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Beating the barriers: James’ employment journey

Being disabled can mean you face more barriers, obvious and hidden, that pose no problem for people without a disability. Statistics on employment, for instance, show that disabled people are consistently put at a disadvantage. With Livability’s support, James is working hard to overcome these barriers and achieve his hopes and dreams. Voluntary work If …

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Celebrating National Co-production Week

During National Co-production Week, which runs from the 1st – 5th July, we take a look at what how our services are celebrating. As an organisation we are committed to co-production and how we can increase opportunities for this in all we do. So how are we doing this? True co-production is working with people …

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An Ability Sunday message from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Join me to celebrate Ability Sunday. Help remove the barriers that disabled people face in church. Ability Sunday is an invitation to mark a day of inclusion and participation in churches, with special consideration for the needs of disabled people. Jesus’ ministry saw him gathering people from all walks of life. As he grew this …

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How church is perfectly placed to support health and wellbeing

In a world that sees people as diagnoses to be fixed, the Church is perfectly placed to speak hope. Sanctuary Ministries of Canada are part of a growing movement of Christians involved in supporting churches to become places of health and wellbeing. We were excited to discover these fellow travellers who are, like Livability, committed …

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Great North Run hat trick for Vicki

Vicki Sharpe sees what a difference great care and support makes to the lives of disabled people, every day – so she decided to give some extra help by tackling the Great North Run (GNR). Vicki is locality manager for Livability North East, which supports 35 people, across a range of ages and abilities, with …

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Coalition support ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign and urge churches to do the same

A coalition of faith based charities called ‘Christians Together against Loneliness’ are urging churches to engage in the national campaign – Let’s Talk Loneliness, raising awareness of issues relating to loneliness and social isolation during Loneliness Awareness Week (17-21 June). The government campaign aims to reduce the stigma of talking about loneliness. ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ …

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From flower arranging to cookery – it all adds up! Alison’s volunteering story

A change in her working life gave Alison time to think about volunteering with Livability. In our final blog for volunteerig week, she tells us how she felt about working with disabled adults for the first time. Why did you start thinking about volunteering? I’d worked in Argos for 12 years but had back surgery …

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Beyond Boundaries – intellectual disability as a cross-cultural challenge

Mat Ray reflects on a recent event which brought together theologians and practitioners to explore the challenges that intellectual disability bring to our understanding of the gospel. He explores what mission experts learnt from disability theologians and vise versa and considers why it’s important for all of us.

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Bev’s volunteering story

During Volunteers Week we hear from a range of volunteers that really do make it all add up for the people that use our services and Livability as a whole. The week is a chance to celebrate the work they do and say a huge thank you for their commitment, passion and time. Today, read …

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Closure of Livability’s Victoria Children’s Home in Poole

On 2 May 2019, Ofsted suspended the registration of Livability’s Victoria Children’s Home in Poole. At the time, eleven children with significant special needs, including some with complex medical needs, were being accommodated and cared for at the Home. The suspension followed a previous inspection in August 2018 where the service was rated as requiring …

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