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Celebrating our people – A Project Worker dedicated to improving health outcomes for disabled people through horticultural therapy

Much has been written recently about the healing power of nature. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Livability Holton Lee, where the Flourish project offers a range of land based activities to disabled adults. Anna Sweeney, Programme Lead of Flourish, comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge in working with people with …

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Hygge and happiness – choosing friendship this new year

Sharing, being kind, relaxing with friends – Gay Search discovers how to hygge for the new year. The latest export from Scandinavia to arrive on our shores along with snowflake sweaters, Scandi-noir thrillers and blonde wood IKEA furniture is the Danish concept of hygge. There is no direct translation in English of the word (pronounced …

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Friendship Really Matters: Growing confidence and friendships together at Livability Holton Lee

Everybody can give something – and that’s how friendships thrive – at Livability’s wellbeing discovery centre. Walking around the gardens at Livability Holton Lee, everyone seems to be getting on purposefully with something – from weeding and digging to preparing vegetables to sell. Holton Lee’s volunteers represent a wide range of disabilities and challenges ‘but …

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Friendship Really Matters: What is therapeutic and positive about gardening? Two horticultural therapists share their view

Livability’s horticultural therapy programme ‘Flourish’ at Livability Holton Lee sees remarkable change in how people relate to each other. But why does this kind of therapy help to connect people? Our experts Dr Anna Sweeney and Emma Browning share their insights. Flourish works with people with a huge range of needs – disabilities, personality disorders, …

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Friendship Really Matters: How garden therapy can nurture friendships and help lives to blossom

Making real connections with others can be challenging, whether you live in an isolated village or at the heart of a city. Add a disability to the mix and finding friends can get considerably tougher, with barriers such as access, speech difficulties and transport issues coming into play. Livability Holton Lee, in Dorset’s tranquil countryside, …

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Friendship Really Matters: Getting to rock bottom and back again

Being part of a close-knit community is important to everyone, but crucial to those struggling with mental illness or addiction. Holton’s Lee’s Flourish programme is a wellbeing project that helps connect people and set them back on the road to recovery. Stuart and Rachel both know what social isolation feels like. Following job loss, divorce …

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A new angle on Happiness: Livability launch a new wellbeing and community building resource

Giving happiness a new angle and helping churches tackle anxiety and social isolation was the order of the day at a community event this week. Hosted by Livability and attended by church and community leaders from around the country, the charity has just launched an updated course called ‘Happiness’ – and have plans to take …

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Do you know what you need to be happy? The Happiness Course could help you find out

What makes us happy? It’s a question that has been debated by philosophers and scientists for centuries but are we any closer to knowing the answer? Our competitive culture encourages many of us to pursue goals that have very little to do with real contentment. We get so caught up with chasing success and material …

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10 ways to bring more happiness into your life

We spend lots of time searching outside ourselves for things that make us happy. People in our society are encouraged to think that happiness lies in success, money and good looks, but studies show that the key to wellbeing lies closer to home. Here’s how to boost your happiness levels: [feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h5″ icon=”group”]1. …

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Growing thriving communities from the soil up

Gay Search takes a look at how community gardens nourish neighbourhoods and help wellbeing to flourish. Over the last thirty years or so, the steady rise of community gardens have done wonders to green up our towns and cities and have often brought beauty and nature to what had been areas of dereliction and urban …

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