Neighbourhood Care Scheme – December updatePosted on 20th December 2018 by Seb Feast
Neighbourly good will keeps flowing!
Since January, the Neighbourhood Care Scheme has recruited 117 new volunteers (not including our 39 Casserole Club Cooks). This means 2018 is the fourth year running in which we have recruited over 100 new volunteers. It is a constant encouragement to all the staff here to engage with so many people who want to connect with their isolated neighbours.
We would like to say thank you to all our volunteers. We know what a difference you make to so many people.
Winter (Leila, part 5)Posted on 20th December 2018 by Seb Feast
Leila has been a member of our Neighbourhood Care Scheme since 2011. In this regular series, Leila shares her thoughts and experiences with us.
October brought with it the start of winter. The days are getting shorter – the nights longer. The temperature cooled and we saw the most amazing sunsets over the sea.
Staff blog: Beth, AdvocatePosted on 30th August 2018 by Seb Feast
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.
Measuring impact on health & wellbeing: Community Navigation service features at international conferencePosted on 12th July 2018 by Toni Slater
Community Navigation (CN) is a social prescribing service that links people to community services and groups that improve health and wellbeing.
Clair Rowe, our Community Navigation Service Manager, submitted an abstract on the how the service monitors impact for the first International Social Prescribing Research Conference. The abstract was successfully chosen to exhibit as a poster in the conference exhibition, held at the University of Salford, 14 June. For a person-centred service, the first priority is to support people to improve their lives. Secondly, the impact of the service on their health and wellbeing should be measured.
Cancer Advocacy service gains 2nd Quality MarkPosted on 13th April 2017 by Sam Bond
“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
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.
What’s next for Better Futures?Posted on 30th June 2016 by Matt Day
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.