FAQs Churches, Access and the DDA
Where can I find out my church’s obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act?
We encourage people to ask how they can reflect God’s heart for everyone and make their church inclusive of disabled people, rather than what they need to do in law. However, you can find a summary of the Act’s requirements in our Articles section. A number of useful publications to help you can be found in our online shop.
How do I get an access audit of my church?
For a full access audit you need to contact the National Register of Access Consultants through their website at www.nrac.org.uk
If you don't need an official 'access audit' but would like to informally assess your church, you could purchase the Removing Barriers pack which includes a self-assessment questionnaire for you to use to identify areas for improvement. This can be purchased via our secure online shop.
Is there any grant-funding available to make access improvements at our church?
Through the Roof cannot itself provide funding for improvements. However, please email us for a leaflet on some grant-making sources we have identified.
Does Through the Roof run training courses related to disability?
Yes, we have a number of courses in modular form that can be tailored to meet your needs. Please see our training and speaking section for more details.
Is my church obliged to have an accessible toilet?
The answer is not a straight yes or no.
All of us need access to a lavatory and we should provide for the needs of wheelchair users (and parents with small children in push chairs). The DDA would apply, however obligations of smaller churches are less than of churches with large congregations. Please see our Articles section for more info on the DDA.