On 6th September 2017, Books Beyond Words launched Going to Church, one of its series of wordless books for people with learning and communication difficulties. The book is the first in a mini-series about faith and community. Lambeth Palace, the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury, provided an atmospheric and impressive setting for…Details
“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you” Romans 15: 7 Jesus is for everyone Worship is for everyone All are welcome How do our places of gathering, the way we worship and our activities reflect this? To make our communities and worship more inclusive we need to give reasonable consideration to how…Details
Professor June Andrews Introduction Being a dementia friendly church is about much more than the physical building. It is about how the church welcomes people with dementia and their carers. It is about how you support them and help them to worship in spite of the common trials and tribulations that dementia brings. You can…Details
Toilet Talk At a recent seminar in Allan Park South Church, Stirling there was a presentation on the subject of toilets. It is surprising how, with a bit of care and organisation, toilet facilities within our churches can be made more useable for members of our congregations who have dementia. Professor Mary Marshall is one…Details
Playlist for life – Music for Dementia Playlist for Life is a charity founded in 2013 by writer and broadcaster Sally Magnusson after the death of her mother, Mamie, who had dementia. More than 20 years of scientific research shows that listening to a personal playlist can make living with dementia easier and happier. Building…Details
Faith in Older People At a recent seminar in Allan Park South Church, Stirling there was a presentation by Faith in Older people. This is an Edinburgh based charity with a newly released learning resource entitled ‘One step at a time’. One step at a time Their website has a wealth of information. Please visit: …Details
The Scottish Churches Disability Group encourages churches and individual congregations to appoint a suitable person as a Disability Adviser.
We have compiled some guidance resources for this position.
Dyslexia is a much misunderstood condition. However there is a wealth of knowledge available on the Dyslexia Scotland website. https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/ There are many leaflets, there is a helpline and a chat line. What is dyslexia For dyslexia friendly formats go to: Print types and fonts that can help For dyslexia friendly tips for speakers, ministers,…Details
This guide suggests things that local churches can do to include dyslexic people. It’s available to download here in Word (so that you can edit it if you need to e.g. change the background colour) and PDF (for printing). The guide is comprehensive and signposts to sources of further information. It is written with dyslexic adults in…Details
Most church members will know their way around their church buildings including their halls. For visitors and those members who have failing eyesight, dementia, dyslexia and other conditions, clear and informative sings are indispensable. Many churches around the country are beginning to address this challenge by the simple and relatively inexpensive addition of relevant signage…Details