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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.


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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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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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