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Agenda for Making Tomorrow a Better Day Conference

12th Sep 2018
  Following our ‘save the date notification’, we have now finalised the full agenda for the Making Tomorrow a Better Day Conference on November 13th at the University of Sussex Conference Centre. You can download a copy of this agenda here: Click here to download the agenda We are really excited about the content and the speakers lined up including Duncan Selbie, CEO of Public Health England and hope you will be able to join us. Further information and booking details can be found by visiting the Making Tomorrow a Better Day Eventbrite page: Click here to book your place on Eventbrite In addition to the presentations, there will be time for informal networking and working together to seek solutions to key...
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Save the date: 13th November 2018 – Conference on building on innovation and resilience

15th May 2018
Back in 1978 a conference was held at University of Sussex to see how local authorities, voluntary organisations and churches could work better together for the benefit of people living in Sussex who most needed support to enable them to live a healthy and fulfilling life, and was spearheaded by Peter Bunker OBE and the Duke of Richmond. At the time, it was thought to be ‘a splendid idea but one that would not work, as the respective bodies would not trust one another!’ Our organisation, Impact Initiatives, was conceived as a result of this conference taking place. To celebrate 40 years of working with local authorities and health bodies to support people to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing, we are now planning a similar conference relevant to the present day. The Vice Chancellor of University of Sussex and the University’s Communications and External Affairs team are now working with us on developing the conference, with directors from Sussex statutory bodies (including Public Health) also involved. The keynote speaker will be Duncan Selbie, CEO of Public Health England. The conference will take place on November 13th 2018 at approximately 9.15am – 4pm at the University of Sussex’s Conference Centre, with the aim of facilitating a discussion and subsequently agreeing further actions on how we should proceed to build on existing innovation and strategies which enable people to support themselves and others to become healthier, stronger and more resilient individuals and communities. Other speakers will be confirmed in the next few weeks. Delegates attending will be decision makers and front-line service delivery staff from statutory and voluntary sector...
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VIDEO: Older People’s Festival 2017

16th Apr 2018
Check out this video below which includes highlights from last year’s Older People’s Festival:   Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all future updates on this year’s...
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Lin and Paul are going trekking in Wales to raise money for The Hop50+

26th Jun 2017
Lin and Paul are going trekking in Wales to raise money for The Hop50+
Hop50+ Centre Manager Lin Hastings will be embarking on a 186 mile trek with husband Paul at the beginning of July. Help Lin and Paul reach their £1,000 target by sponsoring them  through JustGiving: Click here to visit Lin and Paul’s JustGiving page. “The Hop50+ is a fantastic local charity project based in Hove, East Sussex offering a community space and cafe to vulnerable and isolated people aged over 50. All the money I raise will be used directly to support their work. Everyone who goes to the Hop has their own reason for being there, but loneliness is the common condition. People build friendships, find or rediscover interests, enjoy a healthy, home cooked meal, volunteer, befriend others, have a therapy treatment, a day out, an Art session, enjoy Yoga or Gardening. We live in a time of austerity and money is tight with the service facing continued financial cuts. Please give what you can to support this valuable, life enhancing service for people in later life.”  ...
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Carers Week 2017

5th Jun 2017
Carers Week 2017
A carer’s story … I suppose what struck me first, was that I hadn’t realised I’d become a carer!  I’d always supported my parents, but when my dad developed vascular dementia, I just found myself doing more, helping out with hospital appointments, being at home so my mum could go shopping, being there when my elderly mum who developed mental health issues herself, wasn’t coping, helping both my parents navigate the help available… read...
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Contact Point for Befriending Launched to tackle Isolation in Brighton & Hove

