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Staff blog: Beth, Advocate

Posted on 30th August 2018 by

Beth Morgan

Beth Morgan, Advocate, talks about her role at Impetus.

“It can be a very overwhelming and confusing time, so some people need additional support to be able to fully participate.”

I am an Independent Advocate in the Interact service here at Impetus. I mainly work with parents with learning disabilities who are going through Child Protection Proceedings — this is where Social Services have concerns about the client’s ability to parent their child and are therefore carrying out a risk assessment. It can be a very overwhelming and confusing time, so some people need additional support to be able to fully participate. That’s where Interact comes in.

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Resource for Independent Advocates working with Parents with Learning Disabilities: A Roadmap for a Complex Journey

Posted on 27th November 2017 by

  • Do you advocate for parents with learning disabilities?
  • Do you know what their rights are?
  • Do you feel confident that those rights are being respected?
  • On Wednesday 22 November, at the Learning Disability Today Conference at the ILEC Conference Centre in Fulham, London, Brighton & Hove Impetus launched a new FREE Resource to help advocates use the law to ensure their client’s needs are met and rights respected.

    This is not a guide on how to work with people with learning disabilities but a roadmap for a complex journey, funded by the Baring Foundation.

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    Rachel Butt, Outstanding Advocate!

    Posted on 20th October 2016 by

    Rachel with Outstanding Advocate award

    Congratulations to Rachel Butt, our Interact Senior Advocate working with parents with learning disabilities, who has been honoured with the Outstanding Advocate award at the inaugural National Advocacy Awards.

    Rachel works with parents with learning disabilities in Brighton & Hove, many of whom struggle to get the support they need to care for their child. Advocacy helps people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need.

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    Volunteers’ Week Day 2 — Judith Pearson

    Posted on 2nd June 2016 by

    Judith Pearson - Cancer Advocacy volunteer

    Volunteer’s Name: Judith Pearson

    Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy service

    What do they do?

    Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy is a new service providing independent advocacy to adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems, autism, and older people who are affected by cancer in association with Macmillan.

    Judith was the first Impetus volunteer to be matched with a client using the advocacy service when the project launched in July 2015. Her work sees her supporting clients who are affected by cancer in a variety of vital ways including health-related issues, cancer-related issues and significantly, any number of life issues a client may face.

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    Interact New Volunteer Advocate – Pauline Aherne

    Posted on 6th October 2008 by

    Welcome to Pauline, Interact’s new Volunteer Advocate! Pauline starts her training on her return from holiday and is looking forward to meeting local people with learning difficulties. Pauline will be working with groups initially promoting their self-advocacy skills. She has considerable experience as a trainer and is currently a trustee of Sussex Oakleaf.

    We looking forward to working with Pauline.

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