ASpire Funding Success!!Posted on 6th October 2008 by hendrickx1
ASpire – mentoring for adults with Asperger Syndrome – has been awarded £29,000 over two years, from the Lloyds TSB Foundation, to fund a new Project Worker post (2 days per week).
People’s Millions – Save a lifePosted on 3rd October 2008 by stevelawless
Alison has applied to the Lottery – People’s Millions – for £34,000 to pay a volunteer co-ordinator to get people with mental health issues into volunteering. There is loads of research to show that volunteering really helps mental health. We also know from the Equalities Audit commissioned by the Council that mental health is a severe issue in many parts of the City.
My Contributions and About MePosted on 26th September 2008 by stevelawless
Hi All, I’ve agreed to try and write something every weekfor the blog. This will help keep you all up to date with what is happening with me and Impetus at the moment. I will probably do this mostly on Friday afternoons. So I thought it might be useful to start something about myself. I am the Chief Executive of Impetus. I have been in community work and social work for 35 years now.
Annual General MeetingPosted on 26th September 2008 by stevelawless
Thanks to all of our volunteers who attended the AGM on Wednesday. It is one of our annual opportunities for our fantastic, wonderful, loverly volunteers to get together. We don’t do guest speakers and invite loads of outsiders. We prefer to run it as an Impetus family gathering. I would be interested in your views on it though. Was it interesting? Boring? How could we improve it? What are your ideas? Give me your feedback and thoughts on any aspect of it.
Community University Partnership Project, CUPPPosted on 26th September 2008 by stevelawless
I had lunch with Dave Wolff, director of Brighton University CUPP, last Friday at Mithras House canteen. I didn’t go for the cod and chips on the menu because my scuba diving has demonstrated to me how seriously damaged the seas are by over fishing and cod is an endangered species.
CUPP carried out the evaluation of the Volunteer Centre for us free of charge. We have also worked closely with CUPP on the trustee recruitment project which Cynthia has spoken at two years running. So we have a pretty good working relationship.
What I think the Blog can achievePosted on 26th September 2008 by stevelawless
I have a vision, hope, delusion that we can improve and develop the bonding of our Impetus community using the blog and social networking.
At the moment most contact with volunteers goes up and down on a one to one basis with volunteer co-ordinators or project leaders. The exception to this will be office volunteers and staff who are likely mostly to get to know other people in the office.
The AGM and xmas party are good bonders as is the annual strategy day but this is likely to only touch the tip of the iceburg. I think an on line forum provides an opportunity for all Impetus members, staff and volunteers, to speak to each other and discuss issues that they consider important.
Watch this space!Posted on 25th September 2008 by blogsbug
Soonish I hope to be able to bring to you an amazing sight – the biggest bug ever! Seen on a recent trip to Italy – I would like to know what it is. Locals couldn’t identify it and neither could my bug search on the internet. So once I’ve managed to figure out how to get the photographic evidence from my mobile onto this page I’ll be posting my beautiful bug pics and hoping some bug brain out there can name it!
Tumbleweed MomentsPosted on 19th September 2008 by Impetus
The blog is currently empty and only tumbleweed is blowing through.
Steve, Naomi, Sarah and Andrew – you are all now blog authors, which means that using your WordPress login you can write new posts and comment on ones that are already there.
What should we talk about on this blog? Maybe…
- Questions/thoughts/ideas about why and how we are doing this blog
- Stuff about the things you are doing in the projects you work on at Impetus
- Stuff about Impetus and the communities we work with
- Any questions about how to write posts or make comments on this blog
- Stuff about blogging & social networking in general
- Anything interesting!
Here we go!Posted on 12th September 2008 by Impetus
Congratulations to Naomi who has become the Impetus Blog’s first Author and now feels the huge weight of expectation as we await her first contribution (only joking… or am I?).
Feel free to publish any thoughts or comments (however daft you might think they are) about the way in which we might involve people (our volunteers for example) in the use of a blog. Posts about the ‘real’ work we do are also important as they will hopefully become the bedrock of the blog…