How is my Neighbour?


How is my neighbour?Developing Livable Communities

We want to work together to start a movement led by the church of serving our communities and asking our neighbours ‘How are you?’ and responding to them with action that will address the local need and transform the community.

Across our communities trust is eroding, stress is increasing and inequality is on the up. How do we love our neighbours when we don’t know who or how they are? This day is designed to be the start of a conversation about how Christians can act creatively to increase the ‘livability’ of our communities.

The day will include:

  • Plenary session on a theology of Livable communities and rediscovering shalom in the 21st Century.
  • Inspiring presentations on models of intervention to increase wellbeing in our communities.
  • A 60 minute taster of Livability’s new Happiness Course for community groups
  • An exciting and interactive exhibition of organizations with resources to help your work
  • Creative networking opportunities throughout the day
  • Tools for you to take away and utilise in your own context

The above photos are from our last event – on the left, Nat Gillett does live art throughout the talks. On the right, Paul Burstow MP talks about the governments role in promoting wellbeing.

This is for you…

If you are passionate about your community and interested in asking “how is my neighbour?”. If you need practical ideas, people to be inspired by and are interested in better articulating your involvement in building a healthy community please join us.

Our training days are generally run by the community engagement team however on occasion we have an outside facilitator (or we work together with an outside facilitator).

If you would like us to run a bespoke version of the course in your locality please get in touch.

 

Tell me more:

Across our communities trust is eroding, stress is increasing and inequality is on the up. Across the UK more people are reporting a reduction in their economic, health, social and spiritual wellbeing. This is made even worse as global corporations tell us that happiness means consuming more and sharing less. However, our children are the unhappiest in Europe.

Livability has spent over 160 years working to improve life for disabled individuals and disadvantaged communities. We recognise we need to act creatively to increase the ‘livability’ of our neighbourhoods. We believe this can come from anyone, but also that Christians have a unique motivation and credibility to contribute towards building whole, safe, inclusive and flourishing communities by demonstrating the compassion of Christ..

As a nation we are richer and better connected than ever. With ‘friends’ easily accessible on the web our neighbourhoods trust is eroding, stress is increasing and inequality is on the increase. How do we love our neighbours when we don’t know who or how they are? 5 million people aged over 60 say they now consider the television to be their only source of company.