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Livability film up for Charity Film Award – made with a cast of the people we support

A film made with a cast of some of the people that use Livability’s services is up for a Charity Film Award. The film is called ‘It All Adds Up’ and has been submitted to the Charity Film Awards – for which nominations are now open. The message of the film Shot earlier this year, …

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One volunteer who has made a world of difference to residents of Livability Keefield Close

21-year-old Saskia Burnett started volunteering at Livability Keefield Close as a befriender in 2015. When she arrived, she had already had some volunteering experience elsewhere, but immediately felt at home at the service. It quickly emerged that she was a gifted and exceptional care worker, who felt a genuine connection with residents at the home. …

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Celebrating our people – An IT specialist that’s increased efficiency and accuracy across the charity

Martyn joined Livability in July 2013 as Business Intelligence Development Manager. Since then, he has transformed the way information is gathered and analysed through the charity. Working hard to create a range of data solutions, he has developed the tools that enable more informed and better decisions to be made about how the organisation as …

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Three people living at Livability residential home in Southend win community award

Every year Southend Mencap put on an Achievers Awards ceremony and people nominate others. The staff team this year nominated three of the people who live at Barnabas House to receive awards. Sarah: for her courage in performing before others and her ability to adapt to new and unknown situations. In 2016 Sarah continued to …

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A new lease of life after a residential home’s refurshment is complete

As the saying goes ‘There’s nowhere like home’. For the people that live at Livability’s Oakview residential home in Aberystwyth, a refurbishment has given way to a completely new environment with greater possibilities. We all have lived in this house for approximately 30 years! However, for three months we went to live in holiday cottages …

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Smashing barriers: Catherine’s 13,000 feet sky dive

For most people, the idea of jumping from a perfectly functional aeroplane isn’t what you’d call their first choice of fun. Catherine, someone that lives at Livability’s John Grooms court might well disagree. 32 years old, Catherine was born with cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Having lived at John Grooms Court for …

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Flowers and fun – the perfect recipe for Livability’s York House garden party

With the summer in full swing, the staff and people that live at Livability’s York House wanted to take advantage of all the season has to offer. The York House community is both lively and welcoming, so they organised a garden party for their family, friends and residents in the local community. ‘The idea of …

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A royal outing to Frogmore House and Garden for a passionate historian

As part of the charity’s 10th anniversary celebrations, Livability was given the special opportunity to invite guests to explore Frogmore House and Garden – an official royal residence. Livability Manager, Heather Alblas, recounts the day with Paul Robson who lives at Livability’s Barnabas House residential home in Southend. Paul has a real passion for art …

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Volunteers’ Week – sharing the joys of volunteering

Every year, Livability enjoys the commitment and generosity of our volunteers and their willingness to give whatever they can to boost our work. Volunteers’ Week is a time for us to celebrate this brilliant and diverse community which we call ‘Team Livability’. To find out what motivates our incredible volunteers, we spoke to Theresa Dickson …

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Boxing master class with Zaiphan Morris for the people that live at Livability’s John Groom Court

Livability’s John Grooms Court – a care home for disabled people in Norwich – is taking an exciting approach to supporting the people that live at the home to pursue fitness and health activities – through boxing with Zaiphan Morris. The Livability team have been delighted to welcome the training expertise of the Norwich based …

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