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What it means to be a Support Worker – Karl shares his story

From disco dancing, singing at Asda, or trips to Blackpool – the life of a Livability support worker is never dull. Karl is a Support Worker with the Livability Conwy team, caring for two women with intellectual disabilities. He shares his story. Tell us about yourself I have a bit of diverse background – I’m …

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Understanding dementia – from the inside

Jennifer Bute was a senior GP in the UK when she developed Young Onset Dementia. She became determined to use the unique opportunity of experiencing dementia from the inside to find ways of understanding and living with it in order to help others and those who care for them.

This is an extract – looking at understanding behaviour – from her book, Dementia from the Inside: a Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope, written with Louise Morse.

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Loving your neighbour

Larry Platner and his wife Eea are committed to knowing and loving the people God has placed them among – those who live on the same London street. He shares what this means for them and why he believes it’s important to love our neighbours first before speaking to them of God’s love.

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Together for Good – a community approach to wellbeing

How can churches build a community approach to wellbeing and positive mental health? Livability are launching ‘Together for Good’ – a new, free resource designed to provide churches with Bible Studies and group exercises exploring the themes of happiness, meaning and wellbeing. It’s written and produced with wellbeing expert Dr Andy Parnham and Corin Pilling, Deputy Director of …

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Facing Blue Monday head on – Stephen’s Ucan story

Blue Monday returns on 21 January – the day deemed to be the most depressing of 2019. Better mental health is an outcome for many participants in Livability’s UCan programme, as they gain skills and confidence which can help them beat isolation and connect with their community. Poole resident Stephen Merrett tells us why he’s …

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How Altro volunteers make it all add up at Livability Keefield

Livability’s work is always enhanced and enabled with an amazing network of supporters and volunteers. Across the country they help by befriending those we support, cheering at sport events, or speaking and sharing our cause with others. Working with Altro to make a difference Altro are a are one of our corporate partners, who share their …

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Dress smart: how a jigsaw fashion project created community connections

Walk down Horbury High Street last summer and you may have spotted a showstopper of a dress in a charity shop window. The sheath dress, in a pale pink, is decorated with vintage-inspired scenes from nature – made out of jigsaws. It’s the kind of item you might spot on a fashionista’s blog, with a …

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Four keys that move us towards lasting happiness

In this extract from his recent book ‘Lasting Happiness: In search of deeper meaning and fufilment’, Andy Parnham looks at some practical ways we can all learn to handle the “what”; grow in the “how”; prioritise the “who” and discover the “why” that will help us all lead healthier, less stressed and more authentic lives.

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Walk tall – The chance to model has made a world of difference to Angela’s life

When Angela was asked about her dreams and goals for the year, as part of her personal care plan, she told Livability staff she wanted to be a model. Angela lives at a residential service for disabled adults in Conwy and is an active member of Livability’s day service in the town. Her work week …

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Join the journey for 2019

Welcome to 2019 everyone. A happy new year to you all. As the new year gets underway, we share a few ways to get involved with the Livability journey this year. What will your wellbeing life sum be in 2019? It’s easy to launch back in to usual routines, busy schedules and a variety of …

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