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Data Protection: GDPR and what it means

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

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You may have heard about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force on 25 May this year. It replaces the Data Protection Act (DPA, 1998) and means that control and ownership of data will be given back to you.

The principles of GDPR are what we and other similar organisations already strive to adhere to; however, from 25 May it will be enforced with much more severe penalties for breaches of personal data (i.e. collecting and sharing anything that could be used to identify you, such as your name or email address).

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Befriending Links: LGBT & BAME community services

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

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We are working in partnership with local groups to engage older people from the BAME and LGBT communities in Brighton & Hove, to deliver trusted, inclusive befriending services across the city.

This is part of our first year’s engagement work with Befriending Links, funded by the Council’s Third Sector Investment Programme (TSIP).

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme 20th Anniversary

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

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We’re excited to announce the upcoming 20th anniversary of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS). In May this year, the good neighbour befriending scheme run by Impetus will have been making connections between neighbours for two whole decades.

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Volunteers needed to help improve wellbeing in Brighton and Hove

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

The nationally-recognised charity Brighton & Hove Impetus is recruiting more volunteers for their Community Navigation service, linked to GP practices across the city.

The volunteer Community Navigators help people improve wellbeing and reduce isolation by connecting them with services and activities in their local community.

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Brighton Half Marathon: Running for a cause

Posted on 17th February 2018 by


“Running is my thing,” says Chloe. An Advocate for Brighton & Hove Impetus, she is taking on The Grand Brighton Half Marathon next Sunday, 25 February, and raising funds for the charity.

The Brighton Half is one of the UK’s most popular races and is celebrating its 28th year in 2018. One of the first major halfs in the running calendar, it is now also one of the largest running events in the south east, with its iconic finish along the seafront on Madeira Drive.

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Brighton Marathon: Join our team!

Posted on 18th January 2018 by

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If you’re a runner, new or seasoned, and want a challenge for 2018 – why not join Team Impetus for the Brighton Marathon?

The Brighton Marathon – Sunday 15 April 2018 – is a popular fixture in the running calendar. It’s a fast and flat course taking runners through the City and along the coast, taking in stunning views of the South Downs.

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Coffee Companions

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

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One of our volunteers is setting up a Coffee Companions group. Participants use Chat Mats to let other people know if they would like some company with their cup of coffee. It is an easy way to make conversation and meet new friends.

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Still need to do your Christmas shopping online? Why not Give as You Live?

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

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Still got Christmas shopping to do? Give as you Live is a free application that allows you to shop online and help raise money for charity. You don’t pay any extra for the items you would normally buy, but a portion of each purchase will come to us at Brighton & Hove Impetus. Discount voucher codes are also available for John Lewis, M&S, Amazon and Etsy.

Sign up today and help us raise money to help us to connect with more people in Brighton & Hove to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing.

Christmas Food for Thought

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

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Christmas brings with it a sense of both excitement and anxiety – in my case, anxiety about collating reports and completing tasks before going on leave over the holiday.

Fortunately, this work has its positive side. The comments and glimpsed stories in volunteer reports, and in our autumn survey of both volunteers and scheme members, reflect a huge amount of activity and provide a glimpse of people’s lives that is cumulatively very moving.

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Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign – update

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

Our Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign continues into January so there’s still time to get involved! We’ve had a great time at our events so far, here’s just a selection of pics:

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