21st Dec 2016
A new service to streamline befriending services across the City is being launched this week. Local charities Impetus, Impact Initiatives and Time to Talk Befriending have joined forces for the first time to create a single place to find out about befriending in Brighton and Hove. The aim of the new Contact Point is to direct referrers and volunteers to the best suited befriending group in the City. It is part of a new project to ensure that befriending is available to people across the whole city. There is more information at www.bhbefriending.org.  Jo Ivens, CEO of Brighton & Hove Impetus, explains “We are delighted to be part of the new initiative. We know from years of experience with our own Neighbourhood Care Scheme that it can be very confusing for people who need a befriender to find the right organisation to go to.  Now, simply by phoning a single number (the Befriending Contact Point), they will be guided to the most suitable group for them.  It will also make things much easier for busy health and social care professionals to access befriending for their clients. Isolation is a critical issue in Brighton and Hove and we look forward to continuing to expand the work of the partnership, supported by the CCG.” In 2014, befriending organisations including Impetus’ Neighbourhood Care Scheme, Impact Initiatives and Time to Talk Befriending, came together to form the Brighton and Hove Befriending Coalition to share good practice, resources and discuss more effective ways of working together. Last year the eighteen groups in the Coalition enabled more than 600 volunteers to support over 800 older...
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The Hop 50+ Minibus Appeal

28th Oct 2016
The Hop 50+ Minibus Appeal
We need your help to secure funding for a much needed minibus at The Hop50+, so we can continue to provide services for isolated older people in Hove. To find out more about The Hop 50+, and to vote, please visit The Hop50+ Minibus Appeal page here: https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/16-1600 It only takes a couple of minutes to register; we would be most grateful if you could give your votes to the The Hop50+ Minibus...
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Older People’s Festival 2016

12th Jul 2016
Older People’s Festival 2016
Two weeks of eclectic celebrations and events for people aged 50+. International Older People’s Day is October 1st. To celebrate this year we will be bringing the first Brighton and Hove Older People’s Festival. This  will build on the success of previous years events in celebrating the contributions and achievements of older people in our City. The Festival will run from 26th September to 7th October 2016 and will provide a wide range of events across the City for people aged 50+ to enjoy and get involved in. We are thrilled to be working with previous and new partners to produce the Festival and have a series of exciting events already planned and more in the pipeline. These are all based on this year’s international themes which are;  Full of Life; full of adventure, full of memories, full of relaxation, full of industry, full of it! The Festival will be widely promoted both on line and in a Festival Brochure which will be distributed from the beginning of September. To keep up to date with what we’re planning for Older People’s Festival 2016, please visit our Older Peoples Festival Webpage More information will be posted soon but If you would like more information at this point or are organising an event (or want to) which we could support or promote in the brochure please contact Caroline Ridley by Email: Caroline.Ridley@impact-initiatives.org.uk  Tel: 01273...
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Digital Champion offers free IT support at The Larches Cafe

10th Mar 2016
Digital Champion offers free IT support at The Larches Cafe
The Larches Cafe in Coldean is offering free IT support and mentoring on Monday 14th March, from 9.00am until midday. The session is part of a ‘One Digital’ collaborative programme to help thousands of people across the UK to get online. One Digital is a unique collaboration between six diverse organisations to create a sustainable and far reaching digital inclusion solution. Age UK, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, Citizens Online and Digital Unite with its partners Affinity Sutton and AbilityNet have joined forces to develop the One Digital programme which will recruit, train and support 1,400 Digital Champions nationwide. Glenn Lloyd, Digital Champion for Brighton & Hove, will be answering any of those IT niggles that you have. Bring along your devices – laptops, tablets, smart phones etc, or simply log into the laptop an the cafe. As well as being on hand to answer your questions the Digital Champion will also be able to signpost to other great resources for more support and actually sourcing equipment. Glenn said: “Helping other people to see how they can find information about bus timetables, email photos to their family or order their shopping online is really rewarding. Sometimes people find it difficult to complete the online forms that they need to access benefits or look for work, and we can help with these too.” For more information about this session contact glenn.lloyd@citizensonline.org.uk. Further information about One Digital is available at...
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