Disabled Friendly Church

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Making it easier to welcome and integrate people with disabilities into the life of your church

20% of the United Kingdom’s population admit to having some form of disability. Many of these are Christians seeking to live out their lives with the challenges presented by their disability. CofE

In the Diocese of Liverpool we take seriously the need to encourage and strengthen the participation of all people whatever their ability or disability.

Anyone can have a call to serve and worship God and we want to make sure that our churches do not become a block to those Christian’s living with disability. As a diocese we seek to support and encourage the ministries of Deaf people, people with disabilities and the ministries of all those who work with them. This involves:
  • Encouraging and strengthening the participation and representation of Deaf people and people with disabilities at every level in the life and witness of the Church.
  • Providing training, advice and support for those involved in ministry with Deaf people and people with disabilities
  • Seeking to ensure that the gifts and ministries of all Deaf people and people with disabilities are fully used and valued in the Church.
The Disabled Friendly Church Award has been carefully designed to help your parish show what you do to enable those with a disability to become equal partners in the life of your church.

This is important because………………….

Jesus valued everybody and wants us to reach out to all. We need to see and nurture the gifts and abilities in all people – in the way Jesus has seen and nurtured our gifts. Through being open and accessible to all we can have more disciples for Christ fully participating in the life of the church. By gaining this award you can show your community how open and welcoming you are.

For information regarding the award please download the Disabled Friend Church Award guide

To apply for the Disabled Friendly Church Award download the application form and then contact:
Debbie Doran,
Admin Support Worker for Ruth Reed,
St James’ House, 20 St James Road, Liverpool, L1 7BY
Telephone 0151 705 2124 or
e-mail: deborah.doran@liverpool.anglican.org
Hours of work: Tuesday & Wednesday 9.30am-3.00pm

For further help and advice contact:
Diocesan Vulnerable Adults Adviser & Disability Officer
Ruth Reed
St James’ House, 20 St James Road, Liverpool, L1 7BY
Telephone 0151 705 2130 or
e-mail: ruth.reed@liverpool.anglican.org