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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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Joy to the world, say Livability students

Original Christmas songs, devised by students at Livability Nash College, spread love and joy at the charity’s much-loved carol celebration this year. Four students – Jake, Onyi, Ben and Kemal – wowed the audience with their song and dance numbers. Rehearsals began in early December, with the student troupe contributing to the themes of the …

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The Livability difference

New manager Viren Vythilingum joined Livability from the commercial sector, his first experience of working with a disability charity. He manages Livability Anvil House, a residential home for adults with profound cognivitive disabilities.  Viren tells us why he thinks Livability services provide something special for the people we support. How long have you worked in …

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A hope-filled message and a compassionate community – what churches offer for good mental health

Every week there are people sitting in our congregations who are experiencing social isolation because of mental health challenges. Many of these people will never tell anyone. For those who are suffering in silence, what is the answer? And is the Church prepared to care well for those who are open about their experiences? In …

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Christmas, a story of unexpected welcome

This Christmas, Livability is proud to partner with Lifewords, an organisation that shares the message of the Bible around the world. What do you expect this Christmas? The usual people, the usual food; the usual films on TV; the usual family arguments? Familiarity can bring a comfort with it, and with that, predictability. The Christmas …

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