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Neighbourhood Care Scheme Archives

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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Being stuck indoors and other stories (Leila, part 1)

Posted on 1st May 2018 by

Leila

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.

In this first blog of a regular series, she shares her thoughts and experiences of the last couple of months, March and April 2018.

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Good News about GoodGym

Posted on 22nd March 2018 by

Good Gym logo blog

What is GoodGym?

GoodGym runners want a reason to go running. As part of their runs, they make friendly, weekly visits to older people (60+) who feel isolated or lonely and that would benefit from an extra visitor.

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme 20th Anniversary

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

Sean in Hanover Aug 1998

We’re excited to announce the upcoming 20th anniversary of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS). In May this year, the good neighbour befriending scheme run by Impetus will have been making connections between neighbours for two whole decades.

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Brighton Marathon: Join our team!

Posted on 18th January 2018 by

marathon runners

If you’re a runner, new or seasoned, and want a challenge for 2018 – why not join Team Impetus for the Brighton Marathon?

The Brighton Marathon – Sunday 15 April 2018 – is a popular fixture in the running calendar. It’s a fast and flat course taking runners through the City and along the coast, taking in stunning views of the South Downs.

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Christmas Food for Thought

Posted on 14th December 2017 by

ohohoh hohoho 2

Christmas brings with it a sense of both excitement and anxiety – in my case, anxiety about collating reports and completing tasks before going on leave over the holiday.

Fortunately, this work has its positive side. The comments and glimpsed stories in volunteer reports, and in our autumn survey of both volunteers and scheme members, reflect a huge amount of activity and provide a glimpse of people’s lives that is cumulatively very moving.

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The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is coming to Westdene!

Posted on 21st August 2017 by
Befriender and volunteer out for dinner

NCS volunteers become friends with an isolated person living nearby, visiting them at home for a chat and a cup of tea – some people even visit a local café together or go out for short walks

Do you know someone who is isolated and would benefit from a volunteer befriender?

Do you know someone who would like to become a volunteer befriender?

Just 1 hour a week can make a real difference to someone’s life.

Come talk to us about what we do over refreshments at
The Barn, Westdene Green, 49 Dene Vale, BN1 5ED

Wednesday 13th September 6-8 pm
or
Thursday 14th September 10-12 or 2-4 pm

We look forward to meeting you.

Gala Concert held in aid of Neighbourhood Care Scheme

Posted on 20th March 2017 by
Mayor, Mayoress and Susan

Right to left: The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Pete West, his wife Geraldine, and NCS Administrator Susan Alderson at the Gala Concert.

A big thank you to everyone involved in the Gala Concert in February, particularly:
• Rachel Fryer and Music & Wine at St Luke’s for organising the event
• All the musicians for giving so freely their time and talent
• The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Pete West, and his wife, Geraldine, who attended
• The audience whose generosity raised £450

The evening began with a speech by the Mayor and ended with a spirited rendition of the third movement of Haydn’s Gypsy Rondo by the Sussex Chamber Ensemble. In between we were treated to virtuoso playing on the flute and clarinet, moving singing and impressive jazz improvisation. A great night’s music!

This was the third concert that Music & Wine at St Luke’s have put on for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. It is great that local groups (they play in St Luke’s Church on Queen’s Park Road, Brighton) are supporting local charity Impetus in our work of reducing the problems caused by isolation and loneliness.

Their spring and summer programme of concerts is well worth a visit!

Not just for Christmas

Posted on 19th December 2016 by

Sparkle hope signs

Last year I was able to go on my Christmas break with a very positive story to tell for Christmas (see www.bh-impetus.org/2015/12/23/week-before-christmas/). I had been on my own in the office when I received a phone call from a woman who was very concerned about her friend Gerry. His wife had died just over a year previously and he was living on his own in the top flat of a Hove terrace. He was very isolated. As Gerry was 94 and not very steady on his feet, she was worried that he might fall on the stairs (as his wife had done). Also, she was a shopkeeper and was very busy over the Christmas period so she couldn’t get to see Gerry as often as she liked.

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