Norwich bishop welcomes new president role

JustinWelbyBishop450The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev Justin Welby,  has been named as the new president of Christian disability charity Livability, a charity with a strong presence in Norwich.

The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, has welcomed the appointment to the national charity, which works with churches to help thousands of disabled people in the UK and overseas.
Bishop Graham is a supporter and member of the Friends of John Grooms Court and launched the campaign for the Livability accommodation on Sprowston Road to be expanded in 2010.
Speaking of the new president he said: “I’m delighted the Archbishop has agreed to become President of Livability.   He succeeds Baroness Haworth of Breckland, who has done a magnificent job guiding the work of this Christian charity for the disabled and those in great need. 
“Livability is active in supporting the needs of disabled people in Norwich and John Grooms Court in Sprowston provides accommodation and services for 29 young disabled adults. The facilities there were improved considerably after a local appeal three years ago, which was well supported within Norfolk. The provision of care and services for such young disabled people helps them live with dignity and purpose. It is very good news that the Archbishop is to take such a leading role with Livability.”
Archbishop Justin said: “Disabled people have much to offer to our local communities, workplaces and to society in general, but they face real financial hardship and unacceptable barriers when trying to access education, training, housing, transport and the care they require.”
The news was also welcomed at John Grooms Court in Norwich. Manager, Jackie Hursey said: “It’s so important for us to work together with a wide variety of organisations and it’s great news about our new president. Working together and sharing the journey as we support our residents is what it’s all about.”
Archbishop Justin’s presidency will help continue the close and historic relationship between the Church of England and Livability, which was formed after two older Christian charities, John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society, merged in 2007.

Pictured above is Archbishop Justin Welby with the Bishop of Norwich in Norwich earlier this year.

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