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Election 2015: Isolation and Loneliness

Posted on 29th April 2015 by

With the election only 7 days away, Peter Kyle, Labour candidate for Hove & Portslade attended our Befriending Coalition meeting this morning to hear from befriending organisations in the City on issues that affect our service users. This is a summary of questions and issues that we raised with him:

B&H Impetus asked: Brighton & Hove City Council has had to make £24m cuts this year, with the same planned for the next three years. These are predominantly coming out of Adult Social Care as other areas are protected. We are experiencing a double impact of reduction in funding but increase in demand because of cuts to public services – how will Labour stop damaging cuts that impact unfairly and disproportionately on the most vulnerable people?

Peter: A Labour government will repay the debt but take longer to do so, and it will not be at the expense of vulnerable people. The local Labour party has pledged to protect budgets to the voluntary sector. This means grants, but they will prioritise saving budgets and contracts to the voluntary sector.

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2015 Election – our soapbox: Health and Social Care

Posted on 31st March 2015 by

The election is 36 days away and the campaigns have started in earnest. I was at home last week when the Labour candidate for Hove & Portslade came door knocking, so I grabbed the chance to tell him about some of the issues we at Impetus think the candidates should be focusing on. Here’s the first in a series discussing the things that we know matter to the people we work with. 

Polling Station sign

Photo Credit: secretlondon123, cc

Number 1: Changes to Health and Social Care

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Valuing local grants

Posted on 23rd October 2014 by

The voluntary sector in Brighton & Hove punches way above its weight. For every £1 invested in the Brighton & Hove voluntary sector through our Council’s discretionary grant programme, the sector is able to bring in another £13. That’s a huge additional £15.98 million leveraged off a £1.25 million investment from the Council. That’s sounds like exceptionally good value to me.

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Snip, Snip, Snip – The Real Impact of Voluntary Sector Cuts

Posted on 4th March 2014 by

A chilly but lively rally of voluntary sector organisations, service users, parents and others gathered outside Hove Town Hall last Thursday to make sure Councillors understood the impact of cutting Brighton & Hove Discretionary Grants by 10%.

While an amendment to reject this cut was passed, Councillors ultimately failed to agree on the budget overall, so will meet again tomorrow night. Here’s what they need to know about the real impact of nibbling away at funding to voluntary sector organisations.

How The Argus reported the Save Our Grants rally

How The Argus reported the Save Our Grants rally, featuring a conspicuously red-coated Impetus CEO.

The impact for us of the 10% cut in this grant would be relatively small on its own, but in conjunction with other cuts that we are experiencing (or are aware might come) it adds up to a worrying picture, for two reasons.

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Dementia Cafés in Brighton & Hove

Posted on 10th February 2014 by

Colorful cupcakes

At the end of January, I went along to the Dementia Café Open Day at the Cornerstone Community Centre on Church Road, Hove. It was a dull Saturday afternoon, but inside the Centre there was a very relaxed mood, with a lone trumpeter playing smooth standards, and people receiving pampering hand and neck massages. Of course, there were also people sitting around chatting over tea and cakes (see photo), served by friendly young volunteers.

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Celebrating our communities

Posted on 12th July 2012 by

People’s Day is an annual fixture in the Brighton community calendar and is a chance to celebrate the achievements, the diversity and the amazing range of activities that go on in our communities.

This year two Impetus projects will be there flying the flag for their services! we’ll be in the heart of the Health & Wellbeing Zone on Jubilee Road – near the central library.

People’s Day map highlighting the Health & Wellbeing Zone

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In with the new

Posted on 3rd February 2012 by

It’s New Year, new Chief Executive here at Impetus. Steve Lawless has left us after 7 years service to Impetus and a lifetime of service to communities – we thank him very much for his expertise, commitment and positive contributions!

I’ve been in post part-time since the beginning of January, taking over full-time from Steve on 1 February and so far so good! One of my challenges will be to balance the needs of a changing and growing organisation with external representation and strategic influencing.

This week I’ve been writing our response to the Brighton & Hove Council consultation on their Equality and Inclusion policy.

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