Top tips to make your church more accessible

'Easy wins' for all

Our Easy Access Audit is a simple document that anyone can use to help assess many areas of churches' physical, medical and social facilities. With thanks to Alice Kemp from the Bristol Diocese.

Enabling Actions

  • Regularly during the notices invite feedback from anyone with comments or suggestions of what doesnt work well for you if you have some kind of impairment.
  • Speak to people we know who may already have suggestions for challenges they have.
  • Agree as a PCC that all those leading worship invite people to remain seated if they are more comfortable every time they invite the congregation to stand.
  • Make multiple copies of the services in large print.
  • Test hearing loop before each service.
  • Plan Sides people/ Welcomer training to inc. to explore guidlines and resources. They are literally a Godsend in this ministry!
  • Sides people to help people up/down steps as part of welcome.
  • Sides people to remind each row that it is fine to remain in their pew to have Communion brought to them.
  • Encourage each person who has limited mobility to sit somewhere that they can remain seated and still see, esp. during Eucharistic prayer.
  • Improve signage to be Dementia Friendly - clear and without words.
  • Re-print service sheets to include pictures which make it easier to follow when words muddle.
  • Make a church Memory Box (& Fiddle Pinny) available to offer to anyone who may find it hard to sit through a service, or who is feeling disorientated through Dementia or memory loss.
  • Offer people a time out space for those who cannot sit during a whole service.

A Questionnaire for PCC's and the ministry to consider

  1. Are there already disabled people or people on in your church who have an impairment of hearing/ sight/ movement/ learning/ memory? (Almost certainly, yes!)
  2. Have you asked them what their struggles and suggestions are? They are your best resource!
  3. What works well here? For Example:
    • Aisle width good?
    • Ramp (but needs improving)
    • Availability of Sides people
    • Roving Microphones
    • Screen and books for services
  4. Large Print available (and offered?)
  5. Got any other ideas already?For Example
    • Loop test
    • Ramp improvements
  6. Ask people who we know who struggle for their suggestions
  7. Explore Handrails
  8. Explore/ review each ministry with Roof-Breaker lens
  9. Think about how we cater in an inclusive way
  10. Review 'childrens' space for accessibility
  11. Offer light-clips to those with visual impairment
  12. Review the role of Sides People throughout the service
  13. Are there people who used to come who now can't?
  14. Whats a good place to start?
  15. When and how will be review our progress and keep the community informed?

Set a date to help you!

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