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2015 Election – our soapbox: Health and Social Care

Posted on 31st March 2015 by

The election is 36 days away and the campaigns have started in earnest. I was at home last week when the Labour candidate for Hove & Portslade came door knocking, so I grabbed the chance to tell him about some of the issues we at Impetus think the candidates should be focusing on. Here’s the first in a series discussing the things that we know matter to the people we work with. 

Polling Station sign

Photo Credit: secretlondon123, cc

Number 1: Changes to Health and Social Care

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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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Volunteer Policy and the 3R promise

Posted on 11th June 2013 by
Impetus, along with numerous other organisations, signed up to the 3R promise championed by Volunteering England. We promised to endeavor to get it RIGHT from the beginning, offer means to achieve RECONCILIATION if things go wrong, and accept RESPONSIBILITY for our volunteers and their well-being.
From May 2013, this promise is now enshrined in the Impetus Volunteer Policy, which is published on the website. Expectations are set out for the relationships between Impetus and our volunteers.

Open Data no substitute for adequately funded public services

Posted on 28th June 2012 by

The Guardian reports this morning that the Cabinet Office will publish an Open Data White Paper later today, including:

“plans for releasing statistics from every government department over the next year” and an expectation that it will “commit government in future to a general presumption in favour of publishing public sector data, and take further steps toward extending the policy to all organisations which deliver public services, including private contractors.”

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Two launches, one message – listen to us…

Posted on 5th April 2012 by

Tuesday was a day of launches for me, first up the collaboration between the University of Brighton and Age UK Brighton & Hove Wellbeing in Old Age: findings from participatory research , followed by the exciting Q Kit, a tool for people with learning disabilities to check the quality of care.


So, Wellbeing in Old Age – I was impressed by the depth of involvement of older people in the long term research undertaken by the Uni and Age UK, although it seemed a small and homogenous cohort of both those involved as researchers or as interviewees.

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Patient voice – but whose voice?

Posted on 27th March 2012 by

I was one half of a rather heated exchange of views over the weekend about the Health and Social Care Bill, which as just limped over the Parliamentary finish line into law, battered, bruised and in a slightly different shape to when it set out – but in law nonetheless and now the Health & Social Care Act. My sparring partner said ‘but I thought it was all about patient voice. How can you, of all people, be opposed to that?’. And of course, I’m not. Bigger issues of the Bill aside, let’s look at what we know about patient voice and how this might now play out.

If patient views are to be at the heart of the new arrangements there needs to be a way of making sure people’s voices are heard, but this is no simple task. Continue reading…

Budget – crunch time in more ways than one

Posted on 22nd February 2012 by

Brighton & Hove City Council will make final decisions on its budget for 2012-13 next week, and the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum is calling for the protection of front line services and warning against ‘salami slicing’ of budgets. Valid and important points, but there’s more to this story – what the sector needs to do to respond to a very different environment.

The voluntary sector in the city has become fragmented and divided, with history, personalities and old disagreements at risk of being bigger than the problems we’re trying to tackle. We simply can’t justify having, for example, 15 organisations providing infrastructure support (help with setting up or running your organisation). There are numerous examples where the city has two, three or even more organisations all addressing the same issue in slightly different ways in slightly different geographical areas, with slightly different approaches and intentions.

What has struck me since I started working in this sector in Brighton last year has been that we have more in common than we have differences. Continue reading…

In with the new

Posted on 3rd February 2012 by

It’s New Year, new Chief Executive here at Impetus. Steve Lawless has left us after 7 years service to Impetus and a lifetime of service to communities – we thank him very much for his expertise, commitment and positive contributions!

I’ve been in post part-time since the beginning of January, taking over full-time from Steve on 1 February and so far so good! One of my challenges will be to balance the needs of a changing and growing organisation with external representation and strategic influencing.

This week I’ve been writing our response to the Brighton & Hove Council consultation on their Equality and Inclusion policy.

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Impetus Policies

Posted on 7th April 2010 by

Volunteer Policy and procedures after a minor amendment to wording. Also adopted was a new Whistleblowing Policy and Procedure which aims to help people to raise any serious concerns they might have about Impetus with confidence and without having to worry about being victimised, discriminated against or disadvantaged in any way as a result.

Impetus Volunteer Policy

Posted on 12th March 2010 by

Impetus has for some time had a Volunteer Policy. It relies upon the same Grievance Procedure, Disciplinary Procedure and Capability Procedure as were written for staff. Staff are governed by employment relations law, whereas volunteers are not. To keep up with changes in the law, the Grievance Procedure and Disciplinary Procedure need changing.

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