broad range of issues such as homelessness, mental health, domestic violence and alcohol and substance misuse. A successful fundraiser with a strong track-record in statutory, corporate & voluntary income, and from grant-giving trusts, he also has notable social enterprise experience. This includes running trading and retail operations, and client-services, raising income for charitable purpose and promoting sustainability. Steve has 6 years direct experience of managing volunteer programme. He understands, and is passionate about ensuring diversity of opportunity. He lives in Brighton and is a keen marathon runner.
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We also recognise that our service may occasionally fall short of the standards you expect. We view complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future, as well as a chance to put things right for whoever has made the complaint. If you’ve had a poor experience of any of our services we would like to hear about it and will ensure that:
- Your complaint is investigated fairly and in a timely way
- If at all possible, your complaint is resolved to your satisfaction and relationships are repaired
Our complaints process has three stages.
Stage 1 – The manager for the service you are complaining about will contact you for an informal discussion to clarify any details and, if possible, find a way to resolve your complaint.
Stage 2 – If you are unhappy with the outcome of Stage 1, or choose not to have an informal discussion, you can send a formal complaint in writing to the manager of the service you are complaining about or to our Chief Executive. If you need help to write a formal letter, you can ask us to find someone suitable outside Impetus to give you that help. We will make every effort to arrange this.
We will ask someone from another part of Impetus to investigate your complaint and will send you a response within twenty working days of our receiving the complaint. The reply will tell you what action we have taken to look into the complaint, the conclusions reached, and any action we propose to take as a result of it.
Stage 3 – If you are unhappy with the outcome of Stage 2, you can write to the Chair of the Impetus Board asking for your complaint to be reviewed. You need to do so within ten working days of receiving the Stage 2 decision.
The Board will ask a Trustee to review the facts of the case and investigate further, if necessary. We will send you a response to your request for review within twenty-five working days of receiving it.
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Reports & Accounts
Please download our Annual Review, Report & Accounts to learn more about Impetus’ work and plans for the future.
- Annual Review 2015-16 (PDF 1060K, opens in new tab)
- Annual Report & Accounts 2016 (PDF 6,070K, opens in new tab)
- Minutes of Impetus AGM 2015 (PDF 69K, opens in new tab)
- Annual Review 2014-15 (PDF 1906K, opens in new tab)
- Annual Report & Accounts 2015 (PDF 571K, opens in new tab)
- Impetus AGM Agenda 2015 (PDF 80K, opens in new tab)
- Minutes of Impetus AGM 2014 (PDF 131K, opens in new tab)
- Trustees details 2015 (PDF 163K, opens in new tab)
- Annual Review 2013-14 (PDF 1171K, opens in new tab)
- Annual Report & Accounts 2014 (PDF 1503K, opens in new tab)
- Impetus AGM Agenda 2014 (PDF 80K, opens in new tab)
- Minutes of Impetus AGM 2013 (PDF 139K, opens in new tab)
- Trustees details 2014 (PDF 165K, opens in new tab)
Documents from previous years can be available on request.