The biggest challenge to creating an inclusive society is human nature

Andrew Douglass is the Chief Executive of the events company “Innovision” and Founder of Parallel London. His team deliver pioneering and creative events for major brands including the BBC, Redbull, the Olympics, Pirelli and Aston Martin. He spoke to Livability about his reflections on inclusion-focused “Parallel London” and the value of events in creating social change. I have spent most …

Growing thriving communities from the soil up

Gay Search takes a look at how community gardens nourish neighbourhoods and help wellbeing to flourish. Over the last thirty years or so, the steady rise of community gardens have done wonders to green up our towns and cities and have often brought beauty and nature to what had been areas of dereliction and urban decay. Although it’s hard to …

Running towards more inclusion and everyone taking part

Football fan Ben is a keen runner and enjoys being active. Ben shares why he’s taking part in the 10km Parallel London race on 4th September – one of the challenges at the first ever mass participation fun push/run. “My dad Paul, my brothers Dominic and Peter and my sister Frances all run for fun,” says Ben. “I enjoy running …

Using music to overcome personal challenges and promote inclusion

Lauren Taylor from Bournemouth is taking part in Parallel London this September – the first ever fully inclusive fun push/run. She shares her motivations for getting involved in her very first challenge event. Lauren is 21 and lives at Talbot Manor – a residential home for young disabled people in Bournemouth, run by Livability. “It’s really good because we’re like …

“Parallel London’s Super Sensory 1k will be different for every athlete. It’s going to be extraordinary”

Jo Grace is an inclusion and sensory engagement consultant and founder of The Sensory Projects. She is one of the ambassadors of Parallel London, the UK’s largest disability-led challenge event which will take place on 4 September. Jo, who has a diagnosis of autism, aims to contribute to a future where people are understood in spite of their differences. What …

Everyone taking part is the key to strengthening communities

“I am passionate about living in an inclusive world.” Chris Hearne-Sirman, a specialist social worker at Livability Icanho – a brain injury rehabilitation centre – shares why he’s backing Parallel with Livability. Chris Hearne-Sirman works as a specialist social worker at Livability’s acquired brain injury rehabilitation centre, Icanho, in Suffolk. This September 4th, Chris will be one of the many …

“When faced with barriers in society, a positive attitude is half the battle,” says Kayleigh Walters. This is a story about how a daughter and mother overcome barriers in everyday life

Kayleigh Walters is one of Livability’s Service User Engagement Officers. Her role sees her visiting a range of Livability services around the UK. We interviewed Kayleigh and Annette Walters about how they approach life as a team. Having a strong network around you is really important Kayleigh: Living with cerebral palsy is “normal” for me – I don’t know any …