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Love has no barriers

And let us consider how we may encourage one another to love and do good deeds….Hebrews 10: 24 On Valentines, we are reminded about love – how and whom we love.  Staff across our services are in a unique position to not only demonstrate acts of love and kindness every day. They also have the …

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Making a way for the spiritual

Disability can be a barrier to developing your spiritual life. Travelling to a place of worship can make it challenging to join with others – but at Keefield Close in Harlow, Livability’s residential care home for disabled adults, the local church comes to them, in the form of vicar Barbara. Once a fortnight, Revd Barbara …

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From stroke to success: giving back to Livability Icanho

Last week, 24 January, Bob Power presented a £1,000 cheque for his gratitude to Livability Icanho, our brain injury rehabilitation centre in Suffolk. The money was raised by Bob’s fitness company, Next Level Fitness, which he founded after receiving life-changing treatment and therapy at Livability Icanho, following a debilitating stroke, which enabled him to regain …

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Feeling blue? Take on the Livability 5 day happiness challenge

Feeling Blue? You’re not alone. The beginning of the year can be challenging for many of us as we navigate the cold and dark. Corin Pilling offers three things you can do to help lift your mood in winter. At this time of the year, many of us hit a seasonal low.  Even though we’re …

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My brilliant life after brain injury: Trisha’s story

‘I was such a mess! In my head I was scared, worried, and I had no money. Life was just dreadful.’ So says Suffolk resident Trisha, speaking about the days and weeks after she was knocked off her bike, sustaining a head injury. ‘I was cycling to a client’s and it’s the only time I …

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Communication is key – Making the most of assistive technology at Livability Treetops

Learning to use assistive technology can smash communication barriers for disabled people, allowing the person to use social media or their smart phone to stay in touch with family and friends. Livability services devote many staff hours to training and assisting the people we support with alternative communications aids. At Treetops, Livability’s Essex residential home …

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Tired of Resolutions? Learn last year’s lessons whilst embracing the new

As we start the new year, Corin Pilling, who heads up Livability’s church partnerships team, reflects on the opportunity the new year gives to both reviewing and planning ahead.   A very Happy New Year to all of you! If you’re like me, I suspect the annual question ‘Have you made any resolutions?’ often takes …

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Walking away from injury: Zara’s story

Walking from John O’ Groats to Land’s End – more than 1,000 miles – is quite a challenge. When Zara Dyer decided she was going to attempt this feat, she had a few barriers to cross – including learning to walk again. Zara sustained a brain injury in 2016 following a car crash in the …

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Driving home for Christmas

We all love a heartwarming story at Christmas. Mandy Nixon, who manages Livability Treetops high-dependency residential home, tells us: ‘I have a new maintenance man, Stewart, who has offered to work Christmas to take five of our residents home to their families for the day and pick them up later. None of them would have …

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Prayer Diary: January – April 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of the Livability’s Prayer Diary. Dear friends, This time of year can feel hard. With the cold weather and short days, spring feels a long way off. And if you have overspent on Christmas, or set yourself unrealistic new year’s resolutions, then life can feel even harder! One of the …

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