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Welcoming the gift of others this Christmas – a Christmas reflection from Livability

“Here is the little door, lift up the latch, oh lift! We need not wander more – but enter with our gift.” These words from this lesser known carol describe the profound and deep call of Christmas. Every man, woman and child is invited to bring their gift in celebration of the birth of Christ. …

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Preaching at Greenbelt – Becky’s message

15-year-old Becky Tyler impacted thousands of lives when she preached at arts, faith and activism festival Greenbelt earlier this year. Becky, who uses an electronic talker to communicate, took part in a uniquely accessible and inclusive communion service that welcomed over 6,500 people, supported by Livability. We speak to Becky and her mum Fiona about …

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Ability Sunday is the 10th September – A day to celebrate everyone’s gifts

At Livability, we believe everyone has strengths, talents and gifts to share. Churches and communities are richer when everyone is taking part. This Sunday 10th September, is Ability Sunday. Livability is calling churches UK-wide to join together and mark out this as a special day in their community. With a special focus on disability, the …

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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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Livability joins the call for protection of disability benefits

As part of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), Livability has joined more than 60 other charities to call for no more cuts to disability benefits. With the next General Election just days away, the DBC is urging people to sign an open letter to Party leaders explaining how vital it is to protect disability benefits. …

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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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