News and blog item header image 800x350On the 11 May, national Christian disability and community charities Livability and Prospects for people with learning disabilities will be joining their operations together, in an exciting new chapter. Initially joining the Livability group structure, Prospects will be a fully integrated part of Livability within 2 years.

Both charities are major providers of disability services, partnering with churches and other local agencies in the delivery of care and community work throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Between them, the charities have a staff base of over 2000, over 1500 volunteers and 1000s of donors and partners all committed to helping improve the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people.

Livability’s services include residential care, a school and a further education college for disabled students, a brain injury rehabilitation centre and a range of supported and independent living services. They also support churches engage with their communities through a number of link church partners.

Prospects services have a particular focus on supporting people with learning disabilities and their families. They provide training on issues of disability and run a number of care homes.

In the last decade, both charities have mobilised the UK church to respond to the needs of disabled people and enjoy a far more inclusive and accessible community experience.

Placing the lives of the people we support at the heart of all we do, the charities will combine strengths and expertise to deliver a broader portfolio of commissioned care, church and community work around England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

With Prospects joining Livability, we can build capacity, enhance delivery for the people we support; grow disability awareness; mobilise a broader supporter base and maximise our effectiveness and sustainability.

Dave Webber, CEO of Livability says:

“As Christian charities, Livability and Prospects have a strong track record in practically living our faith through disability care, church and community work. Prospects joining Livability is a wonderful opportunity for impact and change. It’s certainly not news that disabled people in the UK are too often at the brunt of cuts to public services and shrinking budgets. They often face increasing social exclusion, health limitations and poorer life opportunities. Charities like ours must mobilise local people, resources and strengths to take the lead and work together for lasting, positive change across our neighbourhoods. With our service users, we must explore together what will make our communities livable for all we support.”

Mick Ledden, CEO of Prospects says:

“Prospects was founded as “Christian Concern for the Mentally Handicapped” at a time when disabled people were often locked away in institutions, out of society. Over the past forty years, with the support of local churches and the communities in which they live, we have been instrumental in establishing a range of quality services for people with learning disabilities and their families. We have provided ministry training and resources to enable churches to become more accessible, building a UK-wide network of church based support groups.

“Delivering the best possible service and experience for the people we support is top priority for our charities. With such an alignment of ethos and strategic focus, joining our operations and expertise with Livability will enable us to enhance sustain and deepen our work. We are really excited to be extending our impact by joining the Livability Group.”

Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury Livability’s President said:

“I am delighted to see Prospects joining the Livability family to share their resources, experience and passion. Both charities do extraordinary work, empowering those with disabilities to play a full part in the body of Christ and to bless the church and wider community with their gifts. I look forward expectantly to see what new possibilities emerge from this exciting partnership. Please join me in prayerfully supporting this next chapter in the journey.”

Visit the Livability web site: www.livability.org.uk , or follow on social media at www.twitter.com/LivabilityUK  and www.facebook.com/LivabilityUK.213.

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