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Vote now help us get GamesAid funding!

Posted on 31st August 2016 by

We are delighted to have been nominated for GamesAid funding, which would support our work with young people and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome at a critical time for our ASpire project. The special element of GamesAid funding is that it is voted for by its members, people who are involved in the gaming industry.

Games Aid - vote now logoGaming is very close to many of our service users with Asperger’s who attend our ASpire social group. Gaming can provide people with Asperger’s with a unique opportunity to socialise, communicate and make friends. New game releases and favourite games are often a hot topic of conversation amongst our service users, who can struggle to communicate due to their condition.

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Valuing local grants

Posted on 23rd October 2014 by

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.

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Two Good Things in a Day – Thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation

Posted on 24th July 2014 by

Monday, 21st July, was a good day for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS). Volunteer Co-ordinator, Assuntina Cardillo-Zallo, and I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the BBC Sussex radio presenter, Alison Ferns, during an outside broadcast from St John’s Day Centre in Hove. This was part of BBC Sussex’s day devoted to the theme of combatting loneliness. During the day, several NCS members and a volunteer were interviewed. However, the outside broadcast featured many groups engaged in activities to combat loneliness: St John’s Day Centre, of course; the Trust for Developing Communities, the Hangleton & Knoll Project, the LGBT Switchboard, a yoga teacher, and a singing group.

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Snip, Snip, Snip – The Real Impact of Voluntary Sector Cuts

Posted on 4th March 2014 by

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.

How The Argus reported the Save Our Grants rally

How The Argus reported the Save Our Grants rally, featuring a conspicuously red-coated Impetus CEO.

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.

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The Recession Hits Impetus

Posted on 24th April 2009 by

I have been involved in a number of discussions about how the recession will affect local charities and how infrastructure organisations like ours can help them. Our Performance Development Service will have an important role here. One of the biggest issues is fund-raising of course. The NCVO research claims that third sector organisations often do okay in recessions. However we have already lost a small amount of income from our high interest bank account. Income from that source is now almost negligible. More importantly two of our recent trust fund applications replied to us that they really liked our applications but that, due to the recession, they were not making any more grants to organisations that are not already funded by them. Although the government is putting money into the economy to help get it going this seems to be in the banking and manufacturing sectors. We live in interesting times!

People’s Millions

Posted on 1st December 2008 by

Hi Everyone

I’m sure you all know by now that unfortunately we lost out on the People’s Millions funding. Whilst it’s disappointing, the whole process has given good coverage to the Volunteer Centre and volunteering (and Tom’s Sandwich Bar!) and the support for the project has been really good. We’ll keep putting the bids in!

Thanks to everyone for their support.


People’s Millions – Big Lottery Fund

Posted on 4th November 2008 by

Filming took place this morning. Gareth Evans will be the presenter. Several volunteers took part in the filming including a volunteer from St John’s Day Centre so thanks to them and Kim. The final part was filmed at St John’s which is an older people’s project. So vote for us on the 27th. You can vote between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Calls from landlines cost 10p. You can make up to 10 calls from one number. The number will be available from our website on the day or from the Meridian News programme which goes out 6 p.m. More details are available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

People’s Millions – Save a life

Posted on 3rd October 2008 by

Alison has applied to the Lottery  – People’s Millions – for £34,000 to pay a volunteer co-ordinator to get people with mental health issues into volunteering. There is loads of research to show that volunteering really helps mental health. We also know from the Equalities Audit commissioned by the Council that mental health is a severe issue in many parts of the City.

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