History and track record
Created by a merger of the charities The Shaftesbury Society and John Grooms in 2007, Livability is building on a 170-year track record of ground-breaking community work.
Our charity’s forefathers John Grooms and Lord Shaftesbury were pioneers of social change in their day. Livability is inspired by their story and strives to deliver impactful and relevant services that meet the needs of society today. Livability is proud of a heritage that:
- pioneered free school education and sheltered workshops, which were among the first of their kind in the 1800s.
- broke new ground by taking disabled young people out of hospital wards and into schools.
- supported disabled people in our schools and colleges, improving the vocational opportunities for many.
- has been at the forefront of raising awareness for disability and mental health issues within the UK church and developed a rich portfolio of community engagement training used by churches across the country.
- seen us work with one in three local authorities, helping them meet the challenges of a changing care sector.