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Livability says a big Christmas ‘thank you’

Staff at Livability’s National Office got their Christmas spirit on this week by taking part in the charity’s annual telethon, ahead of Giving Tuesday on 2 December. Teams at National Office, whose work underpins the care and support Livability’s services provide for disabled children and adults, called dozens of supporters to thank them and share …

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New Livability research tackles communication barriers

Assessing a profoundly disabled person’s spoken language comprehension can present barriers, when the test relies on physical movements, such as pointing or verbal answers.  New research, pioneered by Livability’s Victoria Education Centre and just published, presents alternative assessment methods using assistive technology, which could help to direct disabled young people’s education and speech therapy goals. …

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Remembering Jean Vanier

Mat Ray, Livability’s Head of Church Partnerships, reflects on Jean Vanier’s legacy and the privilege of running a recent workshop based on his approach. As well as exploring the importance of welcome, of community, and of shared stories, Mat challenges us to live out Jean’s conviction that, “We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”

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Livability Icanho rehabilitation centre launches the UK’s first Vector Body Weight Support System used for brain injury

This week, Livability Icanho welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and special guests to the official launch of a specialist piece of rehabilitation equipment. Livability Icanho have enhanced their rehabilitation provision, with the first Vector Body Weight Support System in the UK specifically for use by people with acquired brain injury/stroke. The new equipment not …

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Sand, sun and sea: why wellbeing comes in waves

Living near the beach is a dream for many people. Like those who live at Livability Dolphin Court, our Essex residential home for disabled adults, who enjoy expansive sea views from their flats on the seafront at Southend. But if you’re a wheelchair user, popping out for a wander along the beach presents problems. Chair …

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Archbishop of Canterbury supports launch of Livability’s new mental health workshop for churches

At Lambeth Palace on Friday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby supported the launch of Livability’s initiative to help churches respond to the challenge of mental health in their communities. At a day conference which gathered Church of England clergy to explore themes of mental health and wellbeing, Livability sponsored the event, with the Livability Community …

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Me, my family and brain injury

Livabilty Icanho’s skilled support means there is hope for the Glass family after dad Tony’s stroke When Tony arrived at Livability Icanho, he was not in a good place physically or mentally.  Tall and strongly built, with a young family, Tony was struggling to cope with the disabilities caused by a stroke six months earlier …

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A conversation with Katherine Welby-Roberts – Live Well Together

In the lead up to the launch of Livability’s Live Well Together, the new workshop to explore mental health, we spoke to Katharine Welby- Roberts, author and mental health advocate. Katherine talks about what is changing in church responses to mental health and where the barriers still exists, as well as exploring what unique gifts …

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Let’s live well together: one church explores our new mental health resource

Churches are frequently on the frontline when it comes to supporting people experiencing mental ill health, something which motivated primary school teacher and church leader Alex Povey to try out Livability’s new Live Well Together course. Designed to enable church communities to develop healthy habits to foster ongoing good mental health and a mutually supportive …

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More faith, more joy, more love

Over the August bank holiday we joined the ONE event, a Christian festival organised by the Ground level network of churches, held on the Lincolnshire showground each year. This year around 4,000 people gathered over the scorching summer weekend to enjoy the festival, along with a team of volunteers and Livability staff who lead a …

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