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Impetus appoints new Interim CEO

Posted on 25th February 2013 by

The Board of Trustees of Impetus is delighted to announce the appointment of Julia Reddaway as Interim CEO. Julia, who formally takes up the role on 2 April 2013, will be covering for the permanent CEO, Jo Ivens, for the period of her maternity leave.

Julia has over 20 years experience in the voluntary and public sectors, much of it within Brighton & Hove. She brings strong leadership and strategic skills to our organisation at a time when the sector and environment are in a state of considerable change. Julia’s abilities and energy are a great fit for Impetus and will enable us to respond positively to the changes and opportunities which lie ahead.

2013-14 will be another big year for Impetus as we ensure the smooth transfer of the Volunteer Centre and the Performance Development Scheme to the new lead infrastructure organisation in Brighton & Hove, and continue to develop our own community of projects providing high quality support for vulnerable adults.

Julia Reddaway photo

Julia Reddaway
Interim CEO, Impetus

InterAct presents a workshop on disability, criminal justice, hate crime and more

Posted on 19th November 2012 by

The InterAct victim & witness advocacy service will be facilitating a workshop as part of the disability summit organised by The Fed Centre for Independent Living. This workshop is an opportunity to find out more about the project and to feedback service user experiences about the criminal justice system, hate crime and more. A police disability liaison officer will also be available to tell you about their role and answer any questions.

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Transforming Local Infrastructure Programme – keep up to date

Posted on 25th July 2012 by

You can keep up to date with all the developments within the Brighton & Hove Transforming Local Infrastructure programme by visiting the following wordsite


Open Data no substitute for adequately funded public services

Posted on 28th June 2012 by

The Guardian reports this morning that the Cabinet Office will publish an Open Data White Paper later today, including:

“plans for releasing statistics from every government department over the next year” and an expectation that it will “commit government in future to a general presumption in favour of publishing public sector data, and take further steps toward extending the policy to all organisations which deliver public services, including private contractors.”

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Local partnership secures £300k to support community and voluntary action in Brighton and Hove

Posted on 9th February 2012 by

A partnership of six Brighton and Hove based organisations has successfully secured £300,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund. The money will be used to improve the support given to grassroots groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations and to provide more co-ordinated support to volunteering in the city.

Libby Young, Acting Joint CEO, at the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum said: “It is excellent news for the city that we have successfully secured this funding. The hard work will now begin to make sure that support for voluntary and community action in the city is high quality and sustainable through these challenging times.”

A project will now take place over the next 18 months to explore the potential for merging a number of services which are currently provided by different organisations, into one main support organisation for community and voluntary action in the city.

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Impetus Appoints New CEO

Posted on 16th November 2011 by

Jo Ivens has been appointed chief executive of the Brighton and Hove charity Impetus.  She was previously an independent policy advisor on voluntary sector and local government for her own consultancy company based in Brighton.  In recent years Ms Ivens worked for the Cabinet Office in Whitehall, initially as policy advisor for the Office of the Third Sector and following that post, as policy manager for the Office for Civil Society where she was the lead official on how local government and the voluntary sector work together to build the Big Society.

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Big Lottery Fund voting again.

Posted on 3rd October 2011 by

The BLF are going to be giving away £10M to the “good causes” that the public votes for. Last time the BLF ran one of these scheme we were short-listed. However, in the end a number of factors scuppered us. We were directly competing with a children’s charity which gave us no chance. We were trying to raise funds to support people with mental health issues into volunteering and that is not very sexy as far as the public are concerned. Animal charities also have a great deal of success.

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Caroline Lucas to attend Pensioner Action Public Meeting on Fuel Poverty

Posted on 7th September 2011 by

Dear All

Caroline Lucas MP, Brighton Pavilion. Copyright news!  I didn’t mention it at our Friday PAC meeting because I didn’t think it too likely, but I had invited Caroline Lucas MP to our 26 September public meeting and her secretary has now confirmed her attendance.

I am planning to request that she does a brief, formal chat and then take questions from our members.  I am hoping this will garner some Argus publicity too, so would ask you to focus on generating buzz re the event as much as you can.

I will be sending through publicity etc this and next week.


Myfan Jordan
Group Facilitator
Pensioner Action

Smaller Contracts One Option if Competition is to Work

Posted on 12th July 2011 by

A new research paper published by the Kings Fund today argues for, amongst other things, contracts for smaller packages of care for the NHS.  My view is that this needs to be transposed to social care as well.

When the “purchaser – provider split” was first introduced in the NHS there was a real problem with large units of service provision such as hospitals. They did not fit into a competition model as you did not have the flexibility to buy service from one hospital one year and another the next.

Although what hospitals could offer was negotiated by PCTs the reality was not a lot different to the pre competition days. To have behaved any differently would have resulted in hospitals going bust and a loss of essential services. Continue reading…

Older People better cared for in Brighton?

Posted on 20th June 2011 by

A survey carried out by The Equality and Human Rights Commission revealed that a large number of older people receiving home care are being emotionally and physically neglected resulting in an abuse of their human rights. Care for ageing people is a major part of any council’s budget. I carried out the consultation as for Brighton and Hove over 10 years ago as part of the Best Value Review of Domiciliary Care. As a result two important voluntary sector initiatives were set up.

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