Resource for Independent Advocates working with Parents with Learning Disabilities: A Roadmap for a Complex JourneyPosted on 27th November 2017 by Seb Feast
On Wednesday 22 November, at the Learning Disability Today Conference at the ILEC Conference Centre in Fulham, London, Brighton & Hove Impetus launched a new FREE Resource to help advocates use the law to ensure their client’s needs are met and rights respected.
This is not a guide on how to work with people with learning disabilities but a roadmap for a complex journey, funded by the Baring Foundation.
Rachel Butt, Outstanding Advocate!Posted on 20th October 2016 by Jo Ivens
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.
Interact & The Baring Foundation – project updatePosted on 17th October 2016 by Rachel Butt
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.
National Advocacy Awards here we come!Posted on 12th October 2016 by Jo Ivens
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.
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:
British Institute of Learning Disabilities ConferencePosted on 15th September 2016 by Matt Day
Improving Support for Parents with Learning DisabilitiesPosted on 26th May 2016 by Matt Day
Life for parents with learning disabilities isn’t just hard — it can be isolating, unsupported, and unfair.
When Brighton & Hove City Council announced they were convening a Fairness Commission to look at inequalities in Brighton & Hove and were seeking examples of unfairness across the city, our first thought was to the situation we see every day surrounding parents with learning disabilities. Our Interact service provides advocacy support to these parents who are being tested on their ability to look after their children, a test where the price of failure can be never seeing your child again.
The Sussex Police Pegasus cardPosted on 11th December 2015 by Matt Day
The Pegasus card, pictured above, is available for anyone who has a disability or illness that may make it hard to communicate with the police in an emergency or difficult situation.
Two Impetus Volunteers receive Community Service AwardsPosted on 19th December 2013 by Sean de Podesta
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Rotary Club of Brighton’s Christmas Lunch, at which the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Mr Peter Field, presented the Club’s annual Community Service Awards, which recognize local people who are the often unrecognized lynchpins of their organisations and without whose efforts, things simply would not happen so well.
Two Impetus volunteers, Jeanette Eason and Richard Lovegrove, received awards. Here’s a bit more about them, from their Award nominations.
“It’s not on!” Hate Crime ConferencePosted on 7th November 2013 by Impetus
“It’s not on!” – Stop Hate Crime towards people with Learning Disabilities
26th November 2013 10am-3pm
Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 4AH
“It’s not on! Stop hate crime towards people with Learning Disabilities” – campaign and conference are run collaboratively by many learning disability organisations and non-learning disability organisations in Brighton & Hove. Our aim is to ensure awareness about hate crime against people with learning disabilities is embedded in all mainstream organisations as well as learning disability organisations in the future.
The conference you are invited to is a genuine attempt to bring as many organisations and individuals with learning disablities as possible together to raise awareness of one issue that can have devastating effect on people with learning disabilities living in our city.
The Conference is taking place on Tuesday, 26th November 2013 at the Hove Town Hall, from 10.00am-3.00pm.
The event is free of charge, but booking is essential! Please visit this website and click “Register”, then follow the instructions to secure your place: https://its-not-on.eventbrite.co.uk/
The day will include workshops and information stalls around the topic. We also invited speakers with an expertise in community safety and hate crime incidents directed at people with learning disabilities.
If you have any question regarding the event, please contact Anke Thurm at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01323 727872.
Celebrating our communitiesPosted on 12th July 2012 by Jo Ivens
People’s Day is an annual fixture in the Brighton community calendar and is a chance to celebrate the achievements, the diversity and the amazing range of activities that go on in our communities.
This year two Impetus projects will be there flying the flag for their services! we’ll be in the heart of the Health & Wellbeing Zone on Jubilee Road – near the central library.