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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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Livability says a big Christmas ‘thank you’

Staff at Livability’s National Office got their Christmas spirit on this week by taking part in the charity’s annual telethon, ahead of Giving Tuesday on 2 December. Teams at National Office, whose work underpins the care and support Livability’s services provide for disabled children and adults, called dozens of supporters to thank them and share …

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New Livability research tackles communication barriers

Assessing a profoundly disabled person’s spoken language comprehension can present barriers, when the test relies on physical movements, such as pointing or verbal answers.  New research, pioneered by Livability’s Victoria Education Centre and just published, presents alternative assessment methods using assistive technology, which could help to direct disabled young people’s education and speech therapy goals. …

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Livability Icanho rehabilitation centre launches the UK’s first Vector Body Weight Support System used for brain injury

This week, Livability Icanho welcomed Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and special guests to the official launch of a specialist piece of rehabilitation equipment. Livability Icanho have enhanced their rehabilitation provision, with the first Vector Body Weight Support System in the UK specifically for use by people with acquired brain injury/stroke. The new equipment not …

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Sand, sun and sea: why wellbeing comes in waves

Living near the beach is a dream for many people. Like those who live at Livability Dolphin Court, our Essex residential home for disabled adults, who enjoy expansive sea views from their flats on the seafront at Southend. But if you’re a wheelchair user, popping out for a wander along the beach presents problems. Chair …

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