One strand of our diocesan vision, to be Church for a Different World, is to work for a world where people with disabilities, cognitive conditions and various forms of dementia are not seen as 'less than' in any way, but as people with unique gifts, insights and wisdom borne of their experience. A world where all are valued for who they are.
About 17% of people in the UK live with a disability of some kind. 95% of us will experience some form of disability during our lifetime. The diocesan Disability Task Group develops policies and resources to help establish a Church where everyone is welcome and everyone’s gifts and insights are valued and used.
Physical disability, especially impaired mobility, is one of the most familiar forms of disability, often one that is associated with isolation and lack of access. The disability charity, Livability, says: “The participation of disabled people in all strands of life is vital. People shouldn’t face disabling barriers that take away from their wellbeing and life opportunities.”
A list of resources on disability and physical disability, and on the participation of disabled people in all aspects of life, including church, is available here.
Children with disabilities
Simple, practical advice to help you make your church more welcoming for children with disabilities or additional needs and their families.
The Deaf Community
Resources for the Deaf Community are available to download. These include information on Deaf Churches, clubs, BSL services and interpretation for occasional offices.
The diocesan chaplain to the Deaf Community is The Revd Canon Cathy Nightingale
It is important that church members and leaders make their spaces accessible to the visually impaired, and are aware of how to relate to people with eyesight loss. Of course, this applies to all forms of disability.
Torch Trust, a Christian organisation working with and for the visually impaired, has developed a program entitled Sight Loss Friendly Church, to help churches and groups to attain this awareness.
Mental health and wellbeing is important to the Diocese of Manchester. Our Mental Wellbeing Youth Worker, Amy Sixsmith, supports clergy, youth workers and chaplains with mental health first aid training. She has put together Mental Health Resources that will be of use for churches and schools, and includes details of organisations that provide further help and support. For details of Amy’s training, click here.
Please contact Archdeacon Cherry Vann to reach the diocesan Disability Task Group.
10 Sept. 2019 In: Disability
Advice for churches on welcoming children with disabilities, including details of organisations that provide support. Read more
2 Aug. 2019 In: Disability
Mental Health resources for churches and schools, including details of organisations that provide support. Read more
23 July 2019 In: Disability
Information on Deaf Churches, clubs, BSL services and interpretation for occasional offices. Read more
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