We’re delighted that our festive online event on 16 December will feature people with disabilities who use our services, along with top-notch choral group Classical Reflection, celebrity guests and Pam Rhodes, our much-loved regular presenter.
Celebrating online means that people in our services, who could not travel to a venue, can contribute to the event, allowing supporters to ‘meet’ many more of the Livability community than would be possible face-to-face.
‘I’m so looking forward to seeing our friends and guests, along with some of the children, young people and adults we are so proud to support, at our Christmas Celebration,’ says Livability CEO Sally Chivers. ‘I know how hard people work and rehearse to take part in this event, and this is just a glimpse into the way staff at our services work with people with disabilities to learn new skills and gain confidence and independence. That’s why we’ve chosen ‘Skills for Success’ as the theme for our Christmas Appeal – because we see what a difference it makes to people’s lives when we refuse to have low expectations of people with disabilities, but instead enable people to develop and grow wherever possible.’
Services which hope to take part include our education centres, Livability Nash College and Livability Victoria School, and residential care home Livability Anvil House. Nash College is our FE centre in Bromley, educating students aged 19-25, with a wide range of profound disabilities. Nash’s musical numbers have brought the house down at previous carol events. Award-winning Victoria School in Poole is home to children and young people, who thrive in the can-do culture that Victoria promotes, learning through arts, academic studies, sport and media.
Den Girbow, Lecturer and Makaton Coordinator at Livability Nash College had this to say: ‘The students and staff at Nash College are very excited to be able to participate in the Livability Christmas Celebration again this year. We have been asked to put together recordings celebrating the work of Nash College. Students and staff will be signing to ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, which was chosen by some of students. One of our talented students will be singing a solo to ‘River’ and there will be photographs celebrating education at Livability. We will also be asking staff to share their successes at Nash College. We are so pleased to be involved in this wonderful celebration.’
Livability Anvil House is home to seven adults, none of whom communicate through speech, who this year will share a carol, with Makoton signing. ‘We’ve recorded a very special carol with different people taking part in each verse,’ says Nicole Clements, Enabling Support Worker at Anvil House. People supported by Livability will share the stage with some famous names and VIP’s from the Livability community.
Says Events Manager Fabian Valencia Diaz: ‘This is a highlight of our year in the Livability calendar, and supporters and contributors tell us it’s one of those events they look forward to that really heralds Christmas for them. We love to welcome supporters old and new to join the fun, so do please invite your friends and family to join us.’