Accessibility

 
At St. Matthew’s we are committed to making our services and facilities accessible to all members of the community. In 2006 the upstairs was extended to raise standards of accessibility and safety and we are continuing to develop the old buildings to further improve accessibility. 
The following page gives detailed information about accessibility issues at St. Matthew’s. If there is an area which you feel we have not addressed, or have suggestion for further developments, we will be happy to discuss these with you.
 
Anyone is more than welcome to attend any of our scheduled events, but we will be better able to accommodate your specific needs (i.e. arrange for parking spaces to be reserved, printing large print orders of service, etc) if you contact us in advance and discuss what we can do to help.
 
For more information or to discuss visiting St. Matthew’s, please phone Lynda Abbey on 318507.
 
Wheelchair Users
 
St. Matthew’s Church is easily accessible for wheelchair users. There is free parking in Sherford Road, outside the front of the church, and from here the church, lounge and toilets can be accessed. The car park at the rear of the church gives wheelchair access to the Lower Hall, although from here, the toilets on the upper floor are only accessible via a staircase.
 
Wheelchair users are more than welcome to turn up at any of our events, but we will be better able to accommodate your specific needs (i.e. arrange for parking spaces to be reserved) if you contact us in advance and discuss what we can do to help.
 
Hearing Aid Users
 
The main church at St. Matthew’s is fitting with a hearing aid induction loop which is used to relay all spoken elements of all services.
 
Visually Impaired Visitors
 
During the 10:30 and 7pm services, all elements of the service which involve congregational participation are displayed on a high contrast (yellow on black) video projection screen at the front of the church.
 
During the 8am and 5pm services, songs and spoken elements are read from the Hymn Books and the Book of Common Prayer. These contain small print and can be hard to read, so a large print version of the Book of Common Prayer text is available from the sidespeople. If you would like the hymns to be copied into large print, please let us know in advance and we will be happy to arrange this. 
 
At Lower Level the projector screen is used to display all song words.
 
Visitors with Learning Disabilities
 
If you have a child with a learning disability who would like to attend any of the activities for young people at St. Matthew’s, we are committed to working with you to ensure that they are fully included. If you would like to discuss your child’s particular requirements, please contact Lynda Abbey, who will be happy to talk to you, and also to discuss with you and the relevant group leader how to make you child’s experience as good as possible.
 
If you are an adult with a learning disability, you are welcome to join in any of our activities. If you would like to talk about how you can be included, please contact Lynda Abbey.