Celebrating accessible church at Spring Harvest

This Easter, Livability’s Prospects teams have been leading parallel streams of celebrations and Bible teaching for adults with learning disabilities at Spring Harvest. Promoted as feature breaks, Prospects’ has partnered with Spring Harvest for over 30 years. The work has enabled families caring for a member with learning disabilities to attend the conference. Each day starts with a collective ‘wake …

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 church, community and care workers …

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 been associated with a church …

Livability joins four Christian charities calling on churches to support the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness

Livability have come together with four Christian charities to encourage churches to play a major role in the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness and its first monthly focus on older people. Start a Conversation: lead the way on tackling isolation Under the Commission’s slogan ‘Start a Conversation’, the charities want to mobilise Christians to help themselves and others around them …

Loneliness doesn’t discriminate

The challenge of overcoming loneliness in our communities has come under sharp focus in recent years. Our lives are busier, our commutes are longer, and our families are often spread to the four corners of the globe, leading to less time together. Key life transitions can also impact heavily. The ending of a relationship, bereavement or children leaving home are …

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 the right to sit down …

Friendship Really Matters: Lonely Christmas no more: Combating loneliness in South West London

Being lonely at Christmas is a thing of the past for clients at a Regenerate RISE programme in south-west London. Loneliness is a year-round issue for over one million elderly people in the UK and as Christmas approaches, around one-quarter of pensioners are anticipating a lonely or unhappy Christmas, according to a recent report.* Livability’s community-focused ‘link’ churches, in some …

Friendship Really Matters: 29,000 people with learning disabilities worry about leaving elderly parents alone. This is how church community groups can make a difference

29,000 people1 with learning disabilities live with parents aged 70-plus. The Learning Disability Commission states that ‘People with a learning disability in this situation often find themselves isolated and have less time to make friends and engage in social activities, because they are worried about leaving an elderly relative at home alone.’ This problem is increasing, with the number of …