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Fantastic February and March Winds (Leila, part 7)

Posted on 4th April 2019 by

Leila and Halima

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us. Thank you Leila!

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Lots happened in February and it was a time of extremes. The changes in my care meant I was plunged into a world of being cared for by strangers. I was very ill and my mobility suffered a severe blow. I was bedbound for the whole of the month and in severe pain.

During this time, I was so grateful for my two volunteers who visited regardless of the mess I found myself in. I was in a dark place, but their visits brought sunshine, happiness and smiles. I think laughing was a bit too much to expect, but for a couple of hours every week, I was immersed into familiarity and safety. My family visited a few times, but their minds were focused on problem solving and helping me physically. My volunteers afforded me light hearted chit-chat, time to relax, and made me tea and coffee – something I was incapable of doing myself.

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Social prescribing, the future for health and wellbeing #SocialPrescribing19

Posted on 4th March 2019 by

You might have heard of social prescribing in the news recently – such as this article from BBC Health – but do you know what it means?

People doing social and healthy activities

In January 2019, NHS England announced that it would fund 1,000 social prescribing workers to ease the workload of GPs and improve people’s health and wellbeing. This has caused a buzz around social prescribing, but while it has become more widely known it’s still important to explain the term. Let’s break it down!

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December Diary and Happy New Year (Leila, part 6)

Posted on 28th February 2019 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us. Thank you Leila!

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In December, the lifts in my block of flats were down. At first it was purely an annoyance. I set about cleaning and my Daughter’s family helped put up the Christmas decorations. We baked mince pies, my Granddaughter helped make some sourdough shapes and we painted them to go on the tree. I was busy wrapping presents and double checking there were plenty of Xmas cards to give out. I may have been stuck indoors, but I was busy and happy.

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Supporting and Fundraising – December update

Posted on 20th December 2018 by

Cakes

Easy fundraising
Some of our supporters are keen to develop easy and fun ways to fundraise; such as bake-offs, cake sales, coffee mornings, clothes swaps, quiz nights, dining evenings, hosting film viewings and ‘Strictly’ gatherings. Even organising birthday celebrations asking friends to make a donation instead of presents. All these ideas are brilliant and we do have a Supporter Ideas help sheet which is available to download.

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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.

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Winter (Leila, part 5)

Posted on 20th December 2018 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us.

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October brought with it the start of winter. The days are getting shorter – the nights longer. The temperature cooled and we saw the most amazing sunsets over the sea.

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Morning Carol Service

Posted on 5th December 2018 by

Christmas image, snow and red trees

Do you know someone, or are you sight impaired or disabled and do not like going out after dark in Winter?

Come and join St Richards’ Carol Service on behalf of Brighton & Hove Impetus:

• Friday 14th December 2018
• St Richards Church, Egmont Road, Hove BN3 7FP
• Doors open 10:00 a.m., service starts 10:15 a.m.
• Large print carol sheets will be available if required
• Tea, coffee and biscuits to be served after the service

If you require transport please call 01273 775888

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

The Brighton Summit

Posted on 15th October 2018 by

People at Brighton Summit

Over 350 Brighton businesses, charities and larger organisations came together on Friday 12 October for the Brighton Summit – Look Up. Jo Crease, Impetus Chief Executive, attended the event.

Attendees went along for a fully-immersive learning and networking day. Jo left with ideas, contacts and strategies for growing Impetus’ work in Brighton and Hove.

Jo commented:

“It was a very inspiring day with thought-provoking speaker sessions, expert workshops and plenty of networking.”

Holidays (Leila, part 4)

Posted on 4th October 2018 by

bty

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 fourth entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month.

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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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