Livability is the largest Christian national disability charity which exists to provide opportunity and support to the lives of thousands of disabled and disadvantaged people. Livability was created by the merger of the Shaftesbury Society and John Grooms in 2007. We combine a strong historical heritage as social reformers with a desire to innovate and a vision to end social exclusion. In order to achieve this change we: • We offer a wide and diverse range of services to help disabled people-of all ages. reach their full potential and develop their independence. • We put disabled and disadvantaged people and their families and carers at the centre of everything we do. • We actively campaign to remove the barriers that prevent disabled and disadvantaged people from fully accessing education, training, housing, care, employment or simply when trying to integrate within their local community and society as a whole.

10 February 2016
Voluntary Sector, Care, Communication, Other, Housing Sector, Recreation, Health

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?


... is the largest Christian disability charity that supports people in various settings throughout the UK and is based in London.  

... strongly identifies with a disability approach towards all disabled people including those with dementia. 

... enables people with dementia and their family carers to find ways of empowerment by making worthwhile choices about their support within local communities in which they are included, engaged and recognised as having something valuable to contribute.     

... occupies an important and significant role within the Church and Community that builds on its longstanding provision of training and support regarding disabled people.


 •  has the capacity to develop and deliver training programmes that support DAA outcomes and enable churches to become accessible and inclusive to people with dementia and their informal carers;

 • supports the development of church-based resources such as memory cafes and relative support groups to deliver DAA outcomes;

• disseminates information that supports DAA outcomes within churches and church-based organisations through its email list, newsletters and media contacts such as Premier Radio.  

• works alongside different organisations within the  local communities, including faith groups to promote the DAA outcomes and create dementia friendly communities.

 • trains employees within Livability and other Christian organisations as Dementia Friends. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Livability is well placed to deliver DAA outcomes due to its disability approach and its position of respect within the Christian community.  Livability's main challenge relates to

 • applying DAA outcomes within its policies and among its employees at a national and local level;

 • recruiting and developing training in churches and Christian-based organisations that are seeking to become dementia friendly and implement DAA outcomes;

• setting DAA outcomes within a theological framework that provides a rationale for churches to re-direct its work with people who have dementia;

• supporting churches and church-based organisations as they develop resources and facilities that are based on, and will implement DAA outcomes;

• disseminating information and materials that support DAA outcomes through various forms of media including the internet and commercial radio.

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2. Actions

  • Training programmes for clergy of all Christian denominations that promote dementia friendly churches.

    Few training programmes presently exist for lay, trainee clergy and ordained clergy that support DAA outcomes and dementia friendly communities.  As a Christian organisation supporting a disability approach, Livability is in a unique position to develop a national training programme for lay, trainee clergy and ordained clergy that will enable churches to consider what they can do to contribute towards the creation of dementia friendly communities.  This will involve developing, marketing and delivering a national training programme, and evaluating its success.  While the training programme adopts a distinctive Christian perspective on people with dementia and the development of connected and supportive communities, the programme will be open to people of all faiths. Livability welcomes the opportunity to support people from other faiths to develop similar programmes that are from their faith position.  


    2015 - First Quarter Update

    Since January 2014, Livability has

    1. successfully delivered training that have supported the development of dementia friendly churches in a range of churches through the UK, including a four day training programme the Diocese of Blackburn (Church of England). 

    2. Gained 350 new Dementia Friends with support from the Alzheimer's Society at Greenbelt Christian Arts Festival.

    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member.

  • Train existing and future employees of Livability as Dementia Friends and offer this training to other Christian organisations.

    All employees at Livability's London headquarters will be invited to become a Dementia Friend.  Dementia Friends training will be offered by Dementia Champions employed by Livability and made available within work time.  It is anticipated that the resulting Dementia Friends will gain an increased awareness and knowledge about people with dementia and will increase the capacity of Livability to develop dementia friendly practice.  


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member. 

  • Work with other Christians to integrate DAA outcomes within a theological approach towards people with dementia and their support that will offer churches a rationale to engage, support and contribute towards creating dementia friendly communities.

    Many people with dementia have had past contact with churches through christenings, weddings and funerals.  These contacts often constitute a significant place in their biography and memory.  While some churches have small congregations, many of the most lively and committed churches have large, young congregations.  These churches offer a significant potential resource to the local community and once mobilised and trained, offer an important and significant group that can engage with and contribute to the development of a dementia friendly community.

    Livability seeks to develop, with other Christians, a theological framework within which DAA outcomes may be located and are then able to be used as a basis for its engagement with people who have dementia and contribute to the creation of dementia friendly communities.


    2014 - First Quarter Update

    New member.