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Our journey and brand – the way forward

We are excited to be embarking on a new phase in the Livability journey. To mark the change, we’ve updated our identity and have some exciting work ahead. In this article and Announcement booklet, we outline the main headlines for the way forward. For over 170 years, Livability has been at the forefront of supporting …

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One volunteer who has made a world of difference to residents of Livability Keefield Close

21-year-old Saskia Burnett started volunteering at Livability Keefield Close as a befriender in 2015. When she arrived, she had already had some volunteering experience elsewhere, but immediately felt at home at the service. It quickly emerged that she was a gifted and exceptional care worker, who felt a genuine connection with residents at the home. …

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Celebrating our people – An IT specialist that’s increased efficiency and accuracy across the charity

Martyn joined Livability in July 2013 as Business Intelligence Development Manager. Since then, he has transformed the way information is gathered and analysed through the charity. Working hard to create a range of data solutions, he has developed the tools that enable more informed and better decisions to be made about how the organisation as …

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Building community connections is the secret of Hereford friends’ group success

The success of a friends group is not just down to the energy and commitment of the individuals who are part of it. It is also due to the strength of relationships – both within the group and with the service and local community. We talked to Friends members Tracy Aldridge and Liz Rogers talk …

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Three people living at Livability residential home in Southend win community award

Every year Southend Mencap put on an Achievers Awards ceremony and people nominate others. The staff team this year nominated three of the people who live at Barnabas House to receive awards. Sarah: for her courage in performing before others and her ability to adapt to new and unknown situations. In 2016 Sarah continued to …

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A new lease of life after a residential home’s refurshment is complete

As the saying goes ‘There’s nowhere like home’. For the people that live at Livability’s Oakview residential home in Aberystwyth, a refurbishment has given way to a completely new environment with greater possibilities. We all have lived in this house for approximately 30 years! However, for three months we went to live in holiday cottages …

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The art of listening… is also the art of not talking

Being there for someone and really listening to them without feeling the need to come up with answers and solutions is something we can all struggle to do. Maggie Harding, who works with Livability’s Community Engagement team, shares how several recent stories have reminded her of the power of silence. I know I talk too …

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Join Pete at Parallel

So! You’ve been thinking about signing up to run/push with Livability at Parallel on 3rd September 2017. It’s in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park. There will be inclusive sport, festival fun, ice creams on tap, and great activities for friends and families. What’s not to like? It’s already a tempting mix. But now – there’s …

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Livability supports communion service at Greenbelt with a special focus on inclusion, celebration and accessibility

Livability will support an accessible and inclusive communion service at this year’s Greenbelt As one of the event partners of Greenbelt, Livability is delighted to be supporting the festival’s communion service on Sunday. Gathering thousands together, it will be a mass celebration of inclusion, community and everyone bringing their strengths, gifts and needs together. In …

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Smashing barriers: Catherine’s 13,000 feet sky dive

For most people, the idea of jumping from a perfectly functional aeroplane isn’t what you’d call their first choice of fun. Catherine, someone that lives at Livability’s John Grooms court might well disagree. 32 years old, Catherine was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Having lived at John Grooms Court for …

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