44 marathons, 44 European countries, 44 consecutive days

On April 1st 2017 Peter Thompson begins an epic adventure: 44 marathons across 44 European countries in 44 consecutive days! This will involve running a marathon within every country in Europe – all to raise funds for the mental health support work of the Flourish project at Livability Holton Lee and the work of MIND.

You should read more about this amazing attempt here…

Neil Jameson, Citizens UK

Organising communities for action – an interview with Citizens UK Exec Director, Neil Jameson

Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. Their work has seen widespread campaigning for the Living Wage, major support in the Refugee crisis, and trains thousands of community leaders and volunteers to take action on key issues in their communities. Livability interviewed Neil Jameson – the organisation’s Executive Director– about the value …

Livability speaks to MPs ahead of general election

Over the past few months at Livability we have been in conversation with our residents and staff to find out about the issues which matter most to them ahead of the general election. As part of this process we organised two informal hustings at York House and Nash College. Whether it has been small groups or rooms full of people, …

Livability reacts to general election result

Here is Livability CEO, Dave Webber, on what Livability hopes of the new government.  As the new government is established we hope that they will share our desire to ensure that the most vulnerable people in our society are cared for and protected. We will continue to champion the rights of disabled people and hope that the incoming government will formulate policies …

Livability supports the Parliamentary decision on the Assisted Dying Bill

Friday 11 September saw the House of Commons vote on the Assisted Dying Bill, an issue on which MPs have voted for the first time in almost 20 years. The bill outlined proposals for a right to die in England and Wales and allow some terminally ill adults to end their lives with medical supervision. 118 MPs voted for and …

Disability benefit delays ‘unlawful’ says High Court

The High Court ruled today that a delay in paying benefits to two disabled people was ‘unlawful’. Two claimants asked the judge to declare that Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith had breached common law and human rights duties to make payments via Personal Independence Payments within a reasonable time. The two Claimants had been forced to wait for 10 …

Livability’s responds to the Queen’s speech 

On Wednesday 27 May, the Queen addressed Parliament at its State Opening. In the Queen’s speech, the Government outlined its plans to further integrate health and social care. Dave Webber (CEO of Livability) said in response: ‘We welcome the government’s commitment to improve greater integration between health and social care, which in principle, has significant potential to improve the lives of …

Livability’s look at the Cabinet reshuffle

Following the newly elected Conservative government, Livability has produced a table of the new Members of Parliament serving within the constituencies where Livability’s services are based. (Click here). A number of new MPs were appointed including Will Quince MP for Colchester (Treetops), Michael Tomlinson MP for Havant (where Blithe, Chartwell and Orby House are based) and Oliver Dowden MP for …

Livability speaks to MPs ahead of tomorrow’s election

Over the past few months Livability has been organising conversations between our residents and staff with MPs and prospective candidates, to find out about the issues which matter most to them ahead of the general election. Livability organised two informal hustings at York House and Nash College and also created a 10 day video campaign called Loud and Clear. York House …

What the manifestos say about disability…

Last week, the main political parties in England and Wales launched their manifestos. Disability Rights UK (which Livability is a member of) have produced a comprehensive summary document on the key policies and how it will impact disabled people. Disability Rights UK: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2015/april/election-manifestos-2015 As part of Livability’s pre-election activity, we have spoken to a number of our residents across our services to find …