Celebrating 2021 with Livability

2021 was another exceptional year for everyone – a year of challenges amongst continued restrictions and changes as a result of Covid-19. But, we’re here to bring you some uplifting highlights from the year from our Livability community.


What’s new?

We’re delighted to be supporting more people with disabilities at a new Livability service in Wrexham, as well as via 15 new care packages around the country. Part of Livability Conwy, Wrexham is a supported living service for four women who share a house, and our care is bringing all sorts of opportunities the housemates hadn’t had before. The charity is raising funds to create a sensory garden at the four-bedroom house, where residents can grow vegetables as well as flowers. Staff have accessed iPads and smartphones for the household via a council scheme, which is a new source of entertainment at the service. Acting service delivery lead Kay describes resident Michelle* as ‘a thrill seeker – she loves rock climbing, skiing, dancing so we’re working towards having fun with things like that’. Read more > Thriving at Livability’s new service

Miles and miles of support

Supporters have run and cycled many miles for Livability this year, raising valuable funds for our work. Ian, who received treatment at our rehabilitation centre Livability Icanho, following a brain injury, has completed his virtual John O’ Groats to Land’s End cycle challenge on his therapy bike. Former music teacher Ian was unable to walk when he arrived at Icanho. He says: ‘I’ve gained mobility and confidence. Icanho gave me so much – all the staff are absolutely brilliant.’ He completed the gruelling 1,000 miles this autumn and raised a staggering £2,511 for Livability Icanho. Read more > Ian’s virtual cycle challenge

Not only that, but we had 27 people running the London Marathon 2021, raising £40,000 for our work. Plus Edgar, staff member at Livability Horizons, undertook a gruelling 100k run in 24 hours around Bournemouth, to raise funds. He calls the people he supports ‘the heroes, because of the challenges they overcome every day’. Read > Running to the horizon

Jingle bells

Nash College, our FE centre for young people with disabilities, went the whole hog with Christmas celebrations this week, after a challenging year for all in education. Reindeer, donkeys, snow machine, choir and hot chocolate made for a Christmas extravaganza, enjoyed by students, families and friends. The visiting animals, from a therapy centre, are more than just cute; donkeys are calm and tolerate sudden movements and noise, making them particularly suited to autistic students.

And finally … it all adds up

For those who like numbers, we’re proud of all the statistics behind the care we provide every day for children, young people and adults with disabilities. We ran over 37 shared supported living services this year and cared for 80 people in their own homes or in the community. We supported people across a range of age and ability in our 26 residential care homes in England and Wales. In total, we delivered 1.4m hours of support over the year. And this meant we used £750,000 pairs of gloves and 350,000 each of face masks and aprons.

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Want to support our work in 2022? Take a look at our Skills for Success appeal 

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