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Bid to make Church more inclusive of deaf

A special event at Manchester Cathedral between 2pm and 4pm is also celebrating the gifts of deaf people and it's coinciding with Deaf Awareness Week.

The national campaign, which is being organised by the Action on Hearing Loss charity, is focusing this year on tackling assumptions made about people experiencing hearing loss or deafness.

One young deaf mum said: "My first experience of being alone in church was when I was seven or eight and I felt quite panicky. I have had a lifetime of attending churches, feeling totally alone and isolated, and unable to follow the service."

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Chaplain among Deaf People in the Diocese of Manchester, Revd Cathy Nightingale, said: "In my role as chaplain among the Deaf community I want to support Deaf people wherever I can.

"This event is about finding out how we can include Deaf people better in our churches and offer places of welcome and belonging."

Running until tomorrow, Deaf Awareness Week is also promoting the positive aspects of deafness and highlighting organisations that support the initiative.

The 'God of Signs' event at Manchester Cathedral is free and open to everyone, and there is no need to register in advance.

There is also the opportunity to learn some British Sign Language.

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