Disabilities and Additional Needs
Welcome to the Diocese of Exeter disability and additional needs page. Here you should find lots of useful information and resources.
Please do get in touch with Claire Reynolds, our Disability and Additional Needs Advisor (voluntary) via email or phone: 07858 313677. Claire is happy to speak with you whatever questions or queries you may have about disability, additional needs, accessibility and inclusion. Equally, if you are aware of organisations not listed here, please do get in touch with her.
Have you got questions about changes to a church building to make it more accessible? Contact Nigel Pratt via email or phone: 01392 294944.
Have you identified a person in your congregation with a disability or additional need(s), and has a calling to ministry? Please contact Hannah Mears, our Vocations Development Officer, via email and visit our vocations page to find out more.
Count Everyone In exists to encourage, advise, and support churches to welcome and be accessible for adults with disabilities and additional needs. They have a wealth of resources as well as offering good quality training.
Urban Saints offer training for those looking to make children’s and youth work more accessible, with their “All Inclusive?” training sessions. These sessions were developed in house by their additional needs ministry director Mark Arnold.
The Additional Needs Alliance helps churches to include, support, and create places of belonging for and spiritually grow children, young people and young adults with additional needs or disabilities.
Through the Roof is a Christian charity that seeks to change the lives of disabled people around the world, and looks to make churches more accessible through its network of “Roofbreakers”. We would encourage you to join in with this network. They have collated a useful list of possible sources for funding if you are planning to make disability related improvements to a church building.
Devon Deaf Church are Deaf Christians that work together to provide worship, bible study and fellowship for Sign Language users across Devon.