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Livability: The art of listening

August 2017

Livability Community Engagement eNews

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Hi Peter,

This is your Livability newsletter all about Community Engagement. Each month we bring you articles, stories and resources as well as funding opportunities and events to encourage and inspire you to make life more livable where you are.

Featured this month....
  • Be challenged to celebrate the likeness of God that we find in each other - the theme of the Greenbelt communion service we are helping to put together.
  • Register for free resources for Ability Sunday
  • Find out more about Corin Pilling‘s story and how God has brought his experiences and passions together in his life and work.
  • Discover afresh that the best listening happens when we stay silent.
  • Be inspired by L’Arche founder Jean Vanier and his thoughts on community and the universal need to know that we belong and are loved.
  • And, of course, don’t miss our usual events and current funding opportunities.

The art of listening... is also the art of not speaking

Good listening

Being there for someone and really listening to them without feeling the need to come up with answers and solutions is something we can all struggle to do. Maggie Harding, who works with Livability’s Community Engagement team, shares how several recent stories have reminded her of the power of silence.

Reflecting the whole image and character of God - Livability and the Greenbelt communion service


This year Livability is helping Greenbelt look at inclusion and participation, by using the story of the feeding of the multitudes at the communion service near the end of the event. The focus is about recognising that we all reflect the whole image and character of God.
If we allow anyone to be excluded, either by accident or thoughtlessness or prejudice, we will see God less clearly. The more we recognise our common humanity, the sharper our image of God will be. God simply does not recognise our categories of leaders and followers, haves and have-nots, children and adults, the able-bodied and the disabled.

Ability Sunday

Ability Sunday

Ability Sunday is one way of many that churches can reach out to isolated disabled and vulnerable people.The theme for this year’s Ability Sunday will be inspired by Jesus’s challenge to ‘Love thy neighbour as yourself.’ Only when we consider the needs of others and treat them as ourselves, can we truly create a place of welcome and inclusion.  We hope that many of you will journey with us on Ability Sunday. A free pack including sermon outlines and creative activities for an inclusive celebration service is now available and we are also working on a short film.

‘Everybody’s skills and gifts have a place’ Corin Pilling shares his motivations and passions in an interview with the Church Times


Find out what makes Corin tick, how God has brought his passions together, and why he loves his job at Livability, in this interview with the influential Church Times in May this year.

Jean Vanier - the key to happiness is being together and being loved

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is the inspirational theologian, philospher and founder of L’Arche communities. As well as the moving, newly-released film Summer in the Forest, (watch a short film trailer here), he was recently interviewed by Nicky Gumbel and shares his views on why he founded L’Arche, what it means to be human, the power of eating together and Jesus’ love for those on the margins.

Happiness Course Training

9 November

Livability HQ, London

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 training days are interactive and draw on the material in the course. They are designed to give you all the tools you need to run Livability’s Happiness Course locally.


25-28 August 2017

Boughton House, Northamptonshire

Livability is a long-term associate of this event. We’re looking forward to being there again this year and are heavily involved with the main communion service and leading workshops. Why not join us?

Parallel London

3 September 2017

Queen Elizabeth Park, London

Parallel London is the world’s first fully inclusive mass participation event, designed for all ages and abilities. Anyone can take part in one of the five distances offered:10km, 5km, 1km, Super Sensory 1km, 100m. If you’re passionate about tackling barriers in people’s lives and working for more inclusive communities, please join in and support Livability by taking up one of our 100 FREE charity places. All we ask is that you raise £150 (or more!) for Livability and we’ll support you with all the fundraising tips and guidance you’ll need.

New Parish Conference - Grow roots. Weave links

9-10 November 2017

St Martin in the Bullring, Birmingham

Christian communities all across the UK are finding new ways to connect with the particular places they inhabit.  Meet people who share your passions, hear inspiring stories, and learn from others. Hear from over 40 presenters - including Livability’s own Anna Ruddick - plus storytellers and seasoned practitioners from across the UK and around the world.

Reyooz - free stuff for tight budgets

Reyooz helps businesses pass on goods and equipment they would otherwise throw away, so that charities, SME’s and community centres can bid for the goods they need.

FSI Fundraising Resources

The FSI, working with Local Giving, Small Charities Coalition and the Charity Finance Group has funding to deliver a comprehensive learning programme to small charities and community groups across the UK.  As well as events, there are webinars, workshops, videos and toolkits on all aspects of fundraising as well as other aspects of charity leadership such as finance and governance.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Foundation accepts applications from churches and charities working in the areas of welfare, youth, community, arts, faith, environment, education or health. You can apply for capital, core costs (but not individual salaries) or project work. Applications can be made at any time.

Rayne Foundation 

The Rayne Foundation makes grants to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK. Their main focus is on connecting communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society, and enabling individuals to reach their full potential. Areas of special interest include young people’s improved mental health; arts as a tool to achieve social change and improved quality of life for carers and for older people. Grants are generally £10,000 to £20,000 per year for up to three years. Salary and project costs are both considered. Applications can be made at any time.

‘You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,
restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate,
make the community livable again.’

Isaiah 58:12 The Message version

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Posted on 3 Aug 2017

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