Blurred People
Is this how some of
your church see you?

What have other churches done to become more Sight Loss Friendly?

Here you can find out about the work being done by various Sight Loss Friendly Churches around the country – have a look at their ideas for some great inspiration!

St Thomas Baptist Church, Exeter

  • Training: They hosted a training event from Torch Trust, attended by 30 people, including the pastor and church leadership.
  • Practical action: They made sight loss friendly changes around their building – for example, re-whitening the edges of the front steps to give better contrast and changing the seating plan to widen the aisles.
  • Equipment: They bought a MegaVoice audio Bible for a church member with sight loss. They have also bought braille hymnbooks.
  • Advocacy: The church has appointed a Sight Loss Champion – a nominated person to connect with people with sight loss, to become familiar with their challenges and work with the leadership to engage with them.
  • Active friendship: Three people from the church have trained as volunteer befrienders for people with sight loss, reaching out into the local community.

 Market Harborough Baptist Church, Leicestershire

  • Accessibility: The church leader ensures that screens with text on is really clear.  Text is large and yellow on a plain blue background.
  • Inclusive welcome: Everyone who joins the church has their own welcomer who talks to them about their different needs so they are able to really enjoy church.
  • Involving everyone:  At this church blind and visually impaired people are encouraged to be active participants and share their God-given gifting. This includes in the worship team and leading house groups.

Shilton Baptist Church, Coventry

  • Awareness: This church invited Torch to speak during a service raising awareness of sight loss and helping the church to develop an understanding of how sight loss can affect church life.
  • Resources: Shilton Baptist church purchased a large print bible for use during church services.
  • Church members know to be aware that even though someone doesn’t ‘look blind’ they might have sight loss and when meeting someone with sight loss they are told about Torch.