Accessibility

First Presbyterian Church

41 Rosemary St, Belfast BT1 1QB

07848 857614

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Getting there

The First Presbyterian Church Hall is accessible for pedestrians and cyclists via Rosemary Street.

The footpath on Rosemary Street is flat and quite well-surfaced for its entire length.

From Belfast City Hall, the Church hall is approximately a 5 minute walk.

Cycles can be parked along the railings.

There is a Belfast Bikes station nearby at North Street / Waring Street.

For bus and rail users, travel to Belfast is available from several parts of Northern Ireland.

The closest train station is Great Victoria Street, which is a 10 minute walk away.

The Centre is accessible via the 12A, 12B and 300A Metro bus services within Belfast, and is a short 4 minute walk from the nearest stop on Royal Avenue.

All buses operating on the Translink Metro network are wheelchair accessible, low-floor vehicles.

Private car and motorcycle users can park in the Church car park.

Venue accessibility information

We try to make our events as accessible as possible for as many people to attend as possible. Please see below for specific information regarding certaini accessibility factors for this venue. If you have questions, please get in touch.

General information

Gender-neutral bathrooms are provided. These are