British Institute of Learning Disabilities ConferencePosted on 15th September 2016 by Matt Day
Vote now help us get GamesAid funding!Posted on 31st August 2016 by Jo Ivens
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.
Gaming 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.
Stella and Sheila – Fifteen Years of Laughing and Learning TogetherPosted on 18th August 2016 by Seb Feast
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.
Yellow Rose campaign radio tourPosted on 28th July 2016 by Jo Ivens
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.
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…
Softening Hearts and Assuaging LonelinessPosted on 25th July 2016 by Sean de Podesta
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.
Fairness Commission endorses more support for parents with learning disabilitiesPosted on 30th June 2016 by Jo Ivens
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.
What’s next for Better Futures?Posted on 30th June 2016 by Matt Day
We recently received the extremely disappointing news that we had not been successful in gaining continuation funding for our BIG Lottery funded service, Better Futures. The service worked with people with disabilities who needed help to get into volunteering. Sometimes that help was figuring out what they wanted to do, sometimes it was finding a role that they were interested in, or understanding the application process. We helped people to start, and we helped them after they did, as they were accompanied by our staff into their new placement and given 8 weeks of support to learn the requirements of the role and do things like consider reasonable adjustments they needed and gain confidence in travelling to and from their placement. We’re hugely proud that once people completed their 8 weeks of direct support 9 out of 10 wanted to continue without that support, newly confident in something they didn’t feel able to engage with alone just a few months earlier. You can read stories from some of our clients here but these are just a handful of nearly 150 that were supported across the project.
EU referendum: you are still part of our community and we of yoursPosted on 28th June 2016 by Jo Ivens
The shock of the result of the EU referendum has been bouncing around the Impetus office as it has the city and the country. We reject the divisive language of the debate, and say to our scheme members, volunteers and supporters – we value and respect you, regardless of where you come from.
Brighton & Hove prides itself on being an open, inclusive, tolerant and diverse City, and we at Impetus are very proud to be part of that.
We absolutely deplore and resist the divisive, fear-driven and down-right racist and xenophobic language that has been such a strong feature of the referendum campaign, and we will continue to welcome, reach out to and work with all people who want our service, all people who want to volunteer with us.
We want to say to anyone who feels alienated by the tone of what is going on in our country: we welcome you, we value you and we want you to be part of our community. And to all those who want to help build more tolerant, inclusive and connected neighbourhoods – come and be part of what we do at Impetus. We work to connect people, we reduce loneliness and isolation and we improve wellbeing – whoever you are.
Volunteers’ Week Day 12 — Ian SnoxellPosted on 12th June 2016 by Impetus
Volunteer’s Name: Ian Snoxell
Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Impetus central team
What do they do?
Ian is Impetus’ Volunteer Receptionist. He is responsible for answering the door and welcoming visitors, helping with mail outs and franking, and other office tasks such as shredding. Ian also supports other volunteers with additional support needs who volunteer their time at Impetus.
Volunteers’ Week Day 11 — Sheila WoodPosted on 11th June 2016 by Impetus
Volunteer’s Name: Sheila Wood
Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Neighbourhood Care Scheme
What do they do?
Sheila is a long-serving volunteer who began volunteering with NCS in 2003, following the death of her husband.