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Livability: well-being

Community engagement news
October 2017
Hi Peter

Welcome to the latest Livability newsletter about connecting with community. We bring you stories, resources, funding opportunities and events - all with the aim of helping and inspiring you to tackle isolation and build a stronger, more livable community.

From wellbeing for vicars, church accessibility that goes ‘beyond the ramp’, new resources and training opportunities for church community workers and the latest funding opportunities, this edition is jam packed with inspiration and support.
Introduction and reflection
Time to stop and think
This summer Livability held a training day on personal, church and community wellbeing. To mark Mental Health Awareness day on October 10th, Elizabeth Harrison, Livability’s Happiness and Wellbeing Co-ordinator reflects back on the day and suggests some simple ways that church leaders and community workers can improve their own wellbeing.​​​​​​​
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Articles and opinion
Unlimited access: Beyond the ramp
Naomi Graham – who heads up the accessible church work of New Wine - outlines ten areas to consider that would make group activities such as church services more accessible to those with additional needs. From attitude and culture, to sensory processing and inventiveness, she suggests ways to celebrate uniqueness so that everyone feels like they belong.
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Overcoming us and them
How can we learn to learn to live alongside those who are different to us? Anna Ruddick, of Livability’s Community Engagement Team argues that like it or not we are all interdependent and must find a way to live together. She argues that the best way to overcome an ‘us’ and ‘them’ attitude is to find something in common and ask ‘what reminds me of God in this person’?
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Resources and learning
Christianity and Mental Health: Theology, Activities, Potential
With World Mental Health this month, lots of news coverage about mental health provision, and this month’s reflection about wellbeing in the workplace Theos’ new report is very timely. It provides a brief overview of the UK mental health situation, explores a range of biblical and theological issues and then suggests some principles on which an authentic Christian response could be built. Finally it maps existing Christian initiatives and reviews their effectiveness.
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A guide to helping people who are homeless
To mark World Homeless Week from 9-15 October, and in the light of a rise in the numbers of homeless people, we recommend this new resource from the Church Housing Trust. A guide for clergy, staff and parishioners it suggests effective ways to help at different stages of homelessness: from those about to be evicted, to rough sleepers who call asking for money. It also gives advice on personal safety and practical ways in which your church can help.
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Events supporting community work
Skills Development Training
7th October in Tamworth
28th October in York
Skills Development Days are for anyone who would like to welcome people with learning disabilities into their church and worship. We talk about the Biblical principles behind welcoming disabled people, then look at communication, worship, prayer and teaching. We talk about how to use these skills in your church setting, and support people to participate fully in church life.
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The Happiness Course
12th October in Bournemouth
9 November 2017 in London 
30th November in Leeds
The Happiness Course is a four week course developed by Livability which helps churches engage with their local community by exploring the meaning of happiness and wellbeing. Participants reflect on a wide range of topics including how success, relationships and a sense of purpose can contribute to happiness. The course is a tried and tested approach based on scientific research and real life experience that people can apply in their daily lives. The interactive training days are designed to give you all the tools you need to run Livability’s Happiness Course locally.
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New Parish Conference
​​​​​​​Grow roots. Weave links
November 9-10th 2017
The  New Parish Conference seeks to bring together those invested in church and community who feel called to be a faithful presence in their neighbourhoods. The varied programme which will be sure to inspire and the conference affords a great opportunity to build connections - including Livability’s Community Engagement Team. Please come and say hi! Anna Ruddick of the team will be sharing her thinking on building relationships that bring transformation.
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Funding opportunities
Sport England Tackling Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage Fund
An additional £3 million is now available to get more people engaged with physical activity. The Fund - which has several different levels and sizes of awards - will provide grants to support projects that use sport and physical activity to support positive social change for communities and individuals in lower socio-economic groups. The deadline is 6 November.
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Esme Fairbairn social change strand
Esme Fairbairn’s funding priorities involve participation; place and injustice. Successful projects will increase the participation of marginalised and excluded individuals and groups; revitalise community life or be addressing injustice and and inequality. There are no deadlines.
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Paul Hamlyn Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging. Core funding is offered to those working with young people experiencing disadvantage in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths and potential. There are no deadlines.
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