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Tackling Loneliness & Isolation: Dialogue Society and Fellowship Educational Society’s annual Ramadan Iftar Dinner

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Mahmut Gunaydin speaking

Brighton & Hove Impetus were delighted to be asked to attend the annual Dialogue Society and Fellowship Educational Society’s community Ramadan Iftar Dinner, Sunday 3 June, as one their charities of the year. The event, breaking fast during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, was held to promote peace, harmony, diversity and mutual understanding.

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Mayor of Brighton & Hove attends our Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s 20th anniversary party

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Sean, Mayor Dee Simson and Jo

Councillor Dee Simson, the current Mayor of Brighton & Hove, attended our Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s 20th anniversary party. The event was held Sunday, 1 July, at the Sallis Benney Theatre.

The mayor addressed more than 100 invited guests and friends – past and present Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) members and volunteers, key partners and Impetus staff and trustees – and spoke about the issue of loneliness and social isolation in the city.

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Measuring impact on health & wellbeing: Community Navigation service features at international conference

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Social activities

Community Navigation (CN) is a social prescribing service that links people to community services and groups that improve health and wellbeing.

Clair Rowe, our Community Navigation Service Manager, submitted an abstract on the how the service monitors impact for the first International Social Prescribing Research Conference. The abstract was successfully chosen to exhibit as a poster in the conference exhibition, held at the University of Salford, 14 June. For a person-centred service, the first priority is to support people to improve their lives. Secondly, the impact of the service on their health and wellbeing should be measured.

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Harnessing the power of neighbourly goodwill for 20 years!

Posted on 3rd May 2018 by

NCS 20 years logo

We are celebrating 20 years running our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS), the neighbour to neighbour support scheme helping older people and people with physical disabilities and their carers.

Since May 1998, Sean de Podesta has been leading the team of staff and volunteers, making vital connections to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. In this blog, he quotes from part of the conclusion of the first annual report (entitled Just What the Doctor Ordered) he wrote for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in May 1999.

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Being stuck indoors and other stories (Leila, part 1)

Posted on 1st May 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.

In this first blog of a regular series, she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last couple of months, March and April 2018.

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Casserole Club: connecting neighbours over delicious home-cooked food

Posted on 22nd March 2018 by

Casserole Club banner

The Casserole Club is organised in partnership with Impetus, Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and Bright Dials. Volunteers share extra portions of home-cooked food with people in their area who aren’t always able to cook for themselves. The Cooks share food once a week, once a month, or whenever works best for them.

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Good News about GoodGym

Posted on 22nd March 2018 by

Good Gym logo blog

What is GoodGym?

GoodGym runners want a reason to go running. As part of their runs, they make friendly, weekly visits to older people (60+) who feel isolated or lonely and that would benefit from an extra visitor.

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The Washing Up – special performance for Impetus volunteers

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

Washing Up performers

A special ‘dress rehearsal’ performance of The Washing Up will be presented for Impetus supporters and volunteers, the Hangleton Community Centre, 14 May, 2-3pm. There will be an opportunity to share your own washing up stories and final performances will be part of Your Place during the Brighton Festival.

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Impetus supporters: Feet on and off the ground!

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

Impetus runners - Lizzie, Rebecca, Sam, Chloe

Massive thanks and congratulations to our three The Grand Brighton Half Marathon 2018 runners; Chloe Thomas, Neil Ponsford and Sam Baars. They braved the freezing temperatures amongst 8,000 other runners, keeping their feet firmly on the ground, on Sunday 25 February.

They all smashed their fundraising targets; Neil raising £380 and Chloe and Sam raising a spookily similar amount – £325.50 and £325 respectively.

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Brighton’s Biggest Roast, Brighton Youth Centre, 8 April: 1-3pm

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

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This event is being hosted by Impetus, Brighton Sunday Roast Club and Brighton Casserole Club, in collaboration with Russell Tisbury of The Ladies Mile pub. It is sponsored by First Base, the property consortium.

Those in need of a hot meal and some company in the Queen’s Park/Edward Street, BN2 area are invited, including our Neighbourhood Scheme members and those looking to become a Brighton Casserole Club chef. A choice of chicken, beef or vegetarian roast dinner will be offered.

Book now for the Big Roast, Brighton Youth Centre, 8 April: 1-3pm: / 07912 785 103 / online via Eventbrite

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