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Racing ahead as the Tour De France starts

On day 49 of Peter Thompson’s heroic challenge to Run the Tour De France route, the official Tour de France started on Saturday 7 July. This will be the 105th Tour de France, and Pete’s mission to beat the bikes is heating up – they will complete the tour on the 29th July. Pete has …

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Curry, care and being a Kylie fan – Why personalised care really matters to Ashaq

This week, Ashaq cooked a curry for dinner. No biggie perhaps, but for Ashaq, this apparently simple task represents a long journey out of pain and loss, with the support of an expert Livability residential care team. Ashaq was at the lowest point in his life when he arrived at Livability York House, home to …

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Running the Tour De France – concluding Mental Health Awareness Week with 70 marathons

It’s no coincidence that Marathon runner and mental health campaigner, Pete Thompson, arrived in Vendee this week ahead of one of the world’s most famous endurance tests, during Mental health Awareness Week. At the start line checking it out for the start of #runthetour on Saturday All the info about the reasons behind the challenge, …

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Supporting disabled people into 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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