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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.


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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!

Not just for Christmas

Posted on 19th December 2016 by

Sparkle hope signs

Last year I was able to go on my Christmas break with a very positive story to tell for Christmas (see www.bh-impetus.org/2015/12/23/week-before-christmas/). I had been on my own in the office when I received a phone call from a woman who was very concerned about her friend Gerry. His wife had died just over a year previously and he was living on his own in the top flat of a Hove terrace. He was very isolated. As Gerry was 94 and not very steady on his feet, she was worried that he might fall on the stairs (as his wife had done). Also, she was a shopkeeper and was very busy over the Christmas period so she couldn’t get to see Gerry as often as she liked.

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Saturday Morning at the Chapel Royal

Posted on 5th December 2016 by

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the Chapel Royal for making Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) their charity of the month for their Saturday morning café. This means that we will receive the proceeds of their sessions each Saturday morning in December.

We would also like to thank NCS volunteers Rita Garner and Helen Schilizzi for helping out at the counter. It looks as if they were born to it.

Helen and Rita kitchen 1

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Not No One

Posted on 18th November 2016 by

People hand in hand

Last month, in the space of a week, I dealt with five situations that really brought home to me the fact there are many people without close family or friends who have no one actively looking out for them as they struggle with frailty, depression and illness. This absence was a powerful factor as any physical illness in reducing their resilience and increasing the stress and anxiety — and loneliness — of their difficult lives.

In fact, in all these cases, the individuals did have someone — volunteers from the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Here, briefly are some of the situations.

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Boots on the Ground in Moulsecoomb and Hollingdean

Posted on 18th November 2016 by

Delivering publicity

Over the next couple of weeks, a small army of volunteers and supporters will be hitting the streets of Moulsecoomb and Hollingdean to let local residents know about the launch of the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in their areas. Here a young volunteer delivers publicity information to a house in Moulsecoomb. We would like to thank everyone for their efforts with the publicity. A couple of hours up and down the steps of Brighton’s hilly neighbourhoods can be hard work!

Many Hands Make Light Work – thanks to Papermates

Posted on 17th November 2016 by

Papermates packing envelopes for NCS

Preparations for our publicity in the Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s new areas of Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, were made much easier last week thanks to Papermates, a voluntary group working from Wellington Road Day Centre. The group came into the Impetus office last week and filled thousands of envelopes for us. Our photo shows the team in action, functioning like a well-oiled machine. Over the next couple of weeks these envelopes will be delivered to five thousand households in Hollingdean and Moulsecoomb, telling local residents about the scheme and inviting them to our Open Houses:

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Candles Burning

Posted on 17th November 2016 by

candles

When Diana went into hospital for the last time, it was her Neighbourhood Care Scheme volunteer, Neil, who called the ambulance. He visited her regularly at the hospital, liaising with the doctors on her behalf. After a fortnight, she died from cancer at the age of 91.

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme expands into Moulsecoomb and Bevendean

Posted on 3rd November 2016 by

One in nine households in the Moulsecoomb area is inhabited by someone over 65 who lives alone

The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is delighted to announce that its award-winning befriending service is now available to the residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. With recent statistics showing that the Moulsecoomb area has a higher than average percentage of older people living alone, this expansion feels all the more important.

Danielle at Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre

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