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Harnessing the power of neighbourly goodwill for 20 years!

Posted on 3rd May 2018 by

NCS 20 years logo

We are celebrating 20 years running our Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS), the neighbour to neighbour support scheme helping older people and people with physical disabilities and their carers.

Since May 1998, Sean de Podesta has been leading the team of staff and volunteers, making vital connections to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. In this blog, he quotes from part of the conclusion of the first annual report (entitled Just What the Doctor Ordered) he wrote for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme in May 1999.

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Volunteers needed to help improve wellbeing in Brighton and Hove

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

The nationally-recognised charity Brighton & Hove Impetus is recruiting more volunteers for their Community Navigation service, linked to GP practices across the city.

The volunteer Community Navigators help people improve wellbeing and reduce isolation by connecting them with services and activities in their local community.

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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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    Cancer Advocacy service gains 2nd Quality Mark

    Posted on 13th April 2017 by

    “Special thanks to Rebecca Turnull-Simpson, a local lawyer and one of our dedicated volunteer Cancer Advocates. Her time given to the quality mark audit process has enabled the hard work of our whole fantastic team to be recognised.”

    – Sam Bond, Macmillan-Impetus Cancer Advocacy Service Manager

    Cancer Advocacy team with quality mark certificate

    The first quality mark achieved was the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark which is a national quality assessment and assurance system for providers of independent advocacy. Impetus achieved it in Sept 2016.

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    What’s next for Better Futures?

    Posted on 30th June 2016 by

    We recently received the extremely disappointing news that we had not been successful in gaining continuation funding for our BIG Lottery funded service, Better Futures. The service worked with people with disabilities who needed help to get into volunteering. Sometimes that help was figuring out what they wanted to do, sometimes it was finding a role that they were interested in, or understanding the application process. We helped people to start, and we helped them after they did, as they were accompanied by our staff into their new placement and given 8 weeks of support to learn the requirements of the role and do things like consider reasonable adjustments they needed and gain confidence in travelling to and from their placement. We’re hugely proud that once people completed their 8 weeks of direct support 9 out of 10 wanted to continue without that support, newly confident in something they didn’t feel able to engage with alone just a few months earlier. You can read stories from some of our clients here but these are just a handful of nearly 150 that were supported across the project.

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    Volunteers’ Week Day 10 — Sue Seymour

    Posted on 10th June 2016 by

    Sue Seymour Lay Assessors Scheme

    Volunteer’s Name: Sue Seymour

    Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Lay Assessors Scheme

    What do they do?

    Sue’s role is interviewing people who receive home care to assess their satisfaction with the service. She has also contributed to the City Council’s Commissioning Process for home care, helps to train new Lay Assessors, and has attended many council courses on working with older people and those with disabilities.

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