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Welcome to 2017 – celebrating some of our favourite stories of community and care

Welcome to 2017 everyone! We can’t wait to get underway this year in sharing inspiring stories from our charity about how people are connecting with their community. In our first article of the year, we take a moment to read some of our highlights from the year that’s gone and look forward to all that lies ahead.

Livability and the Alzheimer’s Society publish much-needed practical guide for church and faith communities

Churches don’t have to have expert knowledge to be important places of welcome and understanding for people living with dementia. This year, Livability partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society to launch guidelines for creating a dementia-friendly church.

Student from Livability’s Victoria Education Centre meets with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to help raise awareness for mental health

Students at Victoria Education Centre great at sharing issues affecting disabled young people. One student was invited to speak to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge about her passionate concern for young people’s mental health.

Developing support for people recovering from spinal cord injury – Construction work begins at Livability Holton Lee

Without proper rehabilitation, spinal injury patients can live lonely lives, unable to join in the communities they used to be part of. Livability is determined to make a difference with our new spinal injury centre at Holton Lee, Dorset

One adult education class brings people together through art

At Livability’s West Sussex service – Ashley Place – an art class has led to treasured friendships between a diverse group of people

Livability announce exciting new chapter in our charity’s story

The family just got bigger. Learning disability charity Prospects has joined Livability, combining strengths and expertise to deliver a broader portfolio of commissioned care, church and community work focused on helping churches to welcome people with learning disabilities into the church community

Share Your Story – listening to the people that use our services

Sharing our story with others is part of how we build community together. But what if you face challenges with communication? Livability believes everyone’s story is valuable and worth taking the time to listen to. That’s why we started to run a number of ‘Share Your Story’ workshops, to provide another route for the people we support to share their experiences with the charity.

Celebrating an inclusive community centre where everyone is welcome

A space that works for me: Jess Long shares her views of an accessible design

After 20 years Livability opened a national office that is accessible for everyone. Staff member Jess Long expressed what a difference this makes to her working life.

Our Patron HRH Princess Royal unveils new Livability care home in Bognor Regis

2016 marked another exciting Livability move, as service users in Bognor Regis relocated to a state-of-the-art, fully accessible care home on the seafront. Our Patron HRH The Princess Royal met residents’ friends and family when she opened the new Ashley Place

A day of community and celebration as we take part in Parallel London

What does everybody taking part look like? We found out when friends and supporters, old and new, joined Livability as Platinum Charity Partner to create Parallel London, the world’s first fully inclusive push/run.

Livability responds to the Nepal earthquakes – one year on

One year after Nepal’s catastrophic double earthquake, Livability International is working with Nepali partners to support spinal injury patients as they rebuild shattered lives and communities.

HRH The Princess Royal meets London’s business community to raise profile for the needs of disabled people

London’s business community got excited about Livability’s vision at a City lunch hosted by our Patron HRH The Princess Royal. The Princess highlighted some of the challenges faced by disabled people in the working world – and what Livability is doing about this issue.

Want to get involved this year? Visit our Events page here.

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