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Hope as an Act of Resistance

Corin Pilling explores the nature of hope and discovers it is most powerful and life-giving when it is collectively nurtured and shared. When we come together as friends and communities to articulate things – however small – that inspire and encourage hope, we will find it is a force to be reckoned with. ‘No-one has …

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The Reason I Jump – experiencing autism through a boy’s eyes – David Mitchell

In 2014, a new book hit the shelves: ‘The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism’. Written by a thirteen year-old boy ‘Naoki Higashida’ and translated by the award winning Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, the book gives his perspectives and experience of a life on the spectrum of autism. David …

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Hygge and happiness – choosing friendship this new year

Sharing, being kind, relaxing with friends – Gay Search discovers how to hygge for the new year. The latest export from Scandinavia to arrive on our shores along with snowflake sweaters, Scandi-noir thrillers and blonde wood IKEA furniture is the Danish concept of hygge. There is no direct translation in English of the word (pronounced …

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44 marathons, 44 European countries, 44 consecutive days

On April 1st 2017 Peter Thompson begins an epic adventure: 44 marathons across 44 European countries in 44 consecutive days! This will involve running a marathon within every country in Europe – all to raise funds for the mental health support work of the Flourish project at Livability Holton Lee and the work of MIND.

You should read more about this amazing attempt here…

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An Engaged Community In the Midst of Global Change

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Mister Rogers I chanced upon Fred Rogers when I spent the summer of my 21st year running a summer programme in inner-city …

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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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Are our communities a place of belonging for all? Working for partnership and inclusion

When asked to imagine a community, we would probably describe a group or groups of people brought together by interests, shared space, beliefs or experience. Not that this suggests that conformity is necessary to the cohesion of any given community. Communities are, in fact, enormously enriched by the diversity, uniqueness, experience and expression of every …

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We make the road by walking – carving out space for participation in the community

I’ve just returned from a week of walking a section of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. For those unfamiliar with it, the Camino is a traditional route of pilgrimage in tribute to St. James, running across the top of Northern Spain, East to West. Its landscape is varyingly beautiful, mundane, and often challenging due …

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Neil Jameson, Citizens UK

Organising communities for action – an interview with Citizens UK Exec Director, Neil Jameson

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The biggest challenge to creating an inclusive society is human nature

Andrew Douglass is the Chief Executive of the events company “Innovision” and Founder of Parallel London. His team deliver pioneering and creative events for major brands including the BBC, Redbull, the Olympics, Pirelli and Aston Martin. He spoke to Livability about his reflections on inclusion-focused “Parallel London” and the value of events in creating social …

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