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We serve the Deaf Community and people who are deaf but not part of the Deaf Community, as well as hard of hearing people.
Chaplaincy amongst Deaf & Hard of Hearing People –
This role of Chaplain Amongst the Deaf Community is currently vacant. The appointment process for a new chaplain is underway. For information contact Canon Dr Andrew Braddock, Director of Mission and Ministry: .
Worship, Occasional Offices, Pastoral Care and Study
Chaplaincy services of worship in British Sign Language (BSL) usually take place on the third Sunday of each month but are currently suspended due to the pandemic. Services are usually held at 3.15pm. We try to arrange transport to services where possible. However, a weekly service in BSL is offered by the BSL Church Worship Group – different Deaf Church leaders each week on a rota: These services can be seen on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/BSLChurchWorship or via YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMo0_lugBjEMuL00tzGRdDw/featured
Two resources for prayer and worship worth highlighting are:
The national on-line worship offered by the Church of England:
All video content is manually subtitled. To turn these on, go to the bottom left of the video and click the filled-in box with two broken lines inside. The service is BSL-interpreted throughout.
Secondly, there is a series of daily devotions that you might find useful:
The Diocese of Gloucester is able to help with the cost of a BSL interpreter for funerals and other pastoral services when they are led by a Church of England minister. Please contact Canon Dr Andrew Braddock, Director of Mission and Ministry: .
The Christian Interpreters Network link is: https://www.signsofgod.org.uk/cin-info
Accessibility: website and social media content
We aim to ensure that all of our digital resources are informative and entertaining to use as well as being accessible. Where we’ve missed a trick or could do a better job – please contact the diocesan office and let us know!
Accessibility depends on how a person’s disability affects the way they perceive information on a web page. To keep our sites up with developments in digital comms, we test regularly via the W3C-recommended Webaim tools, as well as participating in UX/UI workshops around the South West. Though not all content on this website is CC-licensed, we do share back and are actively involved in various development communities including Accessible Bristol, regional UX devs, the WordPress dev community & WCLDN, W3C networks and stack overflow.
We always work to improve ‘Alt tagging’ on imagery on our websites, and test systems to try and keep them as open as possible. When we create a video, we add subtitles wherever possible; please do request specific subtitling if it isn’t yet available.
We often use PDF format as font sizes can be manipulated by the user to aid legibility. Where mailings are hardcopy printed, we offer large-print versions and digital copies to aid accessibility wherever possible. Please contact the diocesan office to request specific content.