Methodist project opens up church to all with new disabled access facilities

Haxby and Wigginton Methodist church has just opened its doors to reveal its new look after months behind screens and scaffolding.

The church’s revamp means that it now boasts disabled access throughout; with a £5000 grant from Allchurches Trust helping to fund the project.

Haxby and Wigginton church is situated five miles north of York City centre in the green belt. The area is home to a large number of older people, with many living alone, in bungalows, sheltered housing and care homes. The church is a point of social refuge for many of these people. But without suitable access, not everyone was able to attend.

This has now all changed with the church’s redevelopment project now in its final stages. Their vision to make the building accessible to all members of the community involved redesigning the inside of the building and improving access points.

Narrow corridors which hampered the flow of people have been turned into wide open spaces. Heavy doors and steps, which previously inhibited access to people with mobility issues, have been replaced by automatic doors and ramps.

An alternative side entrance was created to receive larger numbers and act as a welcoming hub opening up to the church rooms. Internal renovations also included providing two new rooms with facilities to make drinks and a disabled toilet.

The church is also considering its carbon footprint and has installed solar panels, as well as re-glazing its windows.

The church recently received more good news with a surprise significant legacy. This has enabled the church to hire a ‘families co-ordinator’ for five years, while they also hope to hire an administrator for the premises.

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