Latest audit from Chris Cammiss: Central Methodist Church Accessibility Audit – A Steep Challenge!

Here we have the latest access audit from Chris Cammiss who was his usual intrepid self, fearless and once again overcame lots of barriers.

Read about his experiences here:

Access Audits and Overcoming Obstacles in a Historic Building

Today’s access audit took me to the Central Methodist Church in Brighouse. Their persistence in requesting an audit finally paid off, and I’m glad they did! While the church itself is beautiful and steeped in history, its accessibility presented a significant challenge.

Uneven Ground and Creative Solutions

Built on a mound, the church’s location offered a scenic view but created a complex of slopes and steps throughout the building. Over time, structures were added, leading to a maze-like layout with uneven access. While a platform lift was installed to navigate different floors, its placement and nearby obstructions made it difficult for some wheelchair users.

The Human Touch Makes All the Difference

Despite the physical challenges, the warmth and hospitality of the church staff truly shone through. Laura provided a delicious cup of tea and biscuits, while Michael’s engaging conversation (including his surprising musical background!) made the visit truly enjoyable. Their willingness to help, even with manoeuvring my wheelchair, exemplified the true spirit of community.

Access Audits: Making a Difference

This visit highlights the importance of access audits. While the church has found creative solutions to address accessibility issues, there’s still room for improvement. A professional access audit can identify these areas and recommend solutions to create a more inclusive environment for everyone.

Looking Forward

The Central Methodist Church exemplifies the dedication of many historical buildings striving to be accessible. By working together, we can ensure these treasured spaces are welcoming to all.

Who should read this?

  • Facilities managers of historical buildings
  • Accessibility advocates
  • Anyone interested in inclusive design

But, as always, it’s the people who make the visit work. With a great cup of strong builders tea from Laura, followed by an unexpected plate of well-chosen biscuits, and great conversation from Michael – I was in seventh heaven. Who would have guessed he originally played electric guitar, now bass guitar in a band? And who would know he had a very extensive knowledge of bass players going back into the seventies? Could have stayed talking until lights out. Brilliant visit!
All topped off by three of them helping me back into my car, followed by skilful deconstruction of my chair. Proper job!


Here’s a link to the Central Methodist Church Brighouse Website:- Click Here

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