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Watching, waiting and hoping in the darkness

In the midst of dark times for many, Corin Pilling reminds us that Advent (the period leading up to Christmas) is all about hope based on a God who is with us in the reality of darkness. Believing it is a hope that darkness will never be able to overcome, Corin shares his conviction that those who carry out acts of kindness, neighbourliness and transformation – however insignificant or unseen – are bearers of that hope.

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Michelle wins the Changing Communities award in The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities we are delighted to announce an amazing award achievement for Michelle Williams. A passionate disability activist, Michelle has won the award for ‘Changing Communities’ in the National Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List. Michelle was previously supported at a Livability Conwy service in Llandudno, and now works at …

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The beauty treatments that build community in Brackley

Today is Giving Tuesday – new Livability supporter, beauty therapist Chloe Allinson, tells us why she and her partner Jamie decided to give to Livability. At this time of year, there are so many good causes to support – why did you choose Livability? ‘We’ve been living in Brackley for a short while, having moved …

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What is a livable life?

In the lead up to Christmas, Livability is launching a campaign to explore the question: What is a livable life? Visit the campaign area of our web site to watch our new film, get resources for a connected life and read real life stories about the people we support. What’s livable and what’s unlivable? 50% …

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Beer, Bruno and Brackley: bring it, says Livability litter group

When Livability Brackley started a litter picking group to support the local community, they weren’t expecting it to lead to free drinks – and Frank Bruno. The group goes out regularly to tidy the area, supported by staff from this East Midlands service, which works with people with a wide range of ability and living …

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Finding a moment of calm on National Stress Awareness Day

The 7 November marks National Stress Awareness day. Regardless of whether you are a city dweller or live in a remote part of the UK, we all face daily and an often, growing to do list. Work, health, finances and family are just a few of the elements we try and balance, often forgetting about …

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Is your happiness adding up?

Andy Parnham reflects on the three categories of happiness – pleasure, engagement and meaning – and shares how this has profoundly impacted who have been involved with Livability’s Happiness Course, which he devised. He also looks at what simple activities give us all greater wellbeing and contentment – and how we can build them into our lives.

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Getting the best out of life with Direct Payments: how Livability’s support makes a difference

Accessing your care and support through direct payments is a completely new – and often scary – landscape for someone who has been supported in residential care most of their life. It can also be a great opportunity for a disabled person to fine-tune exactly how they want to be supported and to use this …

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Plants, friends and community blooms at the Green Cabin

The Green Cabin opened its doors this week to an eager crowd awaiting a first glimpse of the plants, home grown vegetables, jams and chutneys all made with produce from the Flourish garden at Livability Holton Lee. Pete Thompson of Marathons for the Mind officially opened the shop following his mammoth challenge this summer, running …

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Making your Christmas card list? Livability’s Christmas cards are now on sale

Through Livability services we are proud to enjoy the art and talent of some really creative people. From our Art by The Sea group in Livability Ashley Place (Bognor Regis), our students at our Further Education College Livability Nash College (Bromley), or the horticultural and craft activities at Livability Holton Lee, creativity abounds! That’s why …

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