Our work and mission

The Oxford Diocesan Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODCD) is a registered charity (Charity No: 203428). Our aim is to promote the spiritual, social and general wellbeing of those who are deaf or hard of hearing in the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

We do this through:

  • Working to raise awareness amongst the hearing community of the needs of the deaf or hard of hearing to enable them to play as full a part as possible in the life of their church and community.
  • Organising worship and bible study groups with facilities to enable those who are deaf or hard of hearing to take a full and active part by providing BSL interpreters, lip speaking, screen projections and hearing loops.
  • Providing pastoral support to those who are deaf or hard of hearing through visits, organising social events and keeping in touch via regular mailings.
  • Providing grants to churches and individuals for providing interpreters, installing loop systems, BSL and deaf communication training or meeting the cost of transport.
  • Supporting social and worship activities for the young deaf.
  • Providing advice on ways churches can better serve those in their congregations who are deaf or hard or hearing.

The work of ODCD is overseen by Trustees who meet three times a year to support the work of our team of part-time Chaplains and Licenced Lay Ministers.

Mission Statement

  1. We believe in a world that benefits from those who are profoundly deaf, deafened and hard of hearing and the deaf blind; that recognises the individual needs that they have and the contributions that they make and one that enables them to achieve their full potential and participation in all aspects of everyday life.
  2. Our Vision is to enable those people within the area defined by the Diocese of Oxford as profoundly deaf, deafened or hard of hearing or deaf blind to achieve their full potential and participation in all aspects of everyday life as is open to those with full or almost full hearing.
  3. The Objects of the Oxford Diocesan Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people Charity are stated in the Constitution as being “To promote the spiritual, social and general wellbeing of people who are deaf and hard of hearing in the Diocese of Oxford and to support the work of the Diocesan Chaplain in ministry amongst the Deaf Churches and congregations in the Diocese of Oxford.” That we interpret as including the deaf blind and supporting the whole Chaplaincy Team.
  4. We aim to raise public awareness of the issues and challenges facing those who are profoundly deaf, deafened  and hard of hearing or deaf blind, including promoting the need for access to technologies and communication support that improve quality in every aspect of life.
  5. We aim to make sure that there is suitable access to and in appropriate forms to religious services, instruction and support in the Diocese.
  6. We aim to meet needs, change lives and enhance opportunities for those we serve. We value and honour the diversity of all humankind, the innate value of every person and the wealth of human ability and ingenuity.
  7. Collaboration, enablement, inclusivity, dignity and respect are the pillars of our mission, seeking avenues to enrich the wellbeing, life experiences and achievements of everyone who is deaf or hard of hearing or deaf blind, within our Diocese.
  8. We are open to working enthusiastically with other non-denominational or church-based agencies, organisations or groups that support the deaf, deafened and hard of hearing or deaf blind within the area covered by the Diocese of Oxford on a wider basis, where the opportunities for constructive co-operation are congruent with our values and objectives.