Access & Inclusivity Statement
The leaders & members of Strandtown Baptist Church, welcome and support the principle of removing barriers which may hinder disabled and elderly people to worship God in fellowship with other believers of our Community. We are committed to a programme of improvements to make Strandtown’s activities and facilities more accessible and inclusive to everyone regardless of their disability or disabling condition. We will ensure that all paid and volunteer staff, leaders of all ministries, Deacons and Elders will receive annual training on disability issues so that we can continually monitor and review accessibility at Strandtown.
Below are some key pieces of information for coming to Strandtown. We use Through the Roof for our accessibility audit and Torch Trust for guidance on endeavouring to make our buildings and services more accessible within our capabilities. This will be reviewed regularly. Details on both these organisations can be found at the bottom of this document
Location: We are based at 1 Clonallon Court, BT4 2AB. To view a map, click on the contact us button on our website home page and there is a google map which allows you to move about and find the best routes here.
Transport Routes: We are on bus routes 3F, G & H and Sydenham train station is roughly 10minutes drive from here.
Parking: We have 10 clearly marked spaces for anyone with a blue badge or mobility issues as you turn into church on both the left and right hand side. We have a ramp into the main church auditorium and also a ramp into the adjoining hall.
Toilets: We have wheelchair accessible toilets on the ground floor in both our main church building and the adjoining hall. There is braille signage on all ground floor toilets also.
Loop: We have a loop system in place, the best place to sit for this is in the two centre seating sections to be able to hear everything clearly.
Reading: We have some large print Bibles available to use during the service, if you need one a deacon would be more than happy to help.
The contact person for disability-related issues is Lynn Coles who would be pleased to receive comments and suggestions for improvements.
Contact Lynn: 07491 268706 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for accessibility is Bill and Linda Richmond, their contact email is email@example.com.
THROUGH THE ROOF (www.throughtheroof.org) Tel: 01372 749955
‘Through the Roof’ is a national, pan-disability, Christian ministry who, since 1997, have been seeking to ensure that the good news of the Christian message is accessible to everyone. They want to see a world where disabled people and others who have experience of disability are valued equally, fully included, and able to contribute their gifts and skills. As a registered charity, they equip churches and organisations to fulfil the Biblical message of inclusion. They produce a number of resources which you can find in their ‘Shop’ section
TORCH TRUST (www.torchtrust.org) Tel: 01858 438260
The Torch Trust’s aims can be summarised as enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives. Towards this end they provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide. Their services are offered to all who experience sight loss, of all faiths or none, and including those with sight loss who have other disabilities. They can also help churches provide for the needs of blind and partially sighted people, resourcing them in ways that allow everyone to be included and involved. See http://with.torchtrust.org/index.php/information-for-churches