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Making Brighton & Hove a Fairer City for Parents with a Learning Disability

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Sam Bond
Sam Bond, Advocacy Services Manager, Brighton & Hove Impetus

At Brighton & Hove Impetus, we believe passionately in working towards an inclusive city. Where we identify social challenges, we work with other agencies to have conversations about the perspectives of our service users.

We have lots of examples of having done this across the city, one of which is the work we have done with Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) about the rights of parents with learning disabilities.

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Resource for Independent Advocates working with Parents with Learning Disabilities: A Roadmap for a Complex Journey

Posted on 27th November 2017 by

  • Do you advocate for parents with learning disabilities?
  • Do you know what their rights are?
  • Do you feel confident that those rights are being respected?
  • 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.

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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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    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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    Improving Support for Parents with Learning Disabilities

    Posted on 26th May 2016 by

    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.

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    The Sussex Police Pegasus card

    Posted on 11th December 2015 by

    Pegasus card

    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.

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    Two Impetus Volunteers receive Community Service Awards

    Posted on 19th December 2013 by

    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.
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    “It’s not on!” Hate Crime Conference

    Posted on 7th November 2013 by

    “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:

    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 or telephone 01323 727872.

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