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Neighbourhood Care Scheme Archives

Fantastic February and March Winds (Leila, part 7)

Posted on 4th April 2019 by

Leila and Halima

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us. Thank you Leila!

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Lots happened in February and it was a time of extremes. The changes in my care meant I was plunged into a world of being cared for by strangers. I was very ill and my mobility suffered a severe blow. I was bedbound for the whole of the month and in severe pain.

During this time, I was so grateful for my two volunteers who visited regardless of the mess I found myself in. I was in a dark place, but their visits brought sunshine, happiness and smiles. I think laughing was a bit too much to expect, but for a couple of hours every week, I was immersed into familiarity and safety. My family visited a few times, but their minds were focused on problem solving and helping me physically. My volunteers afforded me light hearted chit-chat, time to relax, and made me tea and coffee – something I was incapable of doing myself.

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December Diary and Happy New Year (Leila, part 6)

Posted on 28th February 2019 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us. Thank you Leila!

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In December, the lifts in my block of flats were down. At first it was purely an annoyance. I set about cleaning and my Daughter’s family helped put up the Christmas decorations. We baked mince pies, my Granddaughter helped make some sourdough shapes and we painted them to go on the tree. I was busy wrapping presents and double checking there were plenty of Xmas cards to give out. I may have been stuck indoors, but I was busy and happy.

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme – December update

Posted on 20th December 2018 by

Neighbourly good will keeps flowing!
Since January, the Neighbourhood Care Scheme has recruited 117 new volunteers (not including our 39 Casserole Club Cooks). This means 2018 is the fourth year running in which we have recruited over 100 new volunteers. It is a constant encouragement to all the staff here to engage with so many people who want to connect with their isolated neighbours.

We would like to say thank you to all our volunteers. We know what a difference you make to so many people.

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Winter (Leila, part 5)

Posted on 20th December 2018 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us.

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October brought with it the start of winter. The days are getting shorter – the nights longer. The temperature cooled and we saw the most amazing sunsets over the sea.

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Morning Carol Service

Posted on 5th December 2018 by

Christmas image, snow and red trees

Do you know someone, or are you sight impaired or disabled and do not like going out after dark in Winter?

Come and join St Richards’ Carol Service on behalf of Brighton & Hove Impetus:

• Friday 14th December 2018
• St Richards Church, Egmont Road, Hove BN3 7FP
• Doors open 10:00 a.m., service starts 10:15 a.m.
• Large print carol sheets will be available if required
• Tea, coffee and biscuits to be served after the service

If you require transport please call 01273 775888

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Holidays (Leila, part 4)

Posted on 4th October 2018 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. Her current volunteer has been visiting her weekly since just before Christmas 2017. Here’s the fourth entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month.

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Reflections of a Summer Past (Leila, part 3)

Posted on 1st August 2018 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. Her current volunteer has been visiting her weekly since just before Christmas 2017. Here’s the third entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month — in this case, two.

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Mayor of Brighton & Hove attends our Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s 20th anniversary party

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Sean, Mayor Dee Simson and Jo

Councillor Dee Simson, the current Mayor of Brighton & Hove, attended our Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s 20th anniversary party. The event was held Sunday, 1 July, at the Sallis Benney Theatre.

The mayor addressed more than 100 invited guests and friends – past and present Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) members and volunteers, key partners and Impetus staff and trustees – and spoke about the issue of loneliness and social isolation in the city.

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May Muddles (Leila, part 2)

Posted on 7th June 2018 by

bty

Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. Her current volunteer has been visiting her weekly since just before Christmas 2017. Here’s the second entry in her regular series, where she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last month.

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Harnessing the power of neighbourly goodwill for 20 years!

Posted on 3rd May 2018 by

NCS 20 years logo

We are celebrating 20 years running our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS), the neighbour to neighbour support scheme helping older people and people with physical disabilities and their carers.

Since May 1998, Sean de Podesta has been leading the team of staff and volunteers, making vital connections to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. In this blog, he quotes from part of the conclusion of the first annual report (entitled Just What the Doctor Ordered) he wrote for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in May 1999.

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