Christmas Food for ThoughtPosted on 14th December 2017 by Sean de Podesta
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.
Gala Concert held in aid of Neighbourhood Care SchemePosted on 20th March 2017 by Sean de Podesta
A big thank you to everyone involved in the Gala Concert in February, particularly:
• Rachel Fryer and Music & Wine at St Luke’s for organising the event
• All the musicians for giving so freely their time and talent
• The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Pete West, and his wife, Geraldine, who attended
• The audience whose generosity raised £450
The evening began with a speech by the Mayor and ended with a spirited rendition of the third movement of Haydn’s Gypsy Rondo by the Sussex Chamber Ensemble. In between we were treated to virtuoso playing on the flute and clarinet, moving singing and impressive jazz improvisation. A great night’s music!
This was the third concert that Music & Wine at St Luke’s have put on for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. It is great that local groups (they play in St Luke’s Church on Queen’s Park Road, Brighton) are supporting local charity Impetus in our work of reducing the problems caused by isolation and loneliness.
Their spring and summer programme of concerts is well worth a visit!
Not just for ChristmasPosted on 19th December 2016 by Sean de Podesta
Last year I was able to go on my Christmas break with a very positive story to tell for Christmas (see www.bh-impetus.org/2015/12/23/week-before-christmas/). I had been on my own in the office when I received a phone call from a woman who was very concerned about her friend Gerry. His wife had died just over a year previously and he was living on his own in the top flat of a Hove terrace. He was very isolated. As Gerry was 94 and not very steady on his feet, she was worried that he might fall on the stairs (as his wife had done). Also, she was a shopkeeper and was very busy over the Christmas period so she couldn’t get to see Gerry as often as she liked.
Saturday Morning at the Chapel RoyalPosted on 5th December 2016 by Sean de Podesta
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Chapel Royal for making Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) their charity of the month for their Saturday morning café. This means that we will receive the proceeds of their sessions each Saturday morning in December.
We would also like to thank NCS volunteers Rita Garner and Helen Schilizzi for helping out at the counter. It looks as if they were born to it.
Not No OnePosted on 18th November 2016 by Sean de Podesta
Last month, in the space of a week, I dealt with five situations that really brought home to me the fact there are many people without close family or friends who have no one actively looking out for them as they struggle with frailty, depression and illness. This absence was a powerful factor as any physical illness in reducing their resilience and increasing the stress and anxiety — and loneliness — of their difficult lives.
In fact, in all these cases, the individuals did have someone — volunteers from the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Here, briefly are some of the situations.
Boots on the Ground in Moulsecoomb and HollingdeanPosted on 18th November 2016 by Sean de Podesta
Over the next couple of weeks, a small army of volunteers and supporters will be hitting the streets of Moulsecoomb and Hollingdean to let local residents know about the launch of the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in their areas. Here a young volunteer delivers publicity information to a house in Moulsecoomb. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts with the publicity. A couple of hours up and down the steps of Brighton’s hilly neighbourhoods can be hard work!
Many Hands Make Light Work – thanks to PapermatesPosted on 17th November 2016 by Sean de Podesta
Preparations for our publicity in the Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s new areas of Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, were made much easier last week thanks to Papermates, a voluntary group working from Wellington Road Day Centre. The group came into the Impetus office last week and filled thousands of envelopes for us. Our photo shows the team in action, functioning like a well-oiled machine. Over the next couple of weeks these envelopes will be delivered to five thousand households in Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb, telling local residents about the scheme and inviting them to our Open Houses:
Candles BurningPosted on 17th November 2016 by Sean de Podesta
When Diana went into hospital for the last time, it was her Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteer, Neil, who called the ambulance. He visited her regularly at the hospital, liaising with the doctors on her behalf. After a fortnight, she died from cancer at the age of 91.
Club 0 – 100Posted on 22nd September 2016 by Sean de Podesta
It was really good last week to attend the Freshers’ Fair at Brighton & Sussex Medical School at the invitation of students from the Society of Geriatric Medicine who would like to create buddying opportunities for medical students. The positive stories of NCS volunteer Helen Schilizzi and scheme member Jackie Grossman attracted a lot of interest. We look forward to following up with the new students in October.
Softening Hearts and Assuaging LonelinessPosted on 25th July 2016 by Sean de Podesta
In June, we were bathed in the sunshine of publicity around the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service that was awarded to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. This rather overshadowed the renewal of our Approved Provider Standard (APS) accreditation in April. This quality mark is not as glamorous as the Queen’s Award, nor does it lead to visits to Buckingham Palace. However, it is as important. Awarded by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), it certifies that we meet their criteria for the safe and effective provision of befriending support.