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 …

Friendship Really Matters: 29,000 people with learning disabilities worry about leaving elderly parents alone. This is how church community groups can make a difference

29,000 people1 with learning disabilities live with parents aged 70-plus. The Learning Disability Commission states that ‘People with a learning disability in this situation often find themselves isolated and have less time to make friends and engage in social activities, because they are worried about leaving an elderly relative at home alone.’ This problem is increasing, with the number of …

Friendship Really Matters: Affluence and isolation in the same postcode – How one church works to build connections in their community

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is renowned as being one of the most expensive in London. Surprisingly, it also has some of the highest levels of social housing and deprivation. Laytmer Community Church – part of Livability’s Link Church network – is situated right in the heart of this affluent area and has been working for decades to …

An Engaged Community In the Midst of Global Change

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Mister Rogers I chanced upon Fred Rogers when I spent the summer of my 21st year running a summer programme in inner-city Philadelphia. Mister Rogers’ television programme …

Creativity and the dementia friendly church – Livability explores approaches to support people living with dementia

The role of using creative approaches in developing dementia friendly churches was the subject of an event held yesterday by Livability. The event drew together church leaders, community workers and carers to discuss the vital role that churches can play in supporting people living with dementia. “We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living …

Church can be a place to welcome people living with dementia

We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living with dementia. Churches are ideally placed to make an important response, says Livability’s Associate on Dementia, Charlotte Overton-Hart. Churches can offer a place of welcome and support Churches – and other local partners – are right at the heart of their communities and have a great …