The Accessible Church Ministry exists to make sure United is a place which welcomes, enables and recognises the value of everyone in God’s Kingdom, regardless of their needs or differences. We define additional needs as anything which may require some support, adaptation or removal of barriers to enable a person to take part as fully as they are able.
At United we have three dedicated teams which aim to make the event accessible.
The Our Place inclusion teams supports children and young people (0-18) with additional needs to be included in the children and youth groups with their peers as much as they are able. There are also two smaller, more specialised venues for children and young people with additional needs – Our Place Kids and Our Place Youth. These venues are run by a dedicated Our Place support team and offer a limited number of places to support those who may be overwhelmed in the larger kids and youth venues.
The Access team support adults with additional needs to participate in United. They have team members based in each of the main worship venues – The Arena, Hungry, Impact and Presence to support and enable everyone to feel included and to have a safe space in which to sit if they wish. There is also a dedicated Access venue, for those adults with learning difficulties who may need an adapted programme.
The Breathe team supports parents and carers of individuals with additional needs and provides a safe and supportive environment for parents and carers to relax, share, receive and have fun with others who are experiencing a similar journey.
If you or someone in your booking for requires any additional support to access United then please make sure that the ‘additional needs’ box is ticked when booking the ticket- you will then be asked to complete a form which enables us to support individuals as best as we can.
For more of an idea about what New Wine looks like you can see a selection of 4 minute videos here. You can look specifically at a Summary of what goes on here.
To see a bit about what our venues look like you can follow the following links for a walk through our kids venue, or for youth a walk through our youth venue, or for parents a walk through our parents and carers venue which from 2018 became Breathe.