Pastoral & Social
Caring - Safeguarding
Open to all? Accessibility
We are not 100% there yet for accessibility, but we aim to be churches which are open to all, including those with mobility, hearing or visual impairments. This varies from church to church in our group.
New service sheets aim to use larger print as standard and follow advice from the visually-impaired themselves, as do Powerpoint slides at our Revive services, and some family services.
Masham church is wheelchair accessible and has flat access from the road, as does North Stainley church. At Masham, a wheelchair is available for visitors who do not have their own with them.
Assisted wheelchair access is possible at Healey, West Tanfield and Well churches. Please ask a steward or churchwarden for details on arrival, or phone ahead (see contact details for individual churches).
Hearing loops are installed in Masham, Healey, West Tanfield and North Stainley.
Only Masham church has a toilet, and this has flat access, albeit round a slightly awkward, immovable font and is a purpose-built disabled toilet.
Our team of Pastoral Visitors seek to ensure that elderly, sick and isolated members of our community know they are not forgotten.
If you think you might be able to join this team who make regular home visits and then periodically meet together to pray for those they visit please contact the vicar.
Likewise, if you know of anyone who would welcome home visits, please let the vicar know.
Pop-in Coffee Group
This group meets in Masham on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 11am and is designed to help people who have lost a spouse to gain confidence in going out socially once again.
Phone Lesley Hunter for details on 689828
Each of our parishes has adopted the Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding policy and has an appointed Safeguarding Officer.
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things, this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.
The Diocese of Leeds and all parishes within it adopt Church of England polices and practice guidance relating to safeguarding.