Why is Livability needed? – Livability

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Why is Livability needed?

Right now, many people in our society are facing barriers that cause them to be socially isolated. Disabled and vulnerable people are often most at risk.

From lack of awareness for disability and mental illness, homelessness, unemployment, or lack of education opportunities, the obstacles are obvious. Social isolation is a growing problem in the UK. Britain has been called the ‘Loneliness capital of Europe’.

  • One-third of people with dementia said they lost friends following a diagnosis. Almost one in ten only leave the house once a month (Alzheimer’s Society).
  • 3.6 million people aged 65 and over agree that the television is their main form of company (Age UK).
  • 50% of disabled people will be lonely on any given day (Sense).

Why does it matter?

Isolation is a health risk

Social isolation is seriously bad for your health. When people are socially isolated, their life and wellbeing outcomes are lower.
But research shows that when people enjoy good community connections, their health, life outcomes and wellbeing are far stronger.

What is Livability doing about it?

How Livability connects people with their community

Livability understands how to make communities work for people. We help people to take part, contribute, and be valued. Through a range of disability services, community projects, training and support, we’re working to break down barriers and tackle isolation.

We create connections between our disability services and community work, to deliver joined-up responses to local care needs and reduce social isolation.

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