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Supporting disabled people in to employment with the North Wales Pioneer newspaper

Getting work can be a hard job, especially if you need to overcome disabling barriers or job scarcity. In Colwyn Bay, people with learning disabilities who use Livability’s day services are proving that everyone has something to contribute, if they are given the chance – and their work is helping to build a more connected …

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Natasha takes to the skies

Livability manager Natasha Coles took one of the charity’s key values – be courageous – to heart when she completed her first skydive recently. Natasha tells us why the sky’s the limit when it comes to raising funds for the people she supports. What do you do for Livability? I’m deputy manager at Livability Ashley …

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Open, enabling, inclusive and courageous – So what?

Livability’s charity awards in April will celebrate how staff and volunteers have lived out and displayed the charity’s values in their work. At times, values statements can feel a bit of an organisational ‘nice to have’ or a ‘well meaning sentiment’. How do they lift off the paper and in to real life? It’s not …

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Every day is different – A day in the life of a support worker and carer

Ever wondered what it takes to be a Support Worker with a disability charity? For Marita, working in social care means job satisfaction, variety – and dancing to the Spice Girls. Read a ‘day in the life’ about Marita, a Livability support worker in the East Midlands. Tell us about yourself I’m Marita, I have …

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International Women’s Day – PressForProgress – is the experience of disabled women being heard?

Are disabled women identified as people with a disability to the exclusion of being acknowledged as women? As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we invite three women who use Livability’s services to share their experience of disability, femininity and getting their voice heard. International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018 – #PressforProgress The 8th March …

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Talking Harry Potter, drama, relationships and inclusion – Becky Tyler on International Women’s Day

Becky Tyler is a young woman with lots to say. On her Twitter profile she describes herself as ‘Christian, teenager, eye gaze user, computer whizz kid, artist, gamer, actress, preacher, and nonverbal quadriplegic with a big voice. But mostly just cheeky.’ The teenager inspired the crowd at Greenbelt in the summer – as she spoke …

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I blame my son, Barney, for putting me in this position

Martin Fletcher is one of the people running for Livability in the London Marathon this year. He shares his story. It is Sunday afternoon. I am lying full length on my sitting room sofa. I am reading an article in The Sunday Times magazine that says marathon running can cause arthritis, atrial fibrillation, kidney injury, …

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The legs say no. The mind says no. Six months of my greatest challenge

Yashas Mudumbai is one of the people running with Livability in the Virgin London Marathon this April. He shares his reasons for running and what he’s learning about himself through the challenge of training. The legs say no. The mind says no. More importantly, your surroundings say no. For the last six months, these three …

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Recovering from stroke – one man’s rehabilitation story and sporting success

Support from Livability Icanho – an aquired brain injury rehabilitaiton centre – made such a difference to runner David Swales that he decided he would raise funds for the Suffolk-based rehabilitation centre – by running 1,000 miles in 2017. Now 850 miles in, with £2,500 raised, David’s astonishing achievement after a debilitating stroke was recognised …

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5 Christmas stocking fillers every marathon runner needs

Livability is proud to have over a great team of people running the Virgin London Marathon next year, in support of the charity. As December gets underway, every London marathon runner’s training plan will start to see the distances start to get longer. In this article, one of our runners shares her marathon training Christmas …

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