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Brighton Marathon: Join our team!

Posted on 18th January 2018 by

marathon runners

If you’re a runner, new or seasoned, and want a challenge for 2018 – why not join Team Impetus for the Brighton Marathon?

The Brighton Marathon – Sunday 15 April 2018 – is a popular fixture in the running calendar. It’s a fast and flat course taking runners through the City and along the coast, taking in stunning views of the South Downs.

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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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    The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is coming to Westdene!

    Posted on 21st August 2017 by
    Befriender and volunteer out for dinner

    NCS volunteers become friends with an isolated person living nearby, visiting them at home for a chat and a cup of tea – some people even visit a local café together or go out for short walks

    Do you know someone who is isolated and would benefit from a volunteer befriender?

    Do you know someone who would like to become a volunteer befriender?

    Just 1 hour a week can make a real difference to someone’s life.

    Come talk to us about what we do over refreshments at
    The Barn, Westdene Green, 49 Dene Vale, BN1 5ED

    Wednesday 13th September 6-8 pm
    Thursday 14th September 10-12 or 2-4 pm

    We look forward to meeting you.

    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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    Community Navigation releases extended pilot evaluation

    Posted on 20th March 2017 by

    We have completed an evaluation of our social prescribing service’s extended pilot April-December 2016. Inside you will find information on what we have achieved, patient outcomes, case studies and more.

    This evaluation has been carried out to assess the effectiveness of the service and to highlight recommendations.

    You can download the full report here, or read a short preview (including the Executive Summary) in your browser below.

    (Click in the centre for fullscreen)

    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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