CDF

Helping people with disabilities to participate fully in the life and worship of the church

What do we do?

 

1. CDF tries to be a family caring for one another so the Committee meets about every six weeks to talk about what is happening in various parts of the Diocese and how help can be given to parishes and families.

2. We are currently trying to see that every parish in the Diocese has at least one Disability Representative to ensure that all our churches are disability-friendly and inclusive. We offer support and advice to our Disability Reps when they need it.

3. We raise money through the sale of cards – notelets and Christmas cards - in order to have funds to support families in need.

4. We produce a Newsletter four times a year featuring articles by our members, news of disability issues and details of events being held throughout the Diocese.

5. We organise Conferences with expert Speakers to keep our members fully informed on different aspects of Disability.

6. We offer financial support to individuals and families who are brought to our notice by parish and pastoral area representatives. We have helped to buy special equipment, such as beds, wheelchairs, computers, and paid for special skills training and vocational courses.

7. There is a special CDF Mass each year – usually in June or July – held in a different parish in the Diocese each time. It is hosted by the parish in which it is held

8. Every year the CDF aims to support a child going on Pilgrimage to Lourdes with HCPT.

9. Faith and Light is one of the most active groups for people with disabilities and they are very much part of the CDF, having a place on the Committee and providing the drama in all our Liturgies.

10. CDF aims to support organisations that work with and provide homes for people with disabilities, like the L’Arche Community in Bognor, the Elizabeth Fitzroy Homes in Liss, Petersfield and Haslemere.

11. A listening ear is always at the end of the telephone for those in need of a sympathetic hearing.