Loneliness Awareness WeekPosted on 24th June 2019 by Jo Crease
Last week was Loneliness Awareness Week and watching the social media wave has been amazing. As the wonderful Campaign To End Loneliness say, it wasn’t so long ago that loneliness was not recognised as the huge issue it is, and now it’s being widely talked about.
Since last week, I’ve seen articles and tweets highlighting things that can cause loneliness (health conditions, bereavement, poverty, workplace isolation, urban life, rural life and more) or caused by loneliness (higher levels of disease and disability). Social media is heralded as both the cause and the solution. And, brilliantly, it’s increasingly accepted that age doesn’t matter – loneliness is an Everybody Issue.
New Chair AppointedPosted on 12th June 2019 by Lisa Ball
We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Natalie Orringe as Chair of Trustees. Natalie takes over from Steve Hare, former Chair and Chief Executive of Age UK East Sussex.
Natalie was a trustee of Impetus for four years prior to becoming Chair. Alongside her voluntary experience, she holds over 18 years’ award winning experience in marketing working for organisations across the public and private sector including for charities Age UK, Community Foundations UK and The Careers and Enterprise Company.
Commenting on the appointment, Jo Crease, Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Impetus said: “I am delighted to confirm Natalie as our new Chair. She brings a depth of experience that will support us to do even more to create connections that directly help people and strengthen our communities. We do this through the hard work of all of our volunteers and I would like particularly to thank our outgoing chair Steve Hare for his significant contribution to our success.”
Natalie Orringe, Chair of Brighton and Hove Impetus said: “As a Brighton resident I am aware that far too many people in our city suffer chronic loneliness and isolation. This is why Impetus and the direct action of its 450 volunteers is so vital. I am delighted to be taking on the role of Chair and working together with the talented team and our network to help even more people into the future.”
Soul of the City ChoirPosted on 18th April 2019 by Karen Hunter
We are delighted to be Soul of the City‘s charity partner for the year. It’s wonderful to be linking with such a dynamic, inclusive, like-minded organisation that brings people and communities together to enjoy singing, have fun and improve wellbeing. In our befriending and social prescribing work to connect people to reduce isolation and loneliness, we believe no one should be isolated or feel lonely in a city as active, vibrant and positive as ours.
Check out the choir’s awesome cover of ‘Shake it Out’ by Florence & The Machine:
Fundraising partnershipsPosted on 11th April 2019 by Karen Hunter
We’re really delighted to announce fundraising partnerships with these like-minded local organisations for our 20th anniversary year!
Changes aheadPosted on 11th April 2019 by Lisa Ball
Over the next few months, Impetus is reshaping its work to respond to growing demand and the challenges of a fast-changing city. This will include focusing our work on tackling and preventing isolation and loneliness.
Supporting and Fundraising – December updatePosted on 20th December 2018 by Seb Feast
Some of our supporters are keen to develop easy and fun ways to fundraise; such as bake-offs, cake sales, coffee mornings, clothes swaps, quiz nights, dining evenings, hosting film viewings and ‘Strictly’ gatherings. Even organising birthday celebrations asking friends to make a donation instead of presents. All these ideas are brilliant and we do have a Supporter Ideas help sheet which is available to download.
The Impetus Winter ReceptionPosted on 20th December 2018 by Seb Feast
We were delighted to welcome over 100 guests to our Winter Reception at the Fabrica Gallery on Thursday 13 December 2018. We organised the celebratory event to also raise awareness and support of Impetus’ vital work and services to reduce loneliness and isolation in our city.
The Brighton SummitPosted on 15th October 2018 by Seb Feast
Over 350 Brighton businesses, charities and larger organisations came together on Friday 12 October for the Brighton Summit – Look Up. Jo Crease, Impetus Chief Executive, attended the event.
Attendees went along for a fully-immersive learning and networking day. Jo left with ideas, contacts and strategies for growing Impetus’ work in Brighton and Hove.
“It was a very inspiring day with thought-provoking speaker sessions, expert workshops and plenty of networking.”
Supporting and Fundraising UpdatePosted on 4th October 2018 by Karen Hunter
Over the last couple of months I’ve met and been inspired by supporters championing Brighton & Hove Impetus in innovative ways to raise awareness and funds.
Some of our supporters are keen to develop easy and fun ways to fundraise; such as bake-offs, cake sales, coffee mornings, clothes swaps, quiz nights, dining evenings, hosting film viewings and ‘Strictly’ gatherings. Even organising birthday celebrations asking friends to make a donation instead of presents. All these ideas are brilliant and we do have a Supporter Ideas help sheet which is available to download here.
Connecting with Nature – Impetus Away Day 2018Posted on 19th July 2018 by Seb Feast
Earlier this week, Impetus staff ventured into the South Downs for our Away Day. The day was guided by The Grow Project — specifically, directors Jo Wren and Julie Wright — which runs a variety of courses about getting outdoors, reconnecting with nature and improving wellbeing.