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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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Lord Shaftesbury opens sensory garden at Livability’s Victoria Education Centre

Livability’s Victoria Education Centre in Poole welcomed Nick Ashley Cooper (the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury) and the Mayor of Poole today for the official opening of a new sensory garden and covered walk way at the school. Victoria is a non-maintained, Ofsted-Outstanding special school in Poole, offering specialised, high quality education, therapy and care for …

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Livability is part of a Christian coalition looking at community approaches to tackling isolation

On a day where the government has launched a new strategy for loneliness, Livability is pleased to be part of a Christian coalition looking at community approaches to tackling isolation. Entitled ‘A Connected Society – a strategy for tackling loneliness’, the report highlights the importance of community connections and social prescribing, in helping people reduce …

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Government announces new strategy to tackling loneliness

Livability welcomes a new strategy on loneliness – launched by the government today. Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, Theresa May has said as the first cross-Government strategy to tackle it is launched. The Prime Minister has confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing …

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Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018 is the UK’s first national listing of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are helping make life better for themselves and others. Michelle (pictured above) was nominated for the Autism Leaders List in the category of Changing Communities. Michelle was previously supported at Livability Conwy service …

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