Signing for Deaf people

The Chaplain among the Deaf

The Chaplain among Deaf People is the contact point for anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing or deafened in Manchester Diocese. In Manchester, there are monthly services at deaf clubs, and in mental health units for deaf people which are conducted in British Sign Language.

There are also deaf/hearing integrated services at some hearing churches which are conducted in both speech and sign language, visits to deaf people in prison, hospitals and schools.

The Chaplain can also give advice to priests who have a deaf or deafened person in their congregation, or what to do if a deaf person wants a wedding, baptism or a funeral.

In Manchester Diocese the Chaplain among deaf people is Revd Cathy Nightingale. You can contact her at:

St John’s Vicarage
Carrhill Road


Mobile text only 07876 653813

Cathy regularly visits Alpha Hospital, Bury All Saints Hospital, Oldham, John Denmark Unit, Prestwich and prisons in the Manchester area. Please contact Cathy if you know anyone at these places in need of her help.

For clergy, ministers and those leading worship: If you have a deaf person in your congregation, always ask them what they want before you do anything. Download Practical tips and ideas

Church Services for Deaf people

Bolton Centre for Deaf People, Bark Street
12.45pm, usually on the first Tuesday of the month

Bury Metro Deaf Society, 8 Tenterden Street
2pm usually on the third Wednesday of the month

180 Club, Railway Road, Leigh WN7 4AX.
Wednesday evenings four times a year

Manchester Deaf Centre, Crawford House, Booth Street East, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester M13 9GH,
12.45pm, normally first Monday of the month 

Holy Innocents Church, 2 Wilbraham Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6HJ 
10am first Sunday of the month there is a BSL interpreter
For details contact Revd Hayley Matthews; 

Rossendale Valley
Crawhawbooth Youth and Community Centre, Adelaide Street, Rossendale BB4 8PW
Friday evenings, four times a year.

Joint Deaf/hearing services are held throughout the year at:
St Matthew’s Stretford