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Supporting and Fundraising Update

Posted on 4th October 2018 by

Karen Hunter

Over the last couple of months I’ve met and been inspired by supporters championing Brighton & Hove Impetus in innovative ways to raise awareness and funds.

Easy fundraising

Some of our supporters are keen to develop easy and fun ways to fundraise; such as bake-offs, cake sales, coffee mornings, clothes swaps, quiz nights, dining evenings, hosting film viewings and ‘Strictly’ gatherings. Even organising birthday celebrations asking friends to make a donation instead of presents. All these ideas are brilliant and we do have a Supporter Ideas help sheet which is available to download here.

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Holidays (Leila, part 4)

Posted on 4th October 2018 by

bty

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. Here’s the fourth entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month.

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Staff blog: Beth, Advocate

Posted on 30th August 2018 by

Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan, Advocate, talks about her role at Impetus.

“It can be a very overwhelming and confusing time, so some people need additional support to be able to fully participate.”

I am an Independent Advocate in the Interact service here at Impetus. I mainly work with parents with learning disabilities who are going through Child Protection Proceedings — this is where Social Services have concerns about the client’s ability to parent their child and are therefore carrying out a risk assessment. It can be a very overwhelming and confusing time, so some people need additional support to be able to fully participate. That’s where Interact comes in.

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Reflections of a Summer Past (Leila, part 3)

Posted on 1st August 2018 by

bty

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. Here’s the third entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month — in this case, two.

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Connecting with Nature – Impetus Away Day 2018

Posted on 19th July 2018 by

Impetus staff under a tree

Earlier this week, Impetus staff ventured into the South Downs for our Away Day. The day was guided by The Grow Project — specifically, directors Jo Wren and Julie Wright — which runs a variety of courses about getting outdoors, reconnecting with nature and improving wellbeing.

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Making Brighton & Hove a Fairer City for Parents with a Learning Disability

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Sam Bond
Sam Bond, Advocacy Services Manager, Brighton & Hove Impetus

At Brighton & Hove Impetus, we believe passionately in working towards an inclusive city. Where we identify social challenges, we work with other agencies to have conversations about the perspectives of our service users.

We have lots of examples of having done this across the city, one of which is the work we have done with Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) about the rights of parents with learning disabilities.

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Volunteer Workshops and Wellbeing Activities

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Volunteers at cafe during wellbeing walk

Your commitment and contribution as a volunteer really makes a difference to our local communities in Brighton & Hove and to our work at Impetus. You already do so much, for which we are grateful, but we are also inviting you to get involved, socialise with others and have fun with us at our Volunteer Workshops and Wellbeing workshops.

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Welcome our new Fundraising Manager, Karen Hunter

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Karen Hunter

Hello everyone, I’m delighted to join Brighton & Hove Impetus as Fundraising Manager. I’m inspired by our volunteer-led charity blazing a trail for people-power; connecting people to reduce isolation and improve health and wellbeing by providing invaluable community support services across Brighton & Hove.

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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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