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Disability Inclusion Action Group (DIAG)

Introducing the Diocese of Derby’s Disability Inclusion Action Group (DIAG)

Disability inclusion and access is taken very seriously by the Diocese of Derby. 

Volunteers, with a range of disabilities and challenges, who all share the passion of making positive change across the diocese launched the DIAG to support the diocese and parishes to become as inclusive to disabled people as they possibly can be.

Our work is focused around three key themes - Attitude, Access, and Agency.

These themes arise from the paper ‘Disabling Church’ researched and written by Cptn Tim Rourke, which was received and endorsed by Diocesan Synod in October 2021.

The report focused on changing attitudes towards disabled people, improving access to all the church’s activities, and ensuring disabled people are enabled to exercise agency by participating at all levels in church life and governance.

The group meet regularly and is chaired by Carl Veal. The group always welcomes interest and/or enquiries from congregation and churches across the diocese.

 

What can we do for you?

We view our purpose as serving the needs of the disabled within the Diocese of Derby.

All of our activities and tools are designed by the group towards making the lives of those with challenges easier within the churches across our diocese.

Our information is intended for all the people of the diocese; clergy, church leaders and parishoners alike and currently includes:

  1. The provision of accessibility advice and you may contact us directly at diag@derby.anglican.org. We would love to hear from you.
  2. As we progress, we will be offering seminars both online and in groups – keep a look out for announcements.
  3. We can offer advice based on the very personal experiences of living with a range of disabilities. The members of the diag group are comprised of volunteers mostly with disability or multiple disabilities of some form.

We are currently working on making available a Braille print toolkit; and a BSL toolkit which willl include how to engage British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. We are also liiking into access to completing a successful accessibility audit through an audit toolkit.

NB: All contact is treated in confidence and information will only be shared with express consent.

 

Getting Involved

We’d love to hear from you as your thoughts and experiences of church life and disability are important in developing best practice.

So whether you’re an individual with ‘lived’ or ‘caring' experience of disability, or a church, or community organisation, do get in contact with us.

We love to hear of new projects and events, and if you want to get more involved then we're always welcoming to new members joining our steering group.

 

DIAG related stories on the Diocese of Derby website

>> Bishop Malcolm experiences church from a wheelchair user’s perspective

>> Special service raises awareness of disability inclusion in churches

 

Events

Please note - unless otherwise stated, events listed here are external and not endorsed by the Diocese of Derby but we are happy to share the information on them.

Thursday, 18 May 2023
Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.

Saturday, 17 June 2023
Mental Health Friendly Church Training
A One Day training from Kintsugi Hope for lay leaders and church members.
St Peter's in the City. £12.00 per person. 
>> Book via Eventbrite

 

Resources

DIAG Chairman's report 2021-2022 [PDF]

All Stand brochure [PDF]

Disabling Church - report by Cptn Tim Rourke C.A. [PDF]

'Support Reimagined' - CofE and Livability [webpage]

Christian BSL
Songs, hymns, and carols in British Sign Language (BSL) signed by Deaf Christians.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Thursday, 18 May 2023. Purpose of the day is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than One Billion people with disabilities/impairments.

Through the Roof
A registered charity that exists to transform lives through Jesus with disabled people.

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