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Brighton University Students Raise £1400+ for Impetus

Posted on 27th June 2014 by

Last week, University of Brighton students carried out some fundraising activities for Impetus. Their hard work generated a total of £1437.86! We think that’s an impressive figure for the short time they had, and all of us are feeling very grateful. Matt Day (manager of ASpire, Interact, and Better Futures) visited the uni today to personally give our thanks and collect the cash donations.

UOB UltraViolet Entrepreneuring students


Photos from the university’s Beepurple course.

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Volunteers’ Week – Supported Volunteering

Posted on 6th June 2014 by

Jason Better Futures

“Better Futures gave me as little or as much support as I required.”


We’ve just published Jason’s Story, written by Danielle (Better Futures Volunteering Coordinator), to the Better Futures stories section. Better Futures has supported Jason to be a volunteer for thirteen weeks, but now our involvement is over and he is doing the role independently.

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Isolation – NCS Manager Speaks on BBC Sussex Radio

Posted on 4th June 2014 by

“The difficulty, for people who are isolated, is that they become invisible to other people.”

In response to the news of a broken lift causing a disabled man in Brighton to be housebound for a month, Sean de Podesta, service manager of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS), spoke on BBC Sussex radio – twice! He was on Sussex Breakfast talking to Neil Pringle this morning, which you can listen to on the BBC Sussex website until it expires in seven days time. Sean is featured about 2 hours and 13 minutes into the show. He was also featured on Afternoon with Allison Ferns, which finishes at 4:00pm today – you can listen to that on the BBC Sussex website as well, but again this expires in seven days.

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Thoughts of a Volunteer Mentor

Posted on 3rd June 2014 by

Richard ASpire volunteer mentor

Today I spoke to Richard, a man who has been volunteering for ASpire since 2007. We invited Richard to the office today because it’s Volunteers’ Week, and I wanted to hear about volunteering directly from someone who does it. He is one of our longest-standing mentors so he has a wealth of experience with the service and is well informed. Richard is also part of ASpire’s steering committee as a mentor representative, where he can draw on his experience to help with decisions that the committee makes.

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme Featured in BBC Article on Loneliness

Posted on 23rd May 2014 by
Elaine & Miles

An older but lovely photo of Miles and Elaine
(more recent pictures on the BBC article)

Yesterday the BBC published an article titled “Loneliness: Beating the curse of old age” featuring Elaine Rothwell, a Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) member, and her volunteer Miles Sigley-Brown. It gives us a small window into Elaine’s long and eventful life then highlights a big contrast: Elaine lives alone.

Elaine told BBC journalist, Nick Triggle, how she feels about her situation and how she gets on with her life despite the loneliness of older age. One major part of enjoying her life is her volunteer, Miles, who was matched with her by the NCS.

“[Elaine] has found comfort in a new friendship she has developed with Miles Sigley-Brown, a 46-year-old whom she was introduced to through a local befriending scheme.”

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Anxiety – Are You Anxiety Aware?

Posted on 14th May 2014 by

Anxiety is one of the leading causes of mental ill health. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014, let’s talk about that.

Since 2000, the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has been raising awareness and generating discussion about issues relating to mental health. They have campaigned around a variety of themes so far over a week each May, including loneliness and physical activity. Now it’s time for 2014’s theme – anxiety. Here’s our insight into the topic.

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Mental Health: Time to Talk

Posted on 6th February 2014 by

Today, February 6th, is the first ever Time to Talk day.

Time to Talk

This day was coined by Time to Change – a campaign led by mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness which aims to fight the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health.

At Impetus we know that mental health problems can show themselves in lots of different ways and we see this every day in our work – our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) links older people and those with physical disabilities with volunteers to build personal connections, allowing them to combat isolation and depression with somebody by their side.

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