Children, Youth and Adults with Additional Needs and/or disabilities are very welcome at all our services and events. If you have any concerns about whether our church services or groups will meet your particular needs then please get in touch as we would love to work with you to enable you to join us.
We aim to welcome all children into our church congregation and children’s groups. We hope to work with families to help break down barriers which children may face.
As a starting point we can offer:
– Visual timetables (in advance and on the day)
– Choosing boards (with PECS symbols)
– Blackout tent / somewhere to chill out
– Sensory items / fidget items
– Sand timers for transition
– Visits to the church prior to events to gain familiarity / identify any potential trigger points
We can also discuss 1:1 support (needs dependant) for groups and any other adaptations which may be needed.
Alongside this we run a monthly group called HIVE, which is aimed specifically at children with additional needs and their families.
The Hive Additional Needs Group
This group is aimed at children (of any age) who have additional needs or disabilities and their siblings and parents/guardians
– a safe space to come together for friendship and support
We have sensory items, messy play, games, crafts and loads of fun! In the past we’ve had foam play, kinetic sand, playdough, pasta, biscuit decorating, pizza making, painting, foil craft and lots more! Plus there is always tea, coffee, juice and cake!
Last term we had our first HIVE trip out and booked exclusive use of a local soft play, it was great fun having it all to ourselves and we will certainly be looking forward to more trips out.
We use visual timetables and choosing boards to support children’s independence.
We also have a “borrow box” of special needs items which families might find helpful to borrow to use with their children, which you can take home and test out.
Similar structure every session and safe environment
Cost: £5 per family (funding available if unable to meet this cost) BOOKING ESSENTIAL – to book please click here.
To book for any of our HIVE sessions head over to the What’s On page of our website and click on the event to book.