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 …

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: Can online communities offer genuine friendship and new beginnings?

The media loves to publish scare stories about the dangers of the internet and tells us that we shouldn’t let virtual relationships replace real, flesh-and-blood ones. But for so many people online communities can be a lifeline and lead to lively friendship groups, shared interests, genuine support and new opportunities. Kayleigh Walters and Jess Long are two of three Service …

Friendship Really Matters: Getting to rock bottom and back again

Being part of a close-knit community is important to everyone, but crucial to those struggling with mental illness or addiction. Holton’s Lee’s Flourish programme is a wellbeing project that helps connect people and set them back on the road to recovery. Stuart and Rachel both know what social isolation feels like. Following job loss, divorce and a severe nervous breakdown, …

Are you London Marathon ready?

Marathon enthusiast John Forgen reveals why he loves stepping out in his running shoes and how it feels to cross that finish line. I usually get up early and slip out quietly so as not to wake my 7-month-old son – if he is asleep! I try to run between 6 and 10 miles daily – usually quite slowly! I …