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Livability welcomes new report on the spiritual lives of people with learning disabilities

As a Christian disability and community engagement charity, Livability has always believed in the importance of spiritual life. Shaped by a broad and inclusive Christian ethos – we are committed to supporting people holistically – working to provide services and resources that enhance life – physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. In the last few years, …

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Marathons for the Mind – 44 Marathons Man meets HRH The Princess Royal

Bournemouth based running enthusiast Peter Thompson has set himself an immense personal challenge: On April 1st 2017, he will embark on an epic adventure and attempt to complete 44 marathons, in 44 days, in 44 countries. Called ‘Marathons for the Mind’ his challenge is to raise awareness and funds for mental health, supporting the charities: …

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Friendship Really Matters: What is therapeutic and positive about gardening? Two horticultural therapists share their view

Livability’s horticultural therapy programme ‘Flourish’ at Livability Holton Lee sees remarkable change in how people relate to each other. But why does this kind of therapy help to connect people? Our experts Dr Anna Sweeney and Emma Browning share their insights. Flourish works with people with a huge range of needs – disabilities, personality disorders, …

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Friendship Really Matters: How garden therapy can nurture friendships and help lives to blossom

Making real connections with others can be challenging, whether you live in an isolated village or at the heart of a city. Add a disability to the mix and finding friends can get considerably tougher, with barriers such as access, speech difficulties and transport issues coming into play. Livability Holton Lee, in Dorset’s tranquil countryside, …

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Creativity and the dementia friendly church – Livability explores approaches to support people living with dementia

The role of using creative approaches in developing dementia friendly churches was the subject of an event held yesterday by Livability. The event drew together church leaders, community workers and carers to discuss the vital role that churches can play in supporting people living with dementia. “We all need to find ways of creating more …

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Allotments, community and dementia

How tending a Brighton allotment is helping people living with dementia to connect to the world – and people – around them. An allotment with steps and a compost loo might not be the obvious place to take older people living with dementia for a morning out. But for a group of Brighton and Hove …

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Church can be a place to welcome people living with dementia

We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living with dementia. Churches are ideally placed to make an important response, says Livability’s Associate on Dementia, Charlotte Overton-Hart. Churches can offer a place of welcome and support Churches – and other local partners – are right at the heart of their …

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Getting back to nature in the forest can be a helpful support for people living with dementia

With an estimated 1 million people diagnosed with dementia by 2025, there is a real need to provide more support to those living with the disease. Getting reacquainted with the great outdoors through forest therapy is one way of improving wellbeing and lowering stress levels in sufferers. Forest therapy – also known as shinrin-yoku or …

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Supermarket quiet hours: creating an inclusive shopping experience for everyone

Supermarkets can be an enormous challenge: all those brightly coloured, branded goods, fluorescent lights and loud music. The sensory overload of large supermarkets can fray the steadiest of nerves. But for people who are on the autistic spectrum or with heightened sensory skills, this kind of environment is really daunting. Simon Lea is the Manager …

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Building Dementia Friendly Church: Livability and the Alzheimer’s Society publish new guidelines for church and faith communities

Livability and Alzheimer’s Society are delighted to announce the publication of this new resource to support those living with dementia. Created through the partnership of two national charities, Livability and Alzheimer’s Society, Developing a Dementia-Friendly Church is a practical and much-needed guide for churches and faith communities. Informed by churches from across denominations, this resource …

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