Prospects joins Livability
In May 2016, the charity ‘Prospects for people with learning disabilities’ became part of the Livability family. Initially joining the Livability group structure, Prospects will be a fully integrated part of Livability and the Livability brand within 2 years.
Motivated by a dynamic and inclusive Christian ethos and with a clear commitment to disability care and social inclusion, both charities identified significant areas of shared mission and strategic alignment.
Placing the people we support at the heart of all we do, our charities combined strengths and expertise to deliver a broader portfolio of care services, church and community projects around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Endorsing this announcement
Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Livability’s President: ‘I was delighted to see Prospects joining the Livability family to share their resources, experience and passion. Both charities do extraordinary work, empowering those with disabilities to play a full part in the body of Christ and to bless the church and wider community with their gifts. I look forward expectantly to see what new possibilities emerge from this exciting partnership. Please join me in prayerfully supporting this next chapter in the journey.’
Dave Webber, CEO of Livability: ‘As Christian charities, Livability and Prospects have a strong track record in practically living our faith through disability care, church and community work. Prospects joining Livability is a wonderful opportunity for impact and change. It’s certainly not news that disabled people in the UK are too often at the brunt of cuts to public services and shrinking budgets. They often face increasing social exclusion, health limitations and poorer life opportunities. Charities like ours must mobilise local people, resources and strengths to take the lead and work together for lasting, positive change across our neighbourhoods. With our service users, we must explore together what will make our communities livable for all we support.’
Mick Ledden, CEO of Prospects: ‘Prospects was founded as “Christian Concern for the Mentally Handicapped” at a time when disabled people were often locked away in institutions, out of society. Over the past forty years, with the support of local churches and the communities in which they live, we have been instrumental in establishing a range of quality services for people with learning disabilities and their families. We have provided ministry training and resources to enable churches to become more accessible, building a UK-wide network of church based support groups.
Delivering the best possible service and experience for the people we support is top priority for our charities. With such an alignment of ethos and strategic focus, joining our operations and expertise with Livability will enable us to enhance sustain and deepen our work. We are really excited to be extending our impact by joining the Livability Group.’