St Nicolas’ Church in Kings Norton has been at the very heart of its community for over 900 years and this ancient building has been, and continues to be, a very visible and active symbol of Christian faith and worship.
Worship in a 900 year old building can be very inspiring but can also create many difficulties with regard to physical access for those with a range of disabilities, stone steps, uneven floors, pews and restricted viewing are just a few of the challenges that can occur. But this has in no way deterred the team at St Nicolas’ from finding creative ways to make those with disability challenges and their carers feel welcome, involved and valued.
The most recent initiative looked at how to designate space within the church that gave those with wheelchairs and powered buggies space to park that provided easy access, sufficient room and “sight-lines” to the celebration.
Working with Revd Steve Jones - Bishops Advisor on Disabilities and Dean Jefferies – Mats Nationwide, Sylvia Fox St. Nicolas’ Church Manager looked at ways to define the space required in a way that was flexible, low maintenance and very cost efficient.
That solution was two non-slip, bespoke printed floor mats that created almost 3 sq metres of very visible parking space that would easily accommodate up to three adult size wheelchairs or buggies. The mats come with a five-year guarantee which means that over the life of the mats the cost equates to 91p per week. For that investment the users are made to feel even more valued and involved in the worship of the church community.
If you are interested in finding out more about this initiative contact the Revd Stephen Jones, Bishop’s Advisor on Disabilities, t: Office: +44 (0) 1214601173 Mobile: +44 (0) 7866 748932 e: firstname.lastname@example.org