Welcome Disabled People: The July 2017 challenge to clergy and Readers

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.

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.


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.

Living Options Devon

…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. Living options

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