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Love Wins – Celebrating the power of kindness in the face of violence

Livability’s Corin Pilling reflects on the actions of the citizens of London and Manchester, considering what happens when courage and compassion combine. ‘God of compassion and mercy, amidst the pain and trauma of this day we turn to you, for through Christ crucified we know that you have taken to heart the suffering of our …

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Livability joins the call for protection of disability benefits

As part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), Livability has joined more than 60 other charities to call for no more cuts to disability benefits. With the next General Election just days away, the DBC is urging people to sign an open letter to Party leaders explaining how vital it is to protect disability benefits. …

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Ten ways for your church to be more inclusive of people living with dementia

No two people experience dementia in exactly the same way. What may be a help for one person may not be for another. Dr Jennifer Bute – a keynote speaker at Livability’s ‘Creativity and the Dementia Friendly Church’ event last November – offers ten ways to overcome the ‘no one-size-fits-all’ approach when considering what churches …

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Holding onto hope by your fingernails?

Burnout is a particular risk for those in the trenches of front line church, care and community work. If you are the person who is seen to hold hope for the community, what happens when you find yourself digging from a dry well? Livability’s Corin Pilling explores the challenge of hope in community work. Many …

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Becoming ‘one of us’ – one church’s community engagement journey

Locality is a national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. The organisation has been identifying different locations around the UK as ‘Community of the Month’ and has recently recognised a community partnership in Rotherham called Kimberworth Park. Ruth Smith is one of Livability’s Community Engagement Advisors and has …

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Livability joins four Christian charities calling on churches to support the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness

Livability have come together with four Christian charities to encourage churches to play a major role in the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness and its first monthly focus on older people. Start a Conversation: lead the way on tackling isolation Under the Commission’s slogan ‘Start a Conversation’, the charities want to mobilise Christians to help …

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Loneliness doesn’t discriminate – Ten top tips for starting a conversation

A report by the Alzheimer’s Society found a third of people living with dementia said they lost friends following a diagnosis, and almost one in ten only leave the house once a month. Independent Age found more than 1 in 3 people aged 75 and over say that feelings of loneliness are out of their …

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Loneliness doesn’t discriminate

‘Young or old, loneliness doesn’t discriminate.’ – Jo Cox MP The challenge of overcoming loneliness in our communities has come under sharp focus in recent years. Our lives are busier, our commutes are longer, and our families are often spread to the four corners of the globe, leading to less time together. Key life transitions …

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London Marathon will be half-way point in Marathons for the Mind: 44 Marathons, in 44 days, in 44 Countries for Mental Health

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. Starting in Russia, the challenge will see him run in every country in Europe, with the London Marathon being …

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Lent – a time for discovering our true identity and celebrating and affirming others in theirs

Lent – can it be a good time to recognise our own vulnerabilities and reconnect with our own true identity? Celebrating and affirming the good things we see in one another can be a powerful route to deepening friendship and building community, says Livability’s Corin Pilling. By the time you are reading this, our annual …

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