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Volunteers needed to help improve wellbeing in Brighton and Hove

Posted on 19th March 2018 by

The nationally-recognised charity Brighton & Hove Impetus is recruiting more volunteers for their Community Navigation service, linked to GP practices across the city.

The volunteer Community Navigators help people improve wellbeing and reduce isolation by connecting them with services and activities in their local community.

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Not No One

Posted on 18th November 2016 by

People hand in hand

Last month, in the space of a week, I dealt with five situations that really brought home to me the fact there are many people without close family or friends who have no one actively looking out for them as they struggle with frailty, depression and illness. This absence was a powerful factor as any physical illness in reducing their resilience and increasing the stress and anxiety — and loneliness — of their difficult lives.

In fact, in all these cases, the individuals did have someone — volunteers from the Neighbourhood Care Scheme. Here, briefly are some of the situations.

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Neighbourhood Care Scheme expands into Moulsecoomb and Bevendean

Posted on 3rd November 2016 by

One in nine households in the Moulsecoomb area is inhabited by someone over 65 who lives alone

The Neighbourhood Care Scheme is delighted to announce that its award-winning befriending service is now available to the residents of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean. With recent statistics showing that the Moulsecoomb area has a higher than average percentage of older people living alone, this expansion feels all the more important.

Danielle at Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre

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Mining Gold – NCS on Volunteers’ Week

Posted on 2nd June 2014 by
Sean NCS Mining Gold

Sean, NCS Service Manager, mining the rich seam of neighbourly good will!

In 2008, at the end of our Big Lottery Funding, the Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS) in collaboration with the Health and Social Policy Research Centre at the University of Brighton held a conference on “You, Me, Us: Neighbours, Communities and Care”. Here is part of my welcome address for the conference:

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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.

So many new mentors!

Posted on 9th November 2010 by

I am overwhelmed by the number of enquiries from people wishing to become mentors with ASpire – 14 in the last 3 weeks. Our next training session should be full to the brim with aspiring Aspirers and I’m very much looking forward to working with them all.

We Need You!!

Posted on 27th October 2010 by


I’m new in post as Project Leader at ASpire, although I have been with the project in various guises for the 5 years of its operation. Outside of ASpire, I have written a number of books on Asperger syndrome and deliver training across the country to increase understanding of autism and Asperger syndrome.

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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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