Churches from around the country joined together in London for Link Church Day to explore and discuss the communities in which they serve.
Shaftesbury Christian Centre in Battersea, London, was the venue for a gathering of Livability’s partner churches.
Livability’s Link Churches were born out of the needs that grew within their respective communities and are situated in the heart of where they’re needed.
In addition to providing a place of worship, they also strive to support anyone who has a need in their community.
The day was used to discuss ‘livable communities’, the exciting new direction the charity is taking in 2016.
Adam Bonner, Director of Public Engagement for Livability, spoke on the exciting new environment Livability is moving into, as people look to more community based services for support:
“We’re so fortunate to be able to work with our Link Churches who are so passionate about helping their communities. They really live out the values of Livability in that they want to support anyone who is in need, which is incredibly vital in creating livable communities.”
There was time to share stories and experiences, making the afternoon a valuable time for learning and sharing thoughts and ideas.
One church leader said:
“This year we have a great opportunity because of a lot regeneration happening around us. But we don’t want to focus on our four walls, we want to take the word out into the community so we have a great opportunity to do that.”
Livability associate Cristina Gangemi spoke about her experiences of working directly with the charity’s service users, commenting that it’s fundamental in the building of community to include and support everyone’s faith:
“Disabled people should not need legislation to put them on equal footing in society. They have the gift of life and they are, by its very definition, a gift”.