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 …

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 …

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 ‘heurgha’) although some people say …

An Engaged Community In the Midst of Global Change

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” – Mister Rogers I chanced upon Fred Rogers when I spent the summer of my 21st year running a summer programme in inner-city Philadelphia. Mister Rogers’ television programme …

Church can be a place to welcome people living with dementia

We all need to find ways of creating more inclusive communities for those living with dementia. Churches are ideally placed to make an important response, says Livability’s Associate on Dementia, Charlotte Overton-Hart. Churches can offer a place of welcome and support Churches – and other local partners – are right at the heart of their communities and have a great …

Are our communities a place of belonging for all? Working for partnership and inclusion

When asked to imagine a community, we would probably describe a group or groups of people brought together by interests, shared space, beliefs or experience. Not that this suggests that conformity is necessary to the cohesion of any given community. Communities are, in fact, enormously enriched by the diversity, uniqueness, experience and expression of every individual member, no matter their …