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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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Making Brighton & Hove a Fairer City for Parents with a Learning Disability

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Sam Bond
Sam Bond, Advocacy Services Manager, Brighton & Hove Impetus

At Brighton & Hove Impetus, we believe passionately in working towards an inclusive city. Where we identify social challenges, we work with other agencies to have conversations about the perspectives of our service users.

We have lots of examples of having done this across the city, one of which is the work we have done with Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) about the rights of parents with learning disabilities.

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Mayor of Brighton & Hove attends our Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s 20th anniversary party

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Sean, Mayor Dee Simson and Jo

Councillor Dee Simson, the current Mayor of Brighton & Hove, attended our Neighbourhood Care Scheme’s 20th anniversary party. The event was held Sunday, 1 July, at the Sallis Benney Theatre.

The mayor addressed more than 100 invited guests and friends – past and present Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) members and volunteers, key partners and Impetus staff and trustees – and spoke about the issue of loneliness and social isolation in the city.

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Measuring impact on health & wellbeing: Community Navigation service features at international conference

Posted on 12th July 2018 by

Social activities

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.

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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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