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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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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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