On the surface, Brighton is such a friendly, vibrant and inclusive place but we can’t escape the fact that social isolation is as much of an issue here as it is anywhere else in the UK. I therefore felt that becoming a volunteer with the Neighbourhood Care Scheme might be a way of making a positive difference. The person I visit every week suffered a major stroke in recent years and his mobility is severely restricted. This makes regular socialising much more problematic for him so he seems to really appreciate my weekly visits and the lively chats we have around our shared interests in current affairs, music, the arts and Brighton & Hove Albion!
Having wide-ranging experience in media & communications, it occurred to me that I could also contribute those skills to the charity. As a voluntary Communications Advisor, I’ve recently used my contacts to help gain local media coverage for Impetus events/fund-raisers and I also instigated some joint PR with George Monbiot & Ewan McLennan’s sell-out Brighton Festival show ‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness’ during which we got a shout-out, a song dedication and subsequently a nice plug from George Monbiot to his 180k Twitter followers. I’m now looking forward to finding other ways of helping spread the Impetus word!
Thank you Brian, your assistance with our communications has been really helpful and you are making a positive difference with your NCS befriending.
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