Gifts in wills


By including a gift in your Will to Livability, you are giving the precious gifts of opportunity, inclusion and community for future generations of disabled and vulnerable people.

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Contact us if you would like to discuss including a gift in your Will to Livability, or you would like more information about our work.


Why gifts in Wills are so important

For many people in our society, being able to take part and feel included in their community is difficult. From benefit cuts, unemployment, lack of educational opportunities, poor health or prejudice, there are all sorts of barriers to a flourishing life. As a charity, Livability is committed to tackling such barriers which so often impact disabled and vulnerable people the hardest.

Thanks to our generous and kind supporters, particularly those who have chosen to include a gift in their Will to Livability, we are able to run a network of services and projects across the UK to help connect people to their communities.

So, whether it’s running a horticultural therapy programme at Livability Holton Lee to enable friendships to blossom, or equipping churches to support the needs of their local community, we believe when people are connected to each other their wellbeing and quality of life is boosted.

All that we do today has only been made possible because of the vision and hope of supporters in the past that chose to leave a gift in their Will to benefit future generations.

Last year, gifts in Wills accounted for over half of the income we received from supporters. So it’s no exaggeration to say that without these vital gifts, we wouldn’t have been able to touch the lives of the all the people that we have seen flourish within our services.

These special gifts will be just as important, if not more so, in the years to come as they are today. That’s why we are asking our supporters to consider including a gift in their Will to Livability so that we can see future generations of disabled and vulnerable people flourish in their communities.

The difference your gift can make

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a life-changing gift. All gifts in Wills, whether large or small, make a real difference. Even 1% of your estate would make a huge difference to the lives of disabled and isolated people.

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Everyone who chooses to leave a legacy to Livability helps us to strengthen our long-term future. We’re proud of all the people we support and of what we have achieved within our communities. This is what inspires us to continue striving for more opportunities for disabled and vulnerable people. By leaving a gift in your Will, you will be helping to unlock these opportunities, help new friendships to flourish and create a brighter future.

The real difference we are making, together – highlights from last year:
Livability brings a unique and dynamic offering to the care arena, providing top-quality, person-centred care across a range of services, including residential care, education, supported living, community engagement and wellbeing programmes. With a wide network of staff, volunteers and church partners in the UK, we have at our disposal a huge pool of talent and strength that can do much to support and empower people to enjoy a more liveable community.
All our services, including our 26 residential care homes, are focused on enabling the people that use our services to live full and flourishing lives and to live out the life story that they choose.
Through gaining practical hands on experience, skills and knowledge in conservation and horticulture, the aim of the Flourish programme at Livability Holton Lee is to improve participants’ wellbeing, resilience, confidence, self-esteem, skills and motivation.
Livability provides educational opportunities for disabled students at Nash College (a further education college) in Bromley, and for those aged 3 to 25 years, at Victoria Education Centre (VEC) in Poole. At the core of both centres’ provision is an emphasis on communication skills, giving students the tools and the confidence to communicate for themselves. This means students start adult life knowing that their story and their experience is valued and can be shared with others.
Livability works with churches and other local agencies, supporting them to play their part in tackling barriers and working for inclusion. This includes providing audits, training and mentorship services to Christians, Churches and other Christian organisations that will help them to provide dementia friendly practice.

You can also visit our Real life stories pages to hear from the people we work with about the difference Livability has made to their lives.

Share Your Story

View and download Livability’s 2015-16 Annual Review - ‘Share Your Story’ to read more about the impact we are making, together.

Making or updating your Will

Making a Will can often seem a daunting prospect, but it’s a lot more straightforward and affordable than you might think. And it’s possibly one of the most important decisions you can ever make.

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A Will can help ensure that your assets and possessions are left to those you love. You might also want to leave a gift to a charity or a number of charities that are close to your heart.

Whatever your wishes, we always recommend speaking to a legal professional if you’re considering making or updating your Will. We have included some links at the bottom of this page that can help you find a solicitor or Will writer in your area, as well as some helpful information to help you prepare for your meeting.

What are the benefits of making a Will?

  • Helps make the task of dealing with your assets easier on the loved ones you leave behind.
  • Helps ensure your assets are dealt with correctly; with your possessions going to the people you wish to receive them.
  • Protects your assets for loved ones and helps reduce the impact that inheritance tax can have on your estate.
  • If you have a loved one with a learning disability, you can make plans for them to be provided for, without putting them at risk of financial abuse or risking them losing any mean-tested benefits that they may be entitled to. You will need to speak to your legal professional about your options for setting up a trust.
  • Allows you to choose who you want to appoint as legal guardians to care for your children if you and your partner should die before they are 18.
  • Many people also like to include their wishes for their funeral arrangements, for instance, burial, cremation, or the use of your body for medical research.
  • Continue supporting the charities that have been dear to you throughout your lifetime.

