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Staff blog: Beth, Advocate

Posted on 30th August 2018 by

Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan, Advocate, talks about her role at Impetus.

“It can be a very overwhelming and confusing time, so some people need additional support to be able to fully participate.”

I am an Independent Advocate in the Interact service here at Impetus. I mainly work with parents with learning disabilities who are going through Child Protection Proceedings — this is where Social Services have concerns about the client’s ability to parent their child and are therefore carrying out a risk assessment. It can be a very overwhelming and confusing time, so some people need additional support to be able to fully participate. That’s where Interact comes in.

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Connecting with Nature – Impetus Away Day 2018

Posted on 19th July 2018 by

Impetus staff under a tree

Earlier this week, Impetus staff ventured into the South Downs for our Away Day. The day was guided by The Grow Project — specifically, directors Jo Wren and Julie Wright — which runs a variety of courses about getting outdoors, reconnecting with nature and improving wellbeing.

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May Muddles (Leila, part 2)

Posted on 7th June 2018 by


Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. Her current volunteer has been visiting her weekly since just before Christmas 2017. Here’s the second entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month.

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Brighton Marathon: Join our team!

Posted on 18th January 2018 by

marathon runners

If you’re a runner, new or seasoned, and want a challenge for 2018 – why not join Team Impetus for the Brighton Marathon?

The Brighton Marathon – Sunday 15 April 2018 – is a popular fixture in the running calendar. It’s a fast and flat course taking runners through the City and along the coast, taking in stunning views of the South Downs.

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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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    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
    Thursday 14th September 10-12 or 2-4 pm

    We look forward to meeting you.

    Community Navigation releases extended pilot evaluation

    Posted on 20th March 2017 by

    We have completed an evaluation of our social prescribing service’s extended pilot April-December 2016. Inside you will find information on what we have achieved, patient outcomes, case studies and more.

    This evaluation has been carried out to assess the effectiveness of the service and to highlight recommendations.

    You can download the full report here, or read a short preview (including the Executive Summary) in your browser below.

    (Click in the centre for fullscreen)

    Stella and Sheila – Fifteen Years of Laughing and Learning Together

    Posted on 18th August 2016 by

    Stella and Sheila NCS

    We would like to congratulate Stella Salmon, one of our scheme members in North Laine, on reaching her hundredth birthday in August. Stella attributes her longevity to luck and time – though a continuing interest in learning and an abiding love of Schubert’s music might also have made a contribution. We wish Stella a lot more luck and time in which to enjoy the things she loves.

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    Comedy, Charity, and Classic Game Shows – Zoe Lyons on Fifteen to One

    Posted on 27th August 2015 by

    This post was written for Impetus by Zoe Lyons

    15to1 contestants incl Zoe Lyons

    Above: Presenter Adam Hills with the contestants. You can find Zoe in the back row, third from the right, alongside other famous faces.

    I won’t lie; being a stand-up comedian is a rather odd choice of career. There is the constant self-doubt that nags away at most comics, long hours of lonely travel and then there is always the very real risk of completely bombing on stage in front of a couple of hundred people. Having said all that it can also be the best job in the world and it has provided me with some unique opportunities. In particular I have been asked to take part in a number of television game shows in aid of charity in the past couple of years and I have a Mastermind trophy to prove it (I won with a rather low score…but hey, a win’s a win)!

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