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 …

Challenging your perspective can overcome the barriers to community

Most of us can think of situations – of things in our own lives or in the lives of people around us – we would love to see transformed. Transformation isn’t just something that happens around us. We can bring about transformation by changing the way we see the world, by changing our minds. But this doesn’t happen by sitting …

Thriving community: Taking inspiration from local youth football

A thriving community is one in which everyone has a chance to bring their gifts and strengths to the table. Through Livability’s disability services or link church provision, we want to see the people we support enjoy a thriving community. This week, we take inspiration from the community-forming possibilities of a local football club. We talked to club leader Mike …

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, …