Time to get sporty! Skiing fun and boxing fitness at Livability John Grooms Court

Livability John Grooms Court in Norfolk are always looking for ways to engage people in exciting new sports. The team are running a well-established boxing club, where residents train with a top-notch personal trainer to learn all the professional boxing moves and skills. ‘Boxing is a great way to get fit, improve hand-eye co-ordination and promote physical and mental well …

All we need is…friends

Friendship is more than being around people, it’s about connecting with others. How does disability impact on making new friends? ‘Friendship is really important to me because you can have a good time and a laugh together, and you’re there for each other when you need to be.’ So says Claire, who lives at Livability’s Ashley Place residential home, her …

Lorry love – a passion for spotting Eddie Stobart trucks at Livability’s Lifestyle Choices

Some of the people that use Livability’s Lifestyle Choices service in the East Midlands have found a new hobby in the form of all things Eddie Stobart. The Eddie Stobart truck firm, which has captured the public imagination with their personalised lorries, enjoy a huge following across the country. Enthusiasts of the brand are keen truck spotters – shouting out …

Friendship Really Matters: A supportive community is the key to recovery following spinal injury

Experiencing a life-changing injury can be a devastating blow. Two amazing individuals from Nepal share their experience of spinal injury and how connections in their communities encouraged them to embrace life again. Nirmala’s story Nirmala Karki was a teaching student in her home region of Ramechhap in Nepal. She was collecting animal feed at her home when she fell, injuring …

Friendship Really Matters: Art By The Sea – How one adult education class brings people together through art

The sea has inspired artists for centuries and this is also true at Livability’s Ashley Place service on the seafront in Bognor Regis, where a community art class called ‘Art By The Sea’ brings together a diverse group who love learning together. The weekly class was launched at Ashley Place through the staff and residents’ close connections with their community. …

Friendship Really Matters: Can online communities offer genuine friendship and new beginnings?

The media loves to publish scare stories about the dangers of the internet and tells us that we shouldn’t let virtual relationships replace real, flesh-and-blood ones. But for so many people online communities can be a lifeline and lead to lively friendship groups, shared interests, genuine support and new opportunities. Kayleigh Walters and Jess Long are two of three Service …