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Ethos and values

Livability has a dynamic and inclusive Christian ethos.

Welcoming people from all faiths and none, we work together towards the good of the whole community.

Our Christian ethos is our DNA – it’s why we were founded 170 years ago and it’s why we still exist today. We remain as inspired and challenged as our founders were by the radical message of Jesus Christ. We are committed to using all of our resources to make this world a place where everyone can find their place and take part.

We strive to connect people with their community and reduce social isolation for all. Because of this ethos, we choose to be open, enabling, inclusive and courageous.

Our charity president is The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.


Our values

Open – we are open and real

We strive to be warm-hearted, straightforward and honest. We take time to listen to each other and to the people and communities we work with, because that is how we learn and grow.

Enabling – we think people are amazing

Everyone has something to offer, if they are just given the chance. So, as well as helping with basic needs, we help people take part and be valued in their communities – because that is what makes life livable. We are ambitious to achieve real change.

Inclusive – we demand fairness

Far too many people are excluded by unnecessary barriers in our society. We want to live in a much fairer world where we are all valued equally, not just for what we have in common, but for what makes us different too. We all share a responsibility to make that a reality.

Courageous – we are the best we can be

Each day we ask ourselves, what can we do better? In work, as in life, we are motivated by our promise to make life better for people and their communities and we hold ourselves accountable for the difference we make.

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