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Transforming lives Through Jesus With Disabled People

DCF - A brief history

DCF - A brief history

Disabled Christians Fellowship was formed in 1959, when Frances Poole, a woman of vision, started the first group in Bristol following her involvement with friends who had a disability. In the following years others have caught the vision and the work has grown from the one group to around forty groups in Great Britain, with a lively holiday programme, a popular tape ministry & regular prayer support.


The original vision to be a conduit through which those with a disability might get to know the love of Jesus Christ continues to this day. Through group fellowship, accessible holidays and the tape ministry we offer both practical and spiritual help to all who need to know there can be a future and a hope. In 1994, the vision of Bristol supporters for a local Day Centre came to fruition. The Day Centre still thrives, now being a separate trust known as DCF Premier Workshop.


The main office of DCF is now based in Epsom, Surrey, but the contact with Bristol is still maintained through members of local groups. Today DCF is part of Through the Roof, a Christian disability organisation working to change attitudes in churches and wider society towards disabled people and disability. DCF has been changing the lives of disabled Christians through the support and fellowship it provides for people with a disability for almost fifty years. People continue to come to faith and trust in Christ through the ministry and by knowing the love and care of other Christians.


Disabled Christians Fellowship has four main programmes, local groups, accessible holidays in UK and overseas, a thriving monthly tape ministry and the DCF Hubs. The aim of each of these is to introduce those with a disability to the love of Jesus, and for those who are already believers to strengthen their faith and aid them to grow in their walk with God.