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Greenwich Parent Voice

Embracing Diversity event update

The highly-anticipated family service and celebration lunch held on Saturday in Thamesmead in Woolwich Poly was a huge success; a really joyful coming together of parents and carers, children, church leaders and support organisations. It was our great privilege to host these wonderful families and hear their voices.  Thanks to the Diocese of Southwark's Hugh Ridsdill-Smith and Greenwich Church Leaders for making this pioneering event possible.

As one of our parents put it " Disability IS an ability - and it is precious." It was lovely to see so much love and pride in our children in evidence.

We hope this is the start of an 'Embracing Diversity' movement within faith communities. Parents and their disabled children should always feel welcome and valued in their places of worship. Church leaders must be challenged to make adjustments, be sensitive to the needs of children of all abilities and lead by example in communicating the theology that supports a message of love and acceptance.

Official photos coming soon! In the meantime see our Twitter account and Facebook for snapshot impressions of the day. Photo below by Jo Tontoh. L to R: Jo Tontoh, Viv Davies, Anne Christopher, Jo Delap. 

To follow the progress of our Embracing Diversity project, keep an eye on this website.