Weʼve raised £1,265 to help fund a wheelchair accessibility project for Monton Unitarian Church.
- Monton, Salford, Greater Manchester
- Funded on Tuesday, 31st December 2019
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Who we are
Monton Unitarian Church is an imposing building rich with heritage, that is home to a vibrant, growing liberal religious community. We are non-creedal, which means that everyone is welcome regardless of what name they give their faith - within our movement we have people who identify as Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Pagan, Atheist, among others, as well as a lot who are happy just continually exploring and discovering what gives them their greatest sense of purpose and meaning. The building itself is used both for regular worship, and for baptisms, weddings, funerals for all people across Salford members or not, and we are the only church in Salford to have a same-sex wedding licence. We are also wanting to improve what the building can offer to the community to include concerts, art displays, play readings, discussion groups etc. so that it can really become the heart of the community.
But we are have very poor wheelchair accessibility at the moment. Built in 1875, designed by Thomas Worthington, wheelchairs weren't part of the consideration back then. And yet we have increasing numbers of wheelchair users coming to our services and events. At the moment, we have a portable metal ramp that we lift in and out of position when required, but it does not cover all the steps, it is clumsy and heavy, and not entirely safe - one young concert attendee was virtually tipped out of his wheelchair as he attempted to navigate it, despite all our best efforts.
Once in, our wheelchair users have to stay in either the main aisle, or the side aisles, rather than being able to sit with their friends easily - and should they need the toilet, they have to leave the building altogether, back down that treacherous ramp, and go to our nearby hall for an accessible toilet.
We want to have a church that is welcoming and accessible to all, so that everyone can come to all of our events, regardless of whether they are coming on foot or on wheel!
We have designed, planned and been given permission from Salford Council to go ahead with a full accessibility project - a proper, permanent wheelchair ramp to the main door, a wheelchair accessible toilet inside, and levelling some areas at the front of the church inside, and creating 'wheelchair bays' within the pews to enable everyone to feel included and welcomed. But in a grade 2* listed building, that doesn't come cheap - the overall cost is looking to be around £100,000 - and we want to have it done before Christmas! We are applying to a number of grant making bodies, but we need your help too.
So please - anything that you can give to help us reach our target, and make this beautiful church truly open to all, physically as well as spiritually, will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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Dec 24, 2019
Merry Christmas Monton Unitarian Church from Ann and Michael
Dec 13, 2019
Very best wishes to Anna and Monton Church for this project to make the church accessible to all.
Glasgow Unitarian Church
Dec 11, 2019
Sending Best Wishes from Glasgow Unitarian Church.
Nov 20, 2019
Wishing you all the best with your project, here's to many more beautiful events, festivities and activities in your beautiful church championing inclusion and accessibility for all.
Nov 17, 2019
Good luck with your fund-raising. All good wishes from the Shrewsbury Unitarian Church congregation.
Nov 15, 2019
Horsham Unitarians wish you success with your fundraising
Nov 15, 2019
Its not much but i hope it helps. I will try and donate again at some point. All the best from a fellow unitarian.
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Monton, Salford, Greater Manchester
I'm Rev Anna Jarvis, the minister of Monton Unitarian Church. The Unitarian faith is one of welcome and all-inclusiveness, and we are known as "the friendly church" - but our church building isn't helping! I want this church to be properly open to all, a true community church.