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 …

Friendship Really Matters: A supportive community is the key to recovery following spinal injury

Experiencing a life-changing injury can be a devastating blow. Two amazing individuals from Nepal share their experience of spinal injury and how connections in their communities encouraged them to embrace life again. Nirmala’s story Nirmala Karki was a teaching student in her home region of Ramechhap in Nepal. She was collecting animal feed at her home when she fell, injuring …

Friendship Really Matters: Art By The Sea – How one adult education class brings people together through art

The sea has inspired artists for centuries and this is also true at Livability’s Ashley Place service on the seafront in Bognor Regis, where a community art class called ‘Art By The Sea’ brings together a diverse group who love learning together. The weekly class was launched at Ashley Place through the staff and residents’ close connections with their community. …

Friendship Really Matters: What is therapeutic and positive about gardening? Two horticultural therapists share their view

Livability’s horticultural therapy programme ‘Flourish’ at Livability Holton Lee sees remarkable change in how people relate to each other. But why does this kind of therapy help to connect people? Our experts Dr Anna Sweeney and Emma Browning share their insights. Flourish works with people with a huge range of needs – disabilities, personality disorders, addictions. Why do you think …