Welcome Disabled People

A new Diocesan DisABILITY Steering Group has been established to help champion disability issues and support parishes, mission communities and diocesan structures to make activities accessible for all. The group is chaired by Mr Stephen Macey who is a member of the Bishop’s Diocesan Council and Diocesan Synod. Members represent different churchmanship and location in terms of rural and urban parish experiences.

One in seven of us experience disability of some kind. In the life of the parishes and the diocese we value the contributions that parish secretaries, church wardens, Readers, priests and lay people who have disability issues of some kind.

People with disabilities enhance our church life in many ways especially when they challenge us to look at the way we do things. By changing things we often end up making life better for everyone – ‘enabling’ the full ministry of the Church. Sometimes our services, activities and attitudes, not just our buildings, give disabled people further challenges to overcome. Below you will find advice and resources that will help your church be more accessible to all. For further details please email Sally Farrant, Social Responsibility Officer, Church and Society.

Our special thanks go to the Rev Debbie Starling who, since 2006, has been our voluntary disABILITY Awareness Adviser for the Diocese of Exeter (voluntary). She has brought a wealth of family experience of disability to her role as well as a passion for justice, and the inclusion in the life and worship of the Church for people with disabilities of all kinds. We pray for her as her ministry continues to develop.


Be a dementia-friendly church

Church is for everyone – guidance on disability

Communicating with a person who has impaired hearing

Communicating with people with learning disabilities

Making wheelchair users and carers welcome

Dyslexia Advice

Include people with autism and Asperger Syndrome

Celebrate Together

This is a monthly Fresh Expression especially inclusive for people who have learning disabilities and their friends and family which meets monthly in the Exeter area. Download the Celebrate Together leaflet.

For further information about Celebrate Together and other local groups please contact the Rev Debbie Starling.

Useful websites

Through the roof
Churches for all

Living Options Devon
This is a leading, local disability organisation with an excellent reputation for providing a range of user-led projects to improve services, equality of opportunity and social inclusion across the county.
tel: 01392 459222 fax: 01392 423427 sms: 07958 517919
Living options

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