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.
Yellow Rose campaign boostPosted on 15th September 2017 by Toni Slater
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.
We are expanding our Community Navigation service across Brighton & HovePosted on 30th August 2017 by Toni Slater
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.
Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to local businessesPosted on 24th August 2017 by Toni Slater
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.
The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is coming to Westdene!Posted on 21st August 2017 by Seb Feast
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.
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
Thursday 14th September 10-12 or 2-4 pm
Wednesday 13th September 6-8 pm
We look forward to meeting you.
Get Together Community PicnicPosted on 22nd June 2017 by Alex Mackain-Bremner
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.
Cancer Advocacy service gains 2nd Quality MarkPosted on 13th April 2017 by Sam Bond
“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
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.
Community Navigation releases extended pilot evaluationPosted on 20th March 2017 by Seb Feast
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 SchemePosted on 20th March 2017 by Sean de Podesta
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 ChristmasPosted on 19th December 2016 by Sean de Podesta
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.