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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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Club 0 – 100

Posted on 22nd September 2016 by

NCS at Brighton & Sussex Medical School Freshers' Fair

It was really good last week to attend the Freshers’ Fair at Brighton & Sussex Medical School at the invitation of students from the Society of Geriatric Medicine who would like to create buddying opportunities for medical students. The positive stories of NCS volunteer Helen Schilizzi and scheme member Jackie Grossman attracted a lot of interest. We look forward to following up with the new students in October.

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Stella and Sheila – Fifteen Years of Laughing and Learning Together

Posted on 18th August 2016 by

Stella and Sheila NCS

We would like to congratulate Stella Salmon, one of our scheme members in North Laine, on reaching her hundredth birthday in August. Stella attributes her longevity to luck and time – though a continuing interest in learning and an abiding love of Schubert’s music might also have made a contribution. We wish Stella a lot more luck and time in which to enjoy the things she loves.

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Volunteers’ Week Day 12 — Ian Snoxell

Posted on 12th June 2016 by

Ian Snoxell Impetus

Volunteer’s Name: Ian Snoxell

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Impetus central team

What do they do?

Ian is Impetus’ Volunteer Receptionist. He is responsible for answering the door and welcoming visitors, helping with mail outs and franking, and other office tasks such as shredding. Ian also supports other volunteers with additional support needs who volunteer their time at Impetus.

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Volunteers’ Week Day 11 — Sheila Wood

Posted on 11th June 2016 by

Sheila NCS at Palace

Volunteer’s Name: Sheila Wood

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Neighbourhood Care Scheme

What do they do?

Sheila is a long-serving volunteer who began volunteering with NCS in 2003, following the death of her husband.

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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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Volunteers’ Week Day 9 — Bunty Bateman

Posted on 9th June 2016 by

Bunty Bateman Community Navigation

Volunteer’s Name: Bunty Bateman

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Community Navigation

What do they do?

85-year-old Bunty is a volunteer Community Navigator who supports people to take up services and activities they need and want. This can be anything from helping someone get out more and meet new people, to arranging an advocate or advisor. Navigators find and give people the information they need and help them access the right services and groups.

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Volunteers’ Week Day 8 — Jason Eade

Posted on 8th June 2016 by

Jason Better Futures

Volunteer’s Name: Jason Eade

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Better Futures

What do they do?

Jason, 26 years old, was supported by Impetus’ Better Futures service to find and get started in the role of Front of House volunteer at the visual arts organisation and art gallery, Fabrica. Due to having an autistic spectrum disorder, Jason found meeting new people difficult. However, he was able to share knowledge about the art exhibitions with groups of visitors and was praised for his warm and positive impression.

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Volunteers’ Week Day 7 — Nellie Mills and Lucy Cross

Posted on 7th June 2016 by

Lucy Cross NCS

Volunteers’ Names: Nellie Mills and Lucy Cross — Duke of Edinburgh Volunteers

Which Impetus service they volunteer for: Neighbourhood Care Scheme

What do they do?

Both Nellie and Lucy (pictured above) were only 14 and 15 respectively when they started with the Neighbourhood Care Scheme as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering.

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