Impetus is a health and social care charity that enables vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Brighton and Hove to improve their wellbeing and quality of life. We achieve this via a number of front-line services that provide befriending, specialist advocacy, mentoring, training, social networking, peer support, volunteering and work placements for a wide range of vulnerable people.
Impetus has been providing independent advocacy to our client groups over a number of years. At the moment, this work includes providing advocacy to parents with learning disabilities and adults with learning disabilities who are victims of crime. Impetus also runs the local Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS), providing advocacy support to people who want to make a complaint about the treatment they have received from the NHS.
Our experience of delivering these services, and in working with a number of groups of people with different needs, shows us how important independent advocacy is to enabling individuals to have their voice heard, access appropriate support and feel less isolated by their condition or experience. We are very pleased to now have an opportunity to provide this type of support to people affected by cancer, working alongside colleagues in existing services within the city.
Around 1150 people in Brighton and Hove are diagnosed with cancer each year. The death rate amongst the under 75’s in the city is higher than the national death rate – at a national level, this rate has been steadily decreasing, but this is not the case in Brighton and Hove, where the decline has been very small.
The Impetus Macmillan Cancer Advocacy Service will provide advocacy to older people, adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and those with autistic spectrum conditions affected by a diagnosis of cancer. We are currently recruiting the new staff team and will be launching the service soon. Watch this space for further updates!
We hope to have a Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme specific webpage on our website soon but in the meantime you can get our contact details via our main website at www.bh-impetus.org
Natalie Brook, Deputy Chief Officer, Brighton and Hove Impetus