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Better together: how Gwenda’s gifts make a Welsh church complete

Gwenda is a busy and committed member of Emmanuel Church in Llandudno, where she has worshipped for 25 years. Bilingual in Welsh and English, Gwenda regularly gives the Scripture reading in the service, helps to count the offering, seeks out visitors to welcome them, takes part in prayer ministry and is a regular member of …

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Ability Sunday – Simon’s story

This September Livability is inviting churches across the UK to join in unity to champion inclusion and participation in their community, with special consideration for the needs of disabled people. Ability Sunday will take place on the 8th September to celebrate people’s unique gifts that can enrich churches and communities, when everyone is included. Simon’s …

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Seeing the carer, seeing the person

With 6.5 million carers in the UK, caring is a reality which is likely to touch all of us who are part of a congregation. Even if people do not formally recognise themselves as a ‘carer’ they may still be offering support to someone. Yet our experience at New Wine United last week proved that …

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Gemma’s royal commendation for her work in disability sport

The arrival of her mail changed a regular morning into a red letter day for Bournemouth resident and former Victoria Education Centre student Gemma – when she opened an invitation to a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace. Gemma, honoured by this invitation because of her work in disability sport, said it came as ‘a …

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Livability services put their party shoes on

2019 has been Livability’s year for throwing a big party, with three residential services celebrating decades of care and support for disabled adults. All three services celebrating big birthdays – Livability York House in Shrewsbury, celebrating 30 years, Hallgate in Hexham with 25 years and Beaumont Court in Prudhoe, 20 – were launched by the …

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Building wellbeing in our services – views from support workers

Wellbeing is something we talk about a lot at Livability – because when people tell us they’re feeling good about life, we know we’re providing the right sort of care and support for them. Building someone’s wellbeing usually involves staff working one-to-one with people who use our services, to co-produce a way forward so the …

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All needed and valued: Ability Sunday opens doors to everyone

We all need each other, and everyone has a part to play, was the clear message at one Northamptonshire church where they celebrated Livability’s Ability Sunday with a packed congregation. Ability Sunday is designed to be a day of inclusion and participation in churches nationwide, with special consideration for the needs of disabled people. Brackley’s …

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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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