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Access for people with disabilities

In 2005 the Diocesan Advisory Committee surveyed the physical accessibility of churches in the diocese. This information was then updated by means of a questionnaire sent to Churchwardens and PCC Secretaries several years later.  This answered both the question ‘Can I get in through the door?’ covering information about car parking, pathway surfaces and other aspects of the approach and entrance to a church building; and also the question, ‘Will I be able to join in?’ covering information about provision of hearing loops, large print books, level access to the communion rail and other aspects of participation in church events and services.
The latest information we have available can be found here 
Can I get in and Join in (excel)
To check for any updates, contact the church concerned using the box on the right of this page.

 

Access & Inclusion Audit

PCC’s are required by law to make reasonable provision for people with disabilities and special needs. To assist parishes with this task an Access & Inclusion Audit has been produced. 

 

Checklist for organising accessible church events

This checklist can help you to ensure that your church events are accessible to as many people as possible.

Checklist for organising accessible events

 

 

Services for those living with Dementia

For those churches wanting to think about and make better provision for those living with dementia and their carers, the Parish Training Team are willing to run bespoke training sessions for parishes or groups.  Please contact Reverend Linnet Smith linnet.smith@peterborough-diocese.org.uk for more information.

 

 

Services for those with learning difficulties

There is no longer a specific Songs of Praise service for those with Learning Difficulties at St Francis’ Church Duston in the Deanery of Greater Northampton, but there is a small community of those with Learning Difficulties who are part of the regular morning congregation there.   See the parish website for more details, www.dustonanduptonparish.webs.com.

 

 

Services for the blind and partially sighted

Torch Trust groups meet in Corby, Daventry, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden.

www.torchtrust.org

 

 

Through the Roof

Through the Roof, with the mission of “Transforming lives through disabled people” is a national, pan-disability, Christian ministry and charity.  They have been going since 1997 and their current vision is 'of a world where all people live interdependently, mutually giving and receiving, as God intended'. Their 2 strategic aims are to firstly provide life-changing opportunities for disabled people and secondly to equip churches and the Christian community to do the same.  Through the Roof is an affiliate of the US ministry, Joni and Friends.  For more information see www.throughtheroof.org.

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