Powerful plants – the therapeutic benefits of gardening

It is no coincidence that paradise, in several of the world’s great religions, is portrayed as a garden. There is something elemental in our relationship with nature that speaks to something very deep within us. Until the last two hundred years or so, the vast majority of us lived on and off the land, in tune with the seasons and …

Dave Webber – Easter address

In recent days, the political landscape has seen major rifts around issues of benefits cuts and rising controversy about the potential implications of the budget for disabled people. It’s certainly not news to say that disabled people in the UK are too often at the brunt of shrinking budgets and cuts to public services. They often face increasing social exclusion, …

In community, life is more than mere survival

As life gets ever busier and more stressful, is community the key to a life that’s not just about surviving but actually thriving? “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.” Five years after I first read this quote by novelist Jack London, it still makes me stop and think. As life gets faster, more expensive, more …

Why is community so important?

In a changing landscape of health and social care, it’s time to forge deeper responses and responsibilities to our communities. Dave Webber, CEO for Livability, takes a look at the year ahead. I am often struck by the very privileged role our charity plays. Every day, we get to support and share life with a wide range of wonderful people …