Brighton & Hove Archives
Election 2015: Isolation and LonelinessPosted on 29th April 2015 by Jo Ivens
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?
2015 Election – our soapbox: Health and Social CarePosted on 31st March 2015 by Jo Ivens
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.
Number 1: Changes to Health and Social Care
Valuing local grantsPosted on 23rd October 2014 by Jo Ivens
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.
Snip, Snip, Snip – The Real Impact of Voluntary Sector CutsPosted on 4th March 2014 by Jo Ivens
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.
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.
Dementia Cafés in Brighton & HovePosted on 10th February 2014 by Sean de Podesta
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.
Celebrating our communitiesPosted on 12th July 2012 by Jo Ivens
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.
In with the newPosted on 3rd February 2012 by Jo Ivens
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.