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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?
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    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
    or
    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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    10 years at NCS – Volunteer Coordinator reflects

    Posted on 2nd June 2015 by

    Last week I spoke to Naomi Lacey (Volunteer Coordinator) who has recently reached the 10 year mark of her work with the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Some days prior to our conversation Sean de Podesta (Service Manager) presented Naomi with celebratory gifts from himself and the rest of the NCS team, and slices of delicious lemon drizzle cake (pictured below and made by Jo Ivens, CEO) were shared around the office.

    NCS Naomi and Sean cutting cake

    Considering that she has recently reached such a big milestone with Impetus, and that this week is Volunteers’ Week, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on some of the aspects of Naomi’s job as Volunteer Coordinator. Following are the questions I asked and the responses she gave.

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    Minister for Civil Society visits Community Navigators project

    Posted on 13th March 2015 by

    Yesterday Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP visited the Community Navigators project at one of our participating surgeries. Benfield Valley Healthcare Hub is a site where one volunteer (pictured below) has provided navigation to at least 25 clients since the beginning of the project in autumn last year.

    Minister for Civil Society meets Community Navigator

    From left to right: Jenny Moore, EPIC Project Development Manager; Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society; Bunty Bateman, Volunteer Community Navigator

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    #GivingTuesday – Diary of a Volunteer

    Posted on 2nd December 2014 by

    Fran has recently completed an 8 week placement as a volunteer receptionist with the support of Better Futures. She has thoroughly enjoyed this experience and has recorded her reflection in a weekly diary. Fran is now continuing her role and was keen to share her experiences with others, so they can get an understanding of the typical journey they might expect from doing one of our placements. We decided to publish her story today for #GivingTuesday as Fran’s volunteering is a great example of the the work of our staff in accompanying service users on their journey to become comfortable with volunteering by themselves.

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    Open Arts Open Week Optimism!

    Posted on 4th July 2014 by
    Open Arts Open Week Flyer

    Click image to view the Open Week flyer.

    Open Arts is a new arts creation and learning space in Brighton Open Market. It is a collaborative project between Autism Sussex, Impetus and Grace Eyre. Open Arts will run Visual and Live Arts courses for adults with Asperger’s, Autism and Learning Disabilities, and will be both an educational and social space that accommodates all levels of ability.

    Next week, from Monday 7th to Friday 11th of July, you can drop in between 10am and 4pm to meet Open Arts staff and learn more about all of the wonderful courses! Anyone is welcome, and it’s a great opportunity to visit the Open Market.

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