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Building community connections is the secret of Hereford friends’ group success

The success of a friends group is not just down to the energy and commitment of the individuals who are part of it. It is also due to the strength of relationships – both within the group and with the service and local community. We talked to Friends members Tracy Aldridge and Liz Rogers talk …

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Livening up your life together – how to refresh your team using curiosity, play and creativity

Groups, like people, can get tired and stale. As well as getting rest and refreshment for yourself, it may be time to shake up your meetings and find fresh ways of seeing those you work with – and the cause you share. Corin Pilling offers some suggestions involving curiosity, play and creativity that are guaranteed …

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A carer’s perspective – Ten ways churches can offer more support to carers

One in eight adults in the UK has a caring role, with about 6,000 people taking on caring responsibilities each day. Churches can offer practical support for carers, but don’t always know where to start. While the support that carers value will differ from person to person, a good guiding principle is: always ask the …

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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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Love Wins – Celebrating the power of kindness in the face of violence

Livability’s Corin Pilling reflects on the actions of the citizens of London and Manchester, considering what happens when courage and compassion combine. ‘God of compassion and mercy, amidst the pain and trauma of this day we turn to you, for through Christ crucified we know that you have taken to heart the suffering of our …

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Ten ways for your church to be more inclusive of people living with dementia

No two people experience dementia in exactly the same way. What may be a help for one person may not be for another. Dr Jennifer Bute – a keynote speaker at Livability’s ‘Creativity and the Dementia Friendly Church’ event last November – offers ten ways to overcome the ‘no one-size-fits-all’ approach when considering what churches …

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Holding onto hope by your fingernails?

Burnout is a particular risk for those in the trenches of front line church, care and community work. If you are the person who is seen to hold hope for the community, what happens when you find yourself digging from a dry well? Livability’s Corin Pilling explores the challenge of hope in community work. Many …

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Becoming ‘one of us’ – one church’s community engagement journey

Locality is a national network of ambitious and enterprising community-led organisations, working together to help neighbourhoods thrive. The organisation has been identifying different locations around the UK as ‘Community of the Month’ and has recently recognised a community partnership in Rotherham called Kimberworth Park. Ruth Smith is one of Livability’s Community Engagement Advisors and has …

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Lent – a time for discovering our true identity and celebrating and affirming others in theirs

Lent – can it be a good time to recognise our own vulnerabilities and reconnect with our own true identity? Celebrating and affirming the good things we see in one another can be a powerful route to deepening friendship and building community, says Livability’s Corin Pilling. By the time you are reading this, our annual …

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Hope as an Act of Resistance

Corin Pilling explores the nature of hope and discovers it is most powerful and life-giving when it is collectively nurtured and shared. When we come together as friends and communities to articulate things – however small – that inspire and encourage hope, we will find it is a force to be reckoned with. ‘No-one has …

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