Originally formed to assist disabled children to live their faith, the Catholic Disability Fellowship now aims to help people of all ages.
If you or somebody you know - a friend or family member - has a disability that makes it difficult for them to participate fully in liturgy and/or church activities, then this website is for you. It is also for you if you would like to help people with disabilities to enjoy all the benefits of full participation in the life of the church.
Disabilities might include problems with mobility, vision or hearing; mental illness, autism or dementia; children with learning difficulties who might need extra help with preparation for First Communion and Confirmation.
The list of Aims below explains more fully what the Catholic Disability Fellowship has to offer.
To integrate people with disabilities into the life of the Catholic Church
To reach out to families who have disabled members and offer support and assistance with equipment, education, holidays, and spiritual help.
To provide spiritual and practical help to families with children and young adults who have physical, mental or sensory disabilities.
To raise the awareness of all parishioners in the Portsmouth Diocese to issues of disability. To encourage them to respond positively to people who have any form of disability so that they can play a full part in the life of the parish.
To share information on disability and disability organisations with all people in the Church.
To provide access to education on disability to all in the Church.
To ensure that every parish in the Diocese carries out a disability audit regularly.
To encourage the appointment of at least one disability representative in every parish and Pastoral Area, who will be responsible for ensuring that disability issues are constantly under review and that people with disabilities are supported and helped.
To raise funds to enable the Fellowship to give financial help to individuals and organisations in need.