We want to enable people with additional needs to participate as much as possible within their local church and at each New Wine event. We want individuals and families to feel welcome and have the opportunity to grow in the gifts that God has given them.
Additional needs are wide ranging and can include any difficulty – physical, cognitive or mental health – that impacts an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities. They may need minor adaptations such as reserved seating or high levels of support such as 1:1 help to be able to access church. With oversight from Jess Thompson, our head of accessible church ministry, we support and share resources between those leading accessible ministry, or wanting to grow in the way they welcome those with additional needs in their local church.
We host networking meetings and run an annual national training day (see Events). We can also offer local or regional training days to provide more specific support (email firstname.lastname@example.org for details).
At United, the Our Place team support children and young people with additional needs and their families and the Access team support adults with additional needs (see Additional Needs). We also offer interpretation for deaf people and resources for the visually impaired.
Audio recordings from our recent events, including our vision and practical ideas on making church accessible for those with additional needs, are available from our Talk Library.