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Loneliness Awareness Week

Posted on 24th June 2019 by

Smiling people dancing

Last week was Loneliness Awareness Week and watching the social media wave has been amazing. As the wonderful Campaign To End Loneliness say, it wasn’t so long ago that loneliness was not recognised as the huge issue it is, and now it’s being widely talked about.

Since last week, I’ve seen articles and tweets highlighting things that can cause loneliness (health conditions, bereavement, poverty, workplace isolation, urban life, rural life and more) or caused by loneliness (higher levels of disease and disability). Social media is heralded as both the cause and the solution. And, brilliantly, it’s increasingly accepted that age doesn’t matter – loneliness is an Everybody Issue.

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New Chair Appointed

Posted on 12th June 2019 by
Photo of Natalie smiling

Natalie Orringe, Chair of Trustees

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Natalie Orringe as Chair of Trustees. Natalie takes over from Steve Hare, former Chair and Chief Executive of Age UK East Sussex.
 
Natalie was a trustee of Impetus for four years prior to becoming Chair. Alongside her voluntary experience, she holds over 18 years’ award winning experience in marketing working for organisations across the public and private sector including for charities Age UK, Community Foundations UK and The Careers and Enterprise Company.  
 
Commenting on the appointment, Jo Crease, Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Impetus said: “I am delighted to confirm Natalie as our new Chair. She brings a depth of experience that will support us to do even more to create connections that directly help people and strengthen our communities. We do this through the hard work of all of our volunteers and I would like particularly to thank our outgoing chair Steve Hare for his significant contribution to our success.”
 
Natalie Orringe, Chair of Brighton and Hove Impetus said: “As a Brighton resident I am aware that far too many people in our city suffer chronic loneliness and isolation. This is why Impetus and the direct action of its 450 volunteers is so vital. I am delighted to be taking on the role of Chair and working together with the talented team and our network to help even more people into the future.”

Soul of the City Choir

Posted on 18th April 2019 by

We are delighted to be Soul of the City‘s charity partner for the year. It’s wonderful to be linking with such a dynamic, inclusive, like-minded organisation that brings people and communities together to enjoy singing, have fun and improve wellbeing. In our befriending and social prescribing work to connect people to reduce isolation and loneliness, we believe no one should be isolated or feel lonely in a city as active, vibrant and positive as ours.

Check out the choir’s awesome cover of ‘Shake it Out’ by Florence & The Machine:


Soul of the City Choir – Shake it Out from Tilt on Vimeo.

Follow Soul of the City Choir on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Fundraising partnerships

Posted on 11th April 2019 by
Chatty Bus at University of Sussex

Brighton & Hove Buses ‘Chatty Bus’ launch at University of Sussex

We’re really delighted to announce fundraising partnerships with these like-minded local organisations for our 20th anniversary year!

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Changes ahead

Posted on 11th April 2019 by
Jo with Business Women of the Year award

Jo Crease, CEO

Over the next few months, Impetus is reshaping its work to respond to growing demand and the challenges of a fast-changing city. This will include focusing our work on tackling and preventing isolation and loneliness.

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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 brings a real buzz to Brighton #SocialPrescribing19

Posted on 13th March 2019 by

Impetus Community Navigation hosted the first Brighton and Hove conference to consider the role and future of social prescribing. This fully-booked event on 7th March 2019 welcomed over 150 people from the voluntary sector, primary care and NHS commissioning.

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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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Neighbourhood Care Scheme – December update

Posted on 20th December 2018 by

Neighbourly good will keeps flowing!
Since January, the Neighbourhood Care Scheme has recruited 117 new volunteers (not including our 39 Casserole Club Cooks). This means 2018 is the fourth year running in which we have recruited over 100 new volunteers. It is a constant encouragement to all the staff here to engage with so many people who want to connect with their isolated neighbours.

We would like to say thank you to all our volunteers. We know what a difference you make to so many people.

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