Brighton and Hove has one of the highest
rates of loneliness in the UK
Loneliness affects people of every race, age, and gender at any time of the year. And not having anyone to connect with can have a devastating impact on people’s lives; linked with depression, disease and even death.
In response, we have launched our ‘Connect 4′ Loneliness Campaign.
In Brighton & Hove, 44,000 people live alone:
• 1/3 of these people are over 65
• More than 5,000 have a learning disability
• Severe mental illness is 1/3 higher than UK average.
70% of the people Impetus supports say that isolation is the most difficult aspect of their life
The services we provide – befriending, advocacy, social prescribing – help reduce loneliness and our volunteers help build stronger community connections.
We support more than 800 people each year across Brighton & Hove, with 400 volunteers providing more than 14,000 hours of support. But there are many more people who need support!
The Campaign will run until 26 January 2018 and we are calling on all Brighton & Hove residents to support ‘Connect 4’ by pledging to do just 4 simple things:
For more info about the Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign, please provide your email address and we’ll get in touch:
Local folk-rock band 40 Shillings on the Drum are supporting the campaign with two fundraising gigs at The Prince Albert and our Winter Festival at The Brunswick. The band is pictured below with Coronation Street actor, Ian Kelsey. Ian is also a photographer who very generously donated his time to take our campaign photos, in studio space generously given free of charge by Toby Smedley.
The band is also donating 40% of sales of their current single The English Coast.
Use the links below to buy your copy of The English Coast, from which we’ll get a 40% donation.
Amazon – http://amzn.to/2ywEbl4
Google Play – http://bit.ly/2yuyYKx
iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-english-coast-single/id1297481306
Winners of Churchill Square’s Busk Stop competition last summer, the five-piece band ’40 Shillings on the Drum’ ooze positivity with their songs of life, love and friendship. While passionately believing in the benefits of being socially connected, they’re hoping to also raise awareness of the issue of loneliness which affects many and help raise money for the charity. The band’s guitarist, Steve, feels particularly close to the charity’s mission, having had his own debilitating experiences of loneliness as a young adult.
“I was aware of Brighton and Hove Impetus, and the services they provide, before the Connect 4 Loneliness Campaign. There is a poignant fit with my own experiences. Me and the band want to give something back and raise awareness of the issue of loneliness and social isolation. There is no reason why anyone should feel alone and suffer as a result.”
Our CEO, Jo Ivens, says:
“The Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners stated recently that social isolation and loneliness are akin to a chronic long-term condition in terms of the impact they have on patients’ health and wellbeing. I think that sums up how serious this issue is, not least in Brighton. That’s why we’re launching the Connect 4 campaign at a time of year when many people feel loneliness even more acutely as the days grow darker.”
We are also looking to identify and support Community Ambassadors who can promote the Campaign through fun, community-based activities. Jo Ivens, Impetus’s CEO, is taking on the role along with her friend Tor Seacombe, who runs local company Hush Beats Disco. They have organised one of our Campaign events, a family silent disco. Others are holding bake sales, pub quizzes or donating jams and chutneys for our Winter Festival. If you’d like to support us in other ways, doing your own thing, then please download our Supporter Ideas Pack and return the signup form to Ellie Moulton who will provide on-going support: firstname.lastname@example.org / 01273 229009
If you are a local business who wants to get involved, then please contact Alex Mackain-Bremner for further information: email@example.com / 01273 229009