Inclusion and diversity

In Britain, the latest estimates from the Family Resources Survey indicate that 14.6 million people in the UK had a disability in the 2020/21 financial year. This represents 22% of the total population. (source: www.commonslibrary.parliament.uk)

About 95% of us will experience disability at some time during our life. If you became disabled and wanted to continue attending your church, how easy would that be?

In this diocese, we celebrate the inclusion, contribution, and ministry of disabled people, acknowledging that the church community is only complete when all are welcome.

Paul, the apostle, wrote, "those parts that seem to be weaker are indispensable" (1 Cor 12.22)

In this diocese, we aim to support all congregations to ensure that our buildings, activities, and services are welcoming and accessible for disabled people. 

Accessibility: what do we mean by ‘accessibility’?

If something is ‘accessible’, everyone can use it without discrimination. It therefore applies to everything – for example, projected and printed material, the physical building, the way we talk, and so on, can all help (or hinder) people.

Resources

Our website pages below provide lots of information to help you.  If you preferred please download our booklet with more detailed information.  (LINK ONCE PDF READY). 

Becoming a dementia friendly church | weblink

More Than Welcome guide for churches on welcoming disabled people (Livability) | weblink

Book: Worship and Disability: A Kingdom for All | weblink

Course: The Enabling Church Course from Churches for All | weblink

What Is A Learning Disability? See Our Definition | Mencap | weblink

 

 

Inclusion and diversity - online

Publicise that your church is accessible


Inclusion and diversity - the spoken word

Consider the use of Microphones, Sound Systems, Hearing Loops, Braille and Signing


Inclusion and diversity - words and pictures

Good practice for your presentations


Inclusion and diversity in your church building

We want buildings to be as accessible as possible.


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