Points to consider when making a Will

Remember a Charity have an online gift calculator that can help provide you with a good estimate.

A gift of a set sum of money. It’s important to be aware that due to inflation, a pecuniary legacy won’t keep its value over time.

These are the people and charities you wish to benefit from your Will. Naturally, your family and friends should always come first. However, many people also choose to leave a percentage or proportion of their estate to Livability to allow us to continue to be there for future generations of disabled and vulnerable people. You will need to make a list of the full names and addresses of your chosen beneficiaries for your professional advisor.

Executors are the people identified in your Will to make sure your instructions are carried out. An executor should be someone you trust – for instance, a relative, a friend or a solicitor. It’s a good idea to check they’re happy to be appointed beforehand.

They will have your Will drawn up and ensure it’s properly signed, dated and witnessed.

Tell a relative or close friend where the original copy of your Will is stored. There are also a number of commercial organisations that operate Will registration schemes.

Some changes in circumstance – getting married or divorced, for example – can affect your Will, so it’s important to keep it up to date.

Visit the Remember A Charity website to find a solicitor in your local area, who will be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when writing a Will.

Including a gift to Livability in your Will

Whatever your reason for considering supporting Livability with a gift in your Will, your precious gift will be helping to create a brighter future for disabled and vulnerable people. And for this, we thank you on behalf of all those whose lives you will touch.

If you do decide to leave a gift to Livability in your Will, there are several types of gifts you can give:

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    Residuary legacy

    A gift made of whatever remains from your estate once all other gifts and expenses have been deducted. It’s your choice as to whether you leave the total amount of the residue to a named beneficiary, or split in into percentages to leave to a number of loved ones or charities. Even a gift of 1% to Livability would make a huge difference to our work.

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    Pecuniary legacy

    A gift of a set sum of money. It’s important to be aware that due to inflation, a pecuniary legacy won’t keep its value over time.

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    Specific legacy

    A gift of a specific item like a house, a piece of jewellery, furniture or an antique.

You should always speak to a legal professional when making or updating your Will to discuss what type of gift best suits your wishes and circumstances.

A gift is most useful if it’s given for the general purposes of Livability, rather than a specific project. Otherwise, if the project ceases, the gift may be invalid. However, you can always let us know your preference for where the legacy is spent by ‘expressing a wish’ in your Will – your solicitor can advise on the appropriate wording for this.

If you choose to leave a gift in your Will to Livability, or another good cause, a legal professional will also be able to advise on the correct terms and wording for your Will to meet your wishes. However, the most important thing is for you to make a note of the official charity name, address and registered charity number to give to your legal professional when writing your Will.

If leaving a gift to Livability, the details you would require are: Livability (Registered Charity Number 1116530) of 6 Mitre Passage, London, SE10 0ER.

Updating your existing Will with a gift to Livability

If you’ve already made your Will but would like to add a gift to Livability, it might be possible to use a codicil. A codicil is a legal document that’s supplementary to a Will, which would allow you to change your Will to include a gift to Livability, instead of making a new Will. It’s best to seek advice from a solicitor about whether it would be appropriate to use a codicil.

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Remember a Charity

Livability is proud to be a member of Remember A Charity – helping to promote legacy giving amongst the UK public.

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Writing your Will is an important way of looking after the future of your family and friends. After you’ve taken care of loved ones, you may wish to leave a gift in your Will to your favourite charities.

Gifts in Wills are vital in allowing Livability’s work to continue, a fact that many of our supporters aren’t aware of. So, we’ve joined forces with Remember A Charity – the largest consortium of its kind in the UK, with over 150 member charities – working to promote legacy giving amongst the UK public.

What does Remember A Charity hope to achieve?


Gifts in Wills are the foundation for many good causes in the UK and are vital in continuing their work. So if we all leave some money in our Wills for charity, as well as our family, we can make a huge difference.

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What can I do?

The reality is that without gifts left in Wills by people like you, many of the charities we know and support wouldn’t even exist. A small gift, even just 1% of your estate, can make a very real difference. We can all do something amazing for the world, by remembering our favourite cause when making a Will.


Remember a Charity Week: 11th-17th September 2017

Every September, over 160 charities join forces to hold the annual Remember A Charity Week. The awareness week aims to raise the profile of legacy giving and encourage the public to consider leaving a gift in their Will. Through humorous, light-hearted campaigns and with the support of member charities, professional advisors, government and partners, the Week is a focal point for raising the profile of charitable giving in Wills.

Find out more on the Remember a Charity website here.