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Vote for Livability in Sainsbury’s Charity of the year scheme

Since 2009 Sainsbury’s local charity of the year scheme has raised over £11m. Last year alone stores raised £1.2 million for charities. Livability has made it’s way into a few of the shortlists, where we are one of three chosen local charities Sainsburys would like to support. This is where you come in. The final …

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Making space for dementia: how two people’s approach to care made such a difference to someone living with dementia

Yo Tozer-Loft is a professional singer and storyteller, a mother, a wife – and a carer. She cared for her father, who had a dementia diagnosis, for two years until he died. She tells us here about the impact that reaching out to someone with advanced dementia can have on the person and those around …

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Caring from the inside: one woman’s experience

Yo Tozer-Loft is many things: a professional singer and storyteller, a mother, a wife – and a carer. She has cared for her father and her mother-in-law in her own home, journeying with them through years of living with dementia. Here she talks about the impact of caring on her life and friendships, finding support …

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Curry, care and being a Kylie fan – Why personalised care really matters to Ashaq

This week, Ashaq cooked a curry for dinner. No biggie perhaps, but for Ashaq, this apparently simple task represents a long journey out of pain and loss, with the support of an expert Livability residential care team. Ashaq was at the lowest point in his life when he arrived at Livability York House, home to …

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The Art of Slowing Down – providing spiritual support to people living with dementia

Corin Pilling reflects on what he has learnt leading services in a care home. He shares the discovery that simple activities offered with time, patience and the opportunity to participate have the power to build deep connections among a group as well as with God.

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The Search for Clarity and Confidence – how to work out your Christian Distinctive

Livability team members Anna Ruddick and Ruth Young both have lots of experience in advising Christian organisations on articulating their Christian ethos. This is the story of how they recently helped London-based youth organisation Hebe work out who they are in relation to their faith. We also find out why it matters for everyone to be clear, consistent and confident and Anna and Ruth share their top tips.

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How our volunteers make it all add up

This Volunteers’ Week, we catch up with volunteers and staff from across Livability to hear how it adds up in their area. With good support, innovative care and positive community connections, people’s health and life outcomes can do much better. But, we can’t do it alone – we rely on our family of volunteers to …

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Livability joins ‘Christians Together Against Loneliness’ to tackle isolation amongst older people

Livability has become part of a new faith based coalition called ‘Christians Together Against Loneliness’ to tackle isolation amongst older people. The partner organisations backing the resource include: Livability, The Salvation Army, Linking Lives UK, Pilgrims Friend, Torches Trust, Parish Nursing Ministries UK, Care Home Friends and The Gift of Years. Why Make a meal …

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Loneliness can creep in when you are no longer able to connect with the outside world

‘Time to Talk Befriending’ is an initiative that provide life-changing inter-generational befriending services for older people who feel extremely lonely. Founder Emily Kenward, chats to Livability about loneliness, honouring the wishes of older people and why capturing people’s faith memories is so important. How did Time to Talk Befriending come into being? In 2012 we …

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My faith matters – capturing what matters to me

For many people living with dementia, their faith and spirituality play a vital role in their lives. In the week that Livability launches ‘My Faith Matters’ a new resource for churches, we spoke to Church Minister Mhari McLintock about her journey in faith and living with dementia. How important has your faith been throughout your …

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