Improvements underway as Home Design Appeal gathers steam

Livability’s main fundraising campaign, The Home Design Appeal, is almost a year underway and going from strength to strength.

Over a quarter of disabled people say they do not frequently control over their daily lives. Disabled people have told us they like having their own front door, that they like to live in spaces where they can meet others and create friendships. But without properly adapted housing, disabled people’s independence is severely reduced. It is from this issue that Livability’s Home Design Appeal was created.

Home Design Appeal logo

Livability aims to raise more than £1.1million by June 2016, to improve facilities in six of our residential care homes for disabled people. These include sites at John Grooms Court in Norwich, Treetops in Colchester, Dolphin Court in Southend-on-Sea, Brookside in Edgware, New Court Place in Borehamwood and Bradbury Court in Harrow.

Livability supporters have so far raised a significant portion of this £1.1m total, which means work has already started on updating kitchens at Dolphin Court, as well as kitchens and bathrooms at John Grooms Court.

An important Livability supporter over the past 12 months has been Olympus KeyMed, who are close to achieving their £60k target, and are likely to reach £72k by the end of the summer. The majority of this fundraising is directly benefiting local Southend residents at Dolphin Court by updating kitchens in individual residents’ flats. The kitchens will have height adjustable worktops that can be raised or lowered, and specially adapted cupboards that give easy access to ingredients and equipment.

In raising this money Olympus KeyMed have hosted a range of staff fundraising events and activities throughout the Charity of the Year partnership, including a recent comedy night with headline act Russell Kane. The company is being recognised for its all hard work this week as a finalist at the Charity Staff & Volunteer Awards 2015 in the category of Funder of the Year – our fingers crossed the company are winners on the night, but for us are already stars!

Livability would like to thank all dedicated supporters for all they’ve have done so far to enable greater independence for disabled people. However, there are still many more residents waiting for their rooms to be adapted and would welcome any further support you can give.

Click here to watch a short (4 minute) film, featuring residents at two of our homes, as an example of the impact your support of The Home Design Appeal could make.