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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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The biggest blanket in Steyning

15th Feb 2016
The biggest blanket in Steyning
Service users at the Dingemans Centre & Cafe, Steyning, have spent the last five months knitting a large blanket which is being donated to The Salvation Army. The project began back in September with Gill and Christine, two volunteers at Dingemans, taking the lead and encouraging people to knit over coffee and during afternoon talks. Over the course of five months the quantities of squares grew and grew and there have been many attempts at finding the perfect design. In fact the blanket is not quite finished yet, as there is still a row of squares to add. One volunteer has been working tirelessly, sewing them together at home. The Dingemans Centre & Cafe is open three days a week, offering minibus trips and group activities to people aged 55 and above. For those who just fancy popping in for coffee or a home cooked lunch the cafe is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. For more information call 01903...
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