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Rachel Butt, Outstanding Advocate!

Posted on 20th October 2016 by

Rachel with Outstanding Advocate award

Congratulations to Rachel Butt, our Interact Senior Advocate working with parents with learning disabilities, who has been honoured with the Outstanding Advocate award at the inaugural National Advocacy Awards.

Rachel works with parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove, many of whom struggle to get the support they need to care for their child. Advocacy helps people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

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Interact & The Baring Foundation – project update

Posted on 17th October 2016 by

Interact Baring team returns to Brighton hot on the heels of delivering our ‘Parents with LD: securing rights in Practice’ workshops at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities national conference last week.

The workshops were well attended by a cross-section of key professionals in the public and private sector, including providers, commissioners and social workers from adult’s and children’s services across England, Wales and Scotland.

Discussions highlighted gaps between Policy and Practice across the board and the appetite for a clearer understanding of local authorities’ legal duties to parents with learning disabilities where the principle of ‘parenting with support’ must underpin any intervention by children’s services and precede the initiation of care proceedings.

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National Advocacy Awards here we come!

Posted on 12th October 2016 by

We’re on tenterhooks here in the office as four of our staff team are travelling up to Birmingham for the National Advocacy Awards. We are delighted that Impetus staff and services were shortlisted in two separate categories, looking forward to the winners being announced tonight.

National Advocacy Awards logo

Our Interact Senior Advocate Rachel B is in the final three for Outstanding Advocate Award.

The organisers say: This category recognises people who truly make a difference to the world through their advocacy practice. We are looking to celebrate individuals whose contribution has directly led to improvements or change for people or organisations. This could be someone who has:

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Club 0 – 100

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by

NCS at Brighton & Sussex Medical School Freshers' Fair

It was really good last week to attend the Freshers’ Fair at Brighton & Sussex Medical School at the invitation of students from the Society of Geriatric Medicine who would like to create buddying opportunities for medical students. The positive stories of NCS volunteer Helen Schilizzi and scheme member Jackie Grossman attracted a lot of interest. We look forward to following up with the new students in October.

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British Institute of Learning Disabilities Conference

Posted on 15th September 2016 by

BILD Annual Conference ad

We’re very happy to announce that Interact has been selected to run two workshops at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) annual conference this year.

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Vote now help us get GamesAid funding!

Posted on 31st August 2016 by

We are delighted to have been nominated for GamesAid funding, which would support our work with young people and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome at a critical time for our ASpire project. The special element of GamesAid funding is that it is voted for by its members, people who are involved in the gaming industry.

Games Aid - vote now logoGaming is very close to many of our service users with Asperger’s who attend our ASpire social group. Gaming can provide people with Asperger’s with a unique opportunity to socialise, communicate and make friends. New game releases and favourite games are often a hot topic of conversation amongst our service users, who can struggle to communicate due to their condition.

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Stella and Sheila – Fifteen Years of Laughing and Learning Together

Posted on 18th August 2016 by

Stella and Sheila NCS

We would like to congratulate Stella Salmon, one of our scheme members in North Laine, on reaching her hundredth birthday in August. Stella attributes her longevity to luck and time – though a continuing interest in learning and an abiding love of Schubert’s music might also have made a contribution. We wish Stella a lot more luck and time in which to enjoy the things she loves.

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Yellow Rose campaign radio tour

Posted on 28th July 2016 by

In July I have been on local radio several times talking about our Yellow Rose campaign to raise funds to reduce the impact of loneliness and isolation on people living in our City.

Jo Ivens & Guy Lloyd at Juice Radio's studios

Jo Ivens & Guy Lloyd at Juice Radio’s studios

Going on the radio feels quite a scary prospect the first couple of times. I had been envisaging massive headphones, lots of equipment and the prospect of stage-fright…

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Softening Hearts and Assuaging Loneliness

Posted on 25th July 2016 by

Assuntina Susan and Naomi NCS

In June, we were bathed in the sunshine of publicity around the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service that was awarded to the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. This rather overshadowed the renewal of our Approved Provider Standard (APS) accreditation in April. This quality mark is not as glamorous as the Queen’s Award, nor does it lead to visits to Buckingham Palace. However, it is as important. Awarded by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), it certifies that we meet their criteria for the safe and effective provision of befriending support.

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Fairness Commission endorses more support for parents with learning disabilities

Posted on 30th June 2016 by

Monday afternoon saw the launch of the Brighton & Hove Fairness Commission report. The Fairness Commission is a group of 12 independent individuals who were appointed to look how to make Brighton & Hove a fairer and more equal place to live and work.

We grabbed with both hands the opportunity to raise some of the issues that affect the people we work with.

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