All we need is…friends

Friendship is more than being around people, it’s about connecting with others. How does disability impact on making new friends? ‘Friendship is really important to me because you can have a good time and a laugh together, and you’re there for each other when you need to be.’ So says Claire, who lives at Livability’s Ashley Place residential home, her …

Livability Kenway Court celebrates its 10th anniversary

Ten years ago, doors opened for the very first time at Livability Kenway Court – a residential home in Southend-on-Sea. To celebrate its 10th anniversary we spoke to Service Manager Dianne Alexander about this significant milestone. Having been at Kenway Court from the very beginning, Dianne has great memories of the opening: ‘I can vividly remember the day we moved …

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 ‘heurgha’) although some people say …

Friendship Really Matters: Lonely Christmas no more: Combating loneliness in South West London

Being lonely at Christmas is a thing of the past for clients at a Regenerate RISE programme in south-west London. Loneliness is a year-round issue for over one million elderly people in the UK and as Christmas approaches, around one-quarter of pensioners are anticipating a lonely or unhappy Christmas, according to a recent report.* Livability’s community-focused ‘link’ churches, in some …

Vatican co signs Living Fully 2016 Statement and Charter for the Church where everybody has a place

Vatican co signs Living Fully 2016 Statement and Charter for the Church where Everybody has a place The Pontifical Council for Culture has continued its collaboration with The Kairos Forum and other delegates who attended the ground breaking international symposium and conference, “Living Fully 2016” in Rome in June this year. Among the international thinkers and activists gathered for the …