We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate World Kindness Day than with a shout-out for some of the amazing people whose kindness and generosity to Livability has shone in recent months.
We’ve seen kindness to others expressed by people with disabilities who are supported by Livability services, by volunteers and Livability Friends groups, by businesses and organisations who have reached out with kindness to make people’s lives better.
Davina Diamond is part of the For The Love of Scrubs group, whose local group has provided 100 sets of rainbow-coloured scrubs to our West Yorkshire residential care home, Livability York House. Her keen interest for sewing and passion to support healthcare workers, as a Pediatric Neurological Physiotherapist, led her to set up the sryb sewing group in Hertfordshire. ‘A massive thank you to each and every one of the volunteer sewers, drivers, cutters, suppliers and spouses of everyone involvedto support healthcare workers, it was a blessing to meet many people who were prepared to go above and beyond to support those that truly matter to the country’ says Davina. Everyone at Livability York House wants to say thank you for making scrubs fun as well as useful!
Friends of Dolphin Court’s Dee Wells, along with Thornhill Sewing and Crafts Club, generously gave their time and needle skills to make 100 sets of much-needed scrubs for our Southend-on-Sea service, Livability Dolphin Court. Home to adults with a wide range of disabilities, 15 of whom live in independent flats on the site, this gift has been in constant use. Thank you, Dee, Friends and the Sewing Club!
Mid Meds and Masks for Heroes gave Livability a staggering £40,000-worth of PPE, which represents a huge boost to Livability’s resources. You truly are heroes – thank you for your kindness.
Summerhall Gin Distillery in Edinburgh swung into action when Livability was urgently trying to source hand sanitiser at the start of the pandemic, when prices were doubling or even tripling. Livability North East’s Michelle Earle contacted the distillery, who said they could supply the charity’s sanitiser needs nationally – and refused to profiteer on the sale. Summerhall, we’re raising a glass to you to say thank you – your product has kept a lot of people safe.
Danny, who lives at Livability New Court Place, wowed his housemates when he generously donated the £600 he and his dad Fred had saved for a holiday together. When restrictions meant the pair couldn’t go away, Danny decided to turn a negative into a positive. The generous gift brought joy to everyone at New Court Place when residents chose to use the money to buy a large gazebo. This has enabled them to meet family members safely during lockdown. Shaz, who lives at New Court Place, says the gift was ‘absolutely fabulous’ and housemate Mich says the gazebo ‘gave us the freedom to see family and friends, which is great’. Danny and Fred, your kind gift has meant so much.
Car insurance business Lexis Nexis Risk (LNR), showed kindness to people we support at Livability Ashley Place, by donating to games to bring joy and keep boredom at bay. The residents were delighted and chose their favourites, including Uno and Hungry Hippos. Playing outdoors in the garden courtyard is resident Chris’ favourite: ‘I like the giant snakes and letters. It’s a big board and we can all go around it safely and see the board in our wheelchairs.’ Your thoughtfulness has meant of hours of fun, not boredom, LNR – thank you.
We haven’t been able to mention here all the kind gifts and actions that have had such an impact on our staff and the people we support, but every single one is sincerely appreciated.
Want to know more about the value of kindness? Take a look at our reflection from our wellbeing expert Emma Browning