Accessible Church 1 Day Conference

Accessible Church 1 Day Conference

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Holy Trinity Church, Cnr Upper King Street and Regent Road, Leicester, LE1 6WY


This event is now closed for online bookings. Tickets will be available on the door. 


Additional needs are wide ranging and include anything that prevents someone from participating in an activity, such as physical disability, mental health needs, illness or undiagnosed needs. We want to make sure our church communities are places which recognise and welcome the value of what everyone brings to God’s kingdom; helping every individual to contribute.
This one day conference will empower church leaders, volunteers and communities to make church more accessible and inclusive for individuals with additional needs. The day will include both teaching and practical application as well as ideas for how to make your local church accessible for all children, youth and adults. Please note there will be BSL interpretation on the day.


Naomi Graham

Naomi oversees New Wine's Accessible Church Ministry. She goes to KXC church in London and is also a Children’s Occupational Therapist.

Will Van Der Hart

Will is Pastoral Chaplain at Holy Trinity Brompton and a director of Mind and Soul.

Dr Louise Anderson

Louise is a paediatrician at the Royal Surrey in Guildford and leads the New Wine Healthcare Network.

Philip Evans

Philip is Lead Chaplain for St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton and Nottinghamshire, which provides secure hospital accommodation for adults.

Heather Graham

Heather is curate at St Andrew's, High Wycombe and heads up the Breathe venue at week 2 of New Wine's United event.

Lindsay Melluish

Lindsay helps lead St Paul's Ealing, a vibrant and lively church. Part of her work is also as a systemic & family therapist.

Revd Haydon Spenceley

Haydon is married to Jo. He is Team Rector of the Emmanuel Group of Churches in Northampton.

Rev Katie Tupling

Katie is Vicar of 2 churches in Sheffield, Bishops Advisor on Disability and Inclusion, and a founding member of 'Disability and Jesus'.

Rachel Leak

Rachel used to lead Our Place Week 1 at New Wine's National Gatherings event


  • Tickets are £15 each
  • No tickets will be issued in advance for this event but if you have booked and paid, your name will be on the door when you arrive.



Saturday 10 March
Doors open 09:30-10:00
Welcome 10:00-10:30
Session 1 - Accessible church in the face of anxiety and depression | Will Van Der Hart 10:30-11:15
Coffee break 11:15-11:30
Seminars - Healthcare stream (Louise Anderson), Disability & leadership (Hayden Spenceley), Sensory processing & practical steps (Naomi Graham), What the healing ministry means for people with mental illness, autism & learning disabilities (Philip Evans) 11:30-12:30
Lunch (not provided) 12:30-13:15
Question panel 13:15-13:45
Seminars - Good care with boundaries for those with mental illness (Heather Graham), Using healthcare skills in a local church context (Lindsay Melluish), Doing Church differently (Rachel Leak), Disability theology and Accessibility (Rev Katie Tupling) 13:45-14:45
Coffee break 14:45-15:00
Worship 15:00-15:15
Session 2 - Accessible church extending our welcome | Naomi Graham 15:15-16:00