Author Archives: Livability Community Engagement

About Livability Community Engagement

Part of Livability, a national Christian disability and community engagement charity. We are an enabling network, tackling barriers in society to make community livable.

On the street where they live – one couple’s vision for their neighbours

Andy Parnham tells the story of the Happiness Course he ran for a group of neighbours in west London, organised by a Christian couple with a vision for their street. I recently ran the Happiness Course in a rather affluent … Continue reading

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Transformation – ‘challenging perspective and being loved and valued’

Anna Ruddick, a Community Engagement Associate at Livability, has been researching how transformation in local communities happens. In this blog piece she reflects on what she has learnt so far. Continue reading

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We are more than the sum total of all our needs

Ruth Young writes the second in a series of blogs exploring the issues raised in the Fullness of Life Together, re-imagining Christian engagement in our communities report. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that most of us, in living … Continue reading

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Re-imagining Christian community engagement in our communities – Fullness of Life Together report follow up

Ruth Young writes the first in a series of articles exploring the issues in the Fullness of Life Together, re-imagining Christian engagement in our communities report. It’s been great to read the refreshing Fullness of Life Together report, produced jointly … Continue reading

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Why I’m happy to endorse the Mental Health Access Pack

Jim McManus, a health professional who has a passion about good Christian mental health, enthuses about the new Mental Health Access Pack, produced by Livability in conjunction with Premier’s Mind & Soul. If you are a pastor or minister, church … Continue reading

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“Forget the fringe, the answer is in the mainstream: why we need to look past the nonsense and focus on the core issues”

Ruth Young (formerly Smith), Livability’s Community Engagement Advisor in the North East, reflects on true discipleship. This headline in my local newspaper caught my eye and spectacularly achieved what it was written to do – it compelled me to read … Continue reading

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Six conversations your church needs to have about disability

There are 11 million disabled people in the UK – that’s 17% of the population. To put that in context, ethnic minority groups make up 14%. Think of the impact that ethnic minorities have made on our national identity – … Continue reading

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A church response to the Scottish Referendum

Here Rev Chris Knights speaks about his experience of how the Church can support the community whilst staying neutral during the lead up to the Independence Referendum in Scotland. These are his thoughts on what the church role should be … Continue reading

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Grateful Heart

Some thoughts from Community Engagements Ruth Young (formerly Smith), the northern Community Engagement Adviser.  Over the last 3 months I have been downsizing, from my lovely 3 bedroom family house with large-but-manageable garden that I have lovingly tended, into my new … Continue reading

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Can you be a friend in 1,000?

Dementia is a rising challenge. By 2021, over a million British people will have dementia; people in your neighbourhood, your church, maybe in your family. Dementia is a condition which impairs people’s ability to think, remember and make choices, often … Continue reading

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