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Great North Run hat trick for Vicki

Vicki Sharpe sees what a difference great care and support makes to the lives of disabled people, every day – so she decided to give some extra help by tackling the Great North Run (GNR). Vicki is locality manager for Livability North East, which supports 35 people, across a range of ages and abilities, with …

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Coalition support ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ campaign and urge churches to do the same

A coalition of faith based charities called ‘Christians Together against Loneliness’ are urging churches to engage in the national campaign – Let’s Talk Loneliness, raising awareness of issues relating to loneliness and social isolation during Loneliness Awareness Week (17-21 June). The government campaign aims to reduce the stigma of talking about loneliness. ‘Let’s Talk Loneliness’ …

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From flower arranging to cookery – it all adds up! Alison’s volunteering story

A change in her working life gave Alison time to think about volunteering with Livability. In our final blog for volunteerig week, she tells us how she felt about working with disabled adults for the first time. Why did you start thinking about volunteering? I’d worked in Argos for 12 years but had back surgery …

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Beyond Boundaries – intellectual disability as a cross-cultural challenge

Mat Ray reflects on a recent event which brought together theologians and practitioners to explore the challenges that intellectual disability bring to our understanding of the gospel. He explores what mission experts learnt from disability theologians and vise versa and considers why it’s important for all of us.

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Bev’s volunteering story

During Volunteers Week we hear from a range of volunteers that really do make it all add up for the people that use our services and Livability as a whole. The week is a chance to celebrate the work they do and say a huge thank you for their commitment, passion and time. Today, read …

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Closure of Livability’s Victoria Children’s Home in Poole

On 2 May 2019, Ofsted suspended the registration of Livability’s Victoria Children’s Home in Poole. At the time, eleven children with significant special needs, including some with complex medical needs, were being accommodated and cared for at the Home. The suspension followed a previous inspection in August 2018 where the service was rated as requiring …

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A Dementia Inclusive Church Guide: Travelling Together

As Dementia Action Week draws to a close, Charlotte Overton-Hart, Livability Dementia Associate, shares reflections on what it means to live with dementia and ways we can work together to to respond to the challenge of dementia. Each Dementia Action Week sees more people tuning in to the reality of what it means to live …

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Celebrating nursing at Livability Treetops

Mandy Nixon, registered nurse and acting manager at Livability Treetops, tells us about the difference that good nursing care makes to people’s lives and futures. Livability’s portfolio of services includes highly specialised, residential nursing care as well as caring for people with spinal and brain injury, and high-dependency needs. Tell us about Livability Treetops We’re …

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HRH The Princess Royal attends ‘Meet the Makers’ to celebrate disabled artists

A Beatles jigsaw dress, fiery dragon, metal work sculpture and bumble bee mosaic – all got royal attention this week, at an event celebrating the art and creativity of disabled people. ‘Meet the Makers’ was an inspiring event hosted by Livability in the presence of Livability’s Patron – HRH The Princess Royal, to showcase art, …

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Rallying round the rota – enabling those with dementia to remain on active service

Charlotte Overton-Hart works with the Community Engagement team on dementia. She is passionate about enabling those with dementia to continue participating in church and community life and contributing their gifts & service as long as possible. Here she discusses how, with a bit of tweaking and the introduction of a buddy scheme, people with dementia can remain active members of the congregation.

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