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Access Audit Checklist

We have a new Access audit Checklist available for use. It is a reasonably easy document to use and whilst it appears to be lengthy there are parts which will not apply in most cases.

Please do complete it and return a copy to, who can also be contacted for more information and assistance.

Download from here


Church among D/deaf and Disabled People

Welcome to our website. Our aim is to welcome and include people who are D/deaf or Disabled into the life of the church. We work alongside a team of people; some of whom have personal experience of these issues, and others who are part of the ministry and lay teams within our parishes. We are able to:-

  • Organise British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals
  • Co ordinate BSL signed church services across the Diocese
  • Provide training throughout the Diocese, to help increase awareness of D/deaf and disability issues and to provide practical help and guidelines for action
  • Support churches adhere to their legal requirements and share best practise between parishes
  • Promote awareness of issues relating to the Deaf Culture; the Social Model of Disability and the Rights and needs of Carers
  • Work collaboratively with other organisations involved in ministry with and among D/deaf and disabled people
  • Develop a team of volunteers
  • Encourage parishes to get involved with Disability Sunday. This year it was on Sunday 5th June 2011.Refer to the Churches for All website for a wide range of resources. (

If you would like to organise a training event in your parish please contact :

Suzanne Waddicor

Grassroots Centre at

St Philips

Leeds Road



Phone: 01282 877 640

Fax: 01282 788 661

Mobile: 07500 828868


Dementia Friendly Churches

Training as Dementia Friends
Joining dementia Action Alliances in your neighbourhood
Becoming a Dementia Friendly Church

There is much that you can do

Ed Saville ( for more details

Opening the Doors;

Ministry with People with Learning Disabilities and People on the Autistic Spectrum

The report highlights examples of good practice for the inclusion of people with learning disabilities in the life and work of the Church

Read the report

Hear the debate

This booklet is available on line and is a fantastic resource to be used in parishes. I also have an accomanying DVD, which I would be happy to loan out. If you would like support in your parish please contact me at the address above



Is a national organisation representing people affected by ill health, injury and disability. They have a regular newsletter and have a wide range or resources available on their website. There are some new publications including `If Only I`d Known That a Year Ago` , `Doing Money Differently`, `Doing Work Differently` and a revised edition of the National Key scheme for accessible toilets in the UK. They also do some interesting training events. Email them at website


Blackburn Diocese are working in partnership with the Torch Trust and had a recent training event on Sight Impairment and Blindness. Information on the course is set out below. If you would like some support either individually or within your parish please contact us

A Clearer Vision


Topics will include:

  • An introduction to blindness and sight impairment including practical exercises
  • Learn how to guide a blind person safely
  • Discussion
  • What does the Bible have to say about disability?
  • Find out about local available resources (Galloways and Action for Blind People)
  • An opportunity to network

Including Blind and Partially Sighted People in the life of the church

The Torch Trust recently conducted a survey on theses issues and a full report on the survey’s findings will be published on

The Torch Trust has produced a booklet called 'A Clearer Vision' which offers some practical ideas and guidance

If you would like advice or information please contact either myself or the Torch Trust directly at website



Prospects for People with Learning Disabilities

A full life in Christ for people with learning disabilities
Tel: 0118 951 6978

Torch Trust for the Blind

Torch Trust logoChristian literature and fellowship for blind and partially sighted people
Tel: 01858 438 260

GO! Sign

Supporting and enabling deaf Christians through networking, equipping, teaching and outreach
Tel: 01702 613 114


The new name of Grooms-Shaftesbury. Provider of care, housing, education and holidays for disabled people
Tel: 020 7452 2000

Through the Roof

Good News to all disabled people and those involved with their lives
Tel: 01372 749955

Open Ears

Fellowship for non-signing hard of hearing Christians
Tel: 01425 615 215

Mind & Soul

Mind & Soul is a nondenominational organisation exploring Christianity and mental health
Tel: Lifeline 08456-52-52-52

ASNA (Associate Member)

To support the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of people living with special needs and disabilities
01491 833 395

Guild of Church Braillists

The Guild of Church Braillists aims to advance the Christian religion in particular by transcribing Christian literature from print into Braille

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