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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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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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May Muddles (Leila, part 2)

Posted on 7th June 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 second entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month.

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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

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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