Specialist Adviser: Margaret Fraher
St Philip Howard Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley West Sussex RH10 6RP.
Tel: Crawley (01293) 651196
Priest Adviser: Mgr Benny O'Shea
Commission Members: Maria Booker, Peter Booker, Margaret Fraher, Kathleen O'Gorman, Mgr Benny O'Shea, Kat Pond, David Purcell, Mary Threakall.
WHAT IS INCLUSION?
“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and those who welcome me welcome the one who sent me.” Matthew 10:40
“Always treat others as you would like to be treated.” Matthew 7:12
How can we ensure that the marginalised feel part of our community?
How can we meet the needs of individuals or groups in our parish to ensure that they can access the Liturgies, meetings, information, and events in the life of the parish?
For details of current Courses and Resources, and ways we can offer support for your parish, please click here
Guidance for Catholics and Catholic Organisations on Equality Legislation
This document was prepared by the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship and approved for publication by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
The Inclusion Adviser is able to raise awareness of the Equality Law with Parish Teams and to advise and support parishes in the implementation of the Law.
The Inclusion Adviser also supports the implementation of the Equality Law for Diocesan groups and events.
The Diocesan Inclusion Adviser is available to:
- Lead Inclusion Awareness Training for a parish, deanery or a diocesan group. This may be particularly helpful for Parish Pastoral Teams, Liturgy groups, Catechists, Children’s Liturgy Leaders, Welcomers, Leaders of parish groups and other volunteers.
- This training will celebrate what is already being done, identify what else needs to be considered, and signpost a variety of resources to support Inclusion.
- It can be delivered locally at a time to suit the particular group.Give specific advice and support about the particular needs of individuals to facilitate the best possible access to Liturgy, Sacramental preparation, meetings and parish or diocesan events.
- Give advice about Accessibility and the related legislation in the Equality Act 2010.
- Work with clergy, parish teams, parishes and deaneries to explore, develop and celebrate the Ministry of Welcoming.
Sacramental Preparation for People with Learning Needs
It is important that all candidates for Sacramental preparation have access to appropriate resources and support according to their specific need.
The Inclusion Adviser is able to give advice and support on adapting resources and the delivery of the programme or preparation for Baptism, Reconciliation, First Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage and RCIA, to meet the specific needs of an individual or group. It may also be possible to facilitate people with similar needs in different parishes to establish contact with each other.
People who suffer from dyslexia may benefit from a coloured background on documents. It may also be helpful to visit the following websites for suggested fonts to help people with dyslexia to access written materials more easily. It may be helpful to visit this website http://opendyslexic.org.
Hand In Hand
This is an integrated group of adults with and without learning disabilities in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. They come together to pray, explore and deepen their faith. They express this faith with others and lead people in prayer, especially using ways beyond words such as mime, symbol and movement. For further information visit www.handinhandab.co.uk
The Inclusion Adviser is able support and advise parishes on how to best meet the needs of parishioners with physical disabilities to enable them to participate as fully as possible in the life and liturgy of the parish, deanery and diocese.
People who have a physical disability are encouraged to contact the Inclusion Adviser to share good practice, highlight helpful resources and websites and request advice and/or support.
DIOCESAN SERVICE FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
Chaplain & Director: Rev Ian Byrnes
The Presbytery, 34 Horsham Avenue, Peacehaven, East Sussex, BN10 8HX
Mobile: 07818 087992
Co-ordinators/Communicators: Peter & Maria Booker
Letters to be sent to: For the attention of Mrs Maria Booker c/o The Philip Howard Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, W Sussex , RH10 6RP
Mobile: SMS 07970428601 (Text only and please add your name at the end of the message)
Voice Contact: Jim Mortell Telephone: 01273 552159
Go to Links for the Catholic Deaf Association including the Roman Missal for the Mass, Prayers and Glossary in Sign Language.
Would you like to learn how to become an interpreter for people who are deaf? More details here
BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED
It is good practice for parishes to provide enlarged print versions of Liturgy booklets, Newsletters and any other key documents. It is also helpful if these key documents are available online so the reader can enlarge the print or change the font and background colour as required.
Diocesan documents and publications are available in a large print format upon request.
Go to Links for the Royal National Institute for the Blind which has helpful resources for use in the parish.