Our work with churches and communities
Livability’s Christian ethos is very important in our work. We’ve been partnering and resourcing churches and communities for years. We have a strong record in ground-breaking community engagement training, providing a wide range of coaching skills, training and resources on how to overcome social isolation in community life.
We believe every community is rich with the capacity to care. So we draw people, talents and resources together to create community responses to local care needs and opportunities.
We train churches and communities across the country on how to tap in to local strengths and resources, to the benefit of their neighbourhood.
We also apply much of our community expertise to our disability services- ensuring that the people we support have opportunities to connect with their community.
Livability is a passionate advocate of the local church as a powerful agent for change. We equip churches to tackle barriers in community life that fragment society and decrease people’s wellbeing.
Livability works with a range of churches in the UK, supporting and resourcing them to meet the needs of local people.
The Happiness Course, Dementia Friendly Church and Ability Sunday are all resources that Livability provides to churches and community groups across the UK.
Livability’s work with churches over the years
Building on our 170 year heritage from the work of The Shaftesbury Society and John Grooms, we’re proud to continue a longstanding commitment to tackling social isolation in our society. Inspired by our Christian ethos, Livability’s work with churches has seen us:
- Create a Dementia Friendly Churches pack in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and trained over 600 people in one year since it’s launch.
- Train a wide range of community leaders in the Livability Happiness Course – equipping them to grow wellbeing and develop tools to reach out to the local community.
- Be a long standing associate of the national faith and arts festival – Greenbelt.
- Launch a training tool called ‘Fullness of Life’ with the Church Urban Fund for people to reimagine approaches to Christian engagement in community life, based on models of co-production.
- Raise awareness and understanding for the needs of disabled people at church through a wide range of training tools and resources
- Continue the Ability Sunday campaign that began with the charity Prospects (who merged with Livability in 2016). The campaign has seen 220 churches running special disability-focused services.
- Take our ‘Churches Inc’ charter to churches across the UK, who made commitments to ensuring their churches are accessible, inclusive and creating a place of welcome for disabled people.
- Raise awareness for mental health in churches, through our involvement in the Mental Health Partnership and helped to create the Mental Health Access Pack.