Church of England Diocese of Blackburn Burnley (Habergham Eaves) St. Matthew the Apostle with Holy Trinity

St Matthew's is now a Sight Loss friendly church

10 Sep 2021, 3:15 p.m.
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People with sight loss can easily feel unable to join in with or attend church, leading to a lack of community support and human connection. 

Torch Trust is a Christian sight loss charity, and has a new FREE initiative - Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC) which has been developed to help churches to become accessible for people with sight loss. More information can be found at the Homepage - Sight Loss Friendly Church from Torch Trust

St Matthew's is proud to now be a Sight Loss Friendly Church which means that we will always provide a warm welcome to people with sight loss. We will endeavour to follow these principles:

THINK - When planning church events, services or communications think  “What can we do to include blind or partially sighted people?”

ASK - Approach individuals and ask what would be best for them.

ACT - Make changes, adapt room layouts or use Torch resources so that everyone with sight loss feels included in your church.

St Matthew's currently can provide large print hymn books, service sheets and Eucharist booklets. We are currently investigating how best to guide a blind individual around our building correctly.

Our Sight Loss Champion is Mike Seymour. Please contact him on 07885 831868 or email at [email protected] We would welcome any feedback and ideas. 

Please speak to Mike, our Clergy, or the Church Wardens if there is anything we can do to assist you at St Matthew's. Thank-you.