Accessibility Working Group

ACCESIBILITY WORKING GROUP 

Establish an Accessibility Working Group to review the accessibility to and within the sanctuary and the environment within the church.

Talk about why this is an expression of what you believe? Why does this “fit” the time and place in which you work?

St Ninian’s sits directly on St John’s Road and access at the front is via a series of steps both externally and internally. The steps are seen as a barrier to access for those who are less able, or those using prams or pushchairs. Although there is flatter access at the back and ramp access at the side of the church via the rear car park, easier access to the front of the sanctuary would be welcomed by everyone. A more open access would invite people to look into the church giving a more welcoming appearance, hopefully encouraging the community to engage with St Ninian’s and attracting people to enter.

The Sanctuary currently has a rigid pew structure and the congregation sits in four areas: the gallery, east and west transepts, as well as the main aisle.  Is the sanctuary space the most inclusive and accessible for the future vision of St Ninian’s? Could the sanctuary be made more inclusive by using the space in a more flexible way?

The layout of and accessibility in and around the sanctuary and the church as a whole should be reviewed from the perspective of those who suffer from, for example, dementia, hearing loss, visual impairment, or learning disabilities amongst others.

How will you do this? How will you make a start?

A working group will be set up to undertake a feasibility study of possible ways to enhance access to the front to the church, and to review the internal environment for accessibility and inclusivity for all.  This group will want to work with the relevant committees of the church (e.g. fabric), and other relevant working groups e.g. the Technology and Communications Working Group.

Talk about the people, training, resources, space and help that will be required.

Once a group of congregational volunteers with relevant skills and interests has been identified, decisions will be made on possible consultants to the group e.g. Planning Aid Scotland, surveyors, landscape developers etc. The group may wish to visit other churches to review adaptations and discuss the processes involved or seek support from 121 (the Church of Scotland’s administration offices).

 




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