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Calling all artists

Posted on 20th September 2017 by
card designs

Photo Credit: stratoz Flickr via Compfight cc – cropped

Are you a budding or established artist? We’re holding an Art Competition, the winners of which will have their pieces reproduced (with your permission) for Impetus greetings cards. There are 4 categories: Under 16s, Brighton and Hove, Winter theme and Loneliness and isolation.

Your artwork can use any of the following mediums: photography, paintings, drawings, digital art, typography (poems etc.). It should be produced at 5″ wide x 7″ high (127 x 178 mm). Entries will be displayed at our Winter Festival event, 2 December, at The Brunswick.

Contact Toni Slater or Seb Feast for more details:
toni.slater@bh-impetus.org / seb.feast@bh-impetus.org

Voices and Values – Calling Impetus volunteers!

Posted on 19th September 2017 by

Ellie Moulton On 22nd August, Impetus held a very successful workshop on Values and Volunteers. We had a good turnout including volunteers, staff and trustees and lots of discussion on how we involve volunteers in the organisation and ways to ensure that volunteers have a voice in what we do.

We will now be holding regular workshops as one thing that was very clear to me from the meeting is how much all our volunteers are so passionate about and committed to their role. I was also impressed by our volunteers’ dedication and willingness to find out more about Impetus.

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Yellow Rose campaign boost

Posted on 15th September 2017 by

Yellow Rose frame at Pride day

Our annual Yellow Rose campaign, promoting the power of friendship, inclusion and community and raising awareness of the issue of isolation in Brighton & Hove, ran throughout August and gave us a significant boost.

The campaign galvanised hundreds of supporters using #YellowRose on social media and raised more than £350. We also gained ten new volunteer sign ups. So a huge thank you to everyone who gave their support.

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We are expanding our Community Navigation service across Brighton & Hove

Posted on 30th August 2017 by

Chrissie CN

Our Community Navigation service is set to expand its reach to all GP surgeries across the city. The service allows GP’s and other staff in surgeries to refer isolated patients, who our service Coordinators work with to identify what support they need. Community Navigators are trained volunteers with previous experience of supporting people who then help the person to access essential local groups and services.

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Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to local businesses

Posted on 24th August 2017 by

Warren and Angie - Crumpetty Tree, Nico - Morelli Zorelli, Tristan - Hells Kitchen

Fundraising Manager, Alex Mackain-Bremner, presented Certificates of Appreciation to local businesses for their support of the community picnic we hosted in Palmeira Square Gardens, Hove, 17 June. Pictured here is Alex with (clockwise) Warren and Angie at the Crumpetty Tree café, Tristan at Hells Kitchen deli and Nico at Morelli Zorelli.

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The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is coming to Westdene!

Posted on 21st August 2017 by
Befriender and volunteer out for dinner

NCS volunteers become friends with an isolated person living nearby, visiting them at home for a chat and a cup of tea – some people even visit a local café together or go out for short walks

Do you know someone who is isolated and would benefit from a volunteer befriender?

Do you know someone who would like to become a volunteer befriender?

Just 1 hour a week can make a real difference to someone’s life.

Come talk to us about what we do over refreshments at
The Barn, Westdene Green, 49 Dene Vale, BN1 5ED

Wednesday 13th September 6-8 pm
or
Thursday 14th September 10-12 or 2-4 pm

We look forward to meeting you.

Get Together Community Picnic

Posted on 22nd June 2017 by

Picnic montage

Celebrating all we have in common!

Last Saturday (17 June 2017), as part of a nationwide series of events in honour of Jo Cox MP, we hosted a community picnic in Palmeira Square Gardens, Hove. There were lots of happy smiling faces and interest in uniting our community and also in our local charity, Impetus.

Big thanks to all who helped to make the day so wonderful!

The picnic was a great success, bringing together local people, businesses and our charity volunteers. The sun shone down on us and we enjoyed delicious foods and drinks generously donated from businesses in the immediate Palmeira/Brunswick area and beyond: Crumpetty Tree café, Morelli Zorelli sourdough pizza, La Cave à Fromage, Market restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen Deli, V&H Café and Sainsbury’s Local and Tesco Express. Special thanks to Impact Initiatives who also supported us to make sure the day went well.

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Cancer Advocacy service gains 2nd Quality Mark

Posted on 13th April 2017 by

“Special thanks to Rebecca Turnull-Simpson, a local lawyer and one of our dedicated volunteer Cancer Advocates. Her time given to the quality mark audit process has enabled the hard work of our whole fantastic team to be recognised.”

– Sam Bond, Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy Service Manager

Cancer Advocacy team with quality mark certificate

The first quality mark achieved was the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark which is a national quality assessment and assurance system for providers of independent advocacy. Impetus achieved it in Sept 2016.

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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.


(Click in the centre for fullscreen)

Gala Concert held in aid of Neighbourhood Care Scheme

Posted on 20th March 2017 by
Mayor, Mayoress and Susan

Right to left: The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Pete West, his wife Geraldine, and NCS Administrator Susan Alderson at the Gala Concert.

A big thank you to everyone involved in the Gala Concert in February, particularly:
• Rachel Fryer and Music & Wine at St Luke’s for organising the event
• All the musicians for giving so freely their time and talent
• The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Pete West, and his wife, Geraldine, who attended
• The audience whose generosity raised £450

The evening began with a speech by the Mayor and ended with a spirited rendition of the third movement of Haydn’s Gypsy Rondo by the Sussex Chamber Ensemble. In between we were treated to virtuoso playing on the flute and clarinet, moving singing and impressive jazz improvisation. A great night’s music!

This was the third concert that Music & Wine at St Luke’s have put on for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. It is great that local groups (they play in St Luke’s Church on Queen’s Park Road, Brighton) are supporting local charity Impetus in our work of reducing the problems caused by isolation and loneliness.

Their spring and summer programme of concerts is well worth a visit!

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