The art of listening… is also the art of not talking

Being there for someone and really listening to them without feeling the need to come up with answers and solutions is something we can all struggle to do. Maggie Harding, who works with Livability’s Community Engagement team, shares how several recent stories have reminded her of the power of silence. I know I talk too much! I can’t seem to …

Join Pete at Parallel

So! You’ve been thinking about signing up to run/push with Livability at Parallel on 3rd September 2017. It’s in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park. There will be inclusive sport, festival fun, ice creams on tap, and great activities for friends and families. What’s not to like? It’s already a tempting mix. But now – there’s another reason to join in. …

Livability supports communion service at Greenbelt with a special focus on inclusion, celebration and accessibility

Livability will support an accessible and inclusive communion service at this year’s Greenbelt As one of the event partners of Greenbelt, Livability is delighted to be supporting the festival’s communion service on Sunday. Gathering thousands together, it will be a mass celebration of inclusion, community and everyone bringing their strengths, gifts and needs together. In the words of Greenbelt: ‘Each …

Smashing barriers: Catherine’s 13,000 feet sky dive

For most people, the idea of jumping from a perfectly functional aeroplane isn’t what you’d call their first choice of fun. Catherine, someone that lives at Livability’s John Grooms court might well disagree. 32 years old, Catherine was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Having lived at John Grooms Court for 12 years, she decided to …

Livability nurse receives prestigious award for international work in spinal injury rehabilitation

Fiona Stephenson – a specialist spinal cord injury nurse – has won the International Impact Award at the 2017 Cavell Nurses’ Trust Awards. Cavell Nurses’ Trust is a UK charity providing a range of support for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants across the country. The newly created International Impact Award recognises the vital role of UK based nurses, midwives and …

Victoria Education Centre wins the digital innovation award at prestigious schools awards

Victoria Education Centre – a school for young disabled people run by Livability – has received the Digital innovation/ed-tech school of the year award at the prestigious 2017 TES Schools Awards. The awards ceremony took place on Friday 23 June 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Now in its ninth year, the TES Schools Awards celebrates the extraordinary …

Livability becomes Platinum charity partner at Parallel London for a second year

Livability is proud to announce that it has become a Platinum partner of Parallel London – the fully inclusive fun push/run and family festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Held on 3rd September 2017, the event is all about mass participation and celebrating social inclusion. Everyone and anyone can enter Parallel London – disabled, and non-disabled, beginner and pro. …

A royal outing to Frogmore House and Garden for a passionate historian

As part of the charity’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Livability was given the special opportunity to invite guests to explore Frogmore House and Garden – an official royal residence. Livability Manager, Heather Alblas, recounts the day with Paul Robson who lives at Livability’s Barnabas House residential home in Southend. Paul has a real passion for art and historical artifacts as well …