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Together for Good – a community approach to wellbeing

How can churches build a community approach to wellbeing and positive mental health? Livability are launching ‘Together for Good’ – a new, free resource designed to provide churches with Bible Studies and group exercises exploring the themes of happiness, meaning and wellbeing. It’s written and produced with wellbeing expert Dr Andy Parnham and Corin Pilling, Deputy Director of …

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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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Seasonal Self Care – summer wellbeing, a time to reflect and connect

Charlotte Overton-Hart encourages us to take a step back to consider some seasonal ways of looking after our own wellbeing.

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Flower power – How ‘greening’ their road is bringing a Bournemouth community together

Social isolation and loneliness are big challenges that Livability is determined to tackle – and sometimes it’s the small things that get people out of the house, working together and building their community. In Dorset, Livability is part of a network of community-focused agencies called the Poole Conversation, who are actively living out community cooperation. …

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Peter Thompson and the people at Flourish share why his Tour de France challenge really matters

Livability’s wellbeing initiative ‘Flourish’ has been a big inspiration to Peter Thompson in his Tour de France challenge. The Dorset based horticultural therapy project promotes wellbeing, mental health and community. So what will his bold attempt mean to the people that participate on the project? What motivates him about Flourish and how it promotes mental …

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The Boot Camp volunteers that turned a minus into a plus after wellbeing burglary

When the going is tough, having a community that comes alongside – ready to get down and dirty – can make all the difference, as a Livability service in Dorset discovered recently. Utility vehicle burglary at Livability Holton Lee Livability’s wellbeing discovery centre at Holton Lee is on an outstanding, 300-acre nature reserve, criss-crossed with …

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Celebrating our people – A Project Worker dedicated to improving health outcomes for disabled people through horticultural therapy

Much has been written recently about the healing power of nature. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Livability Holton Lee, where the Flourish project offers a range of land based activities to disabled adults. Anna Sweeney, Programme Lead of Flourish, comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in working with people with …

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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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Friendship Really Matters: Growing confidence and friendships together at Livability Holton Lee

Everybody can give something – and that’s how friendships thrive – at Livability’s wellbeing discovery centre. Walking around the gardens at Livability Holton Lee, everyone seems to be getting on purposefully with something – from weeding and digging to preparing vegetables to sell. Holton Lee’s volunteers represent a wide range of disabilities and challenges ‘but …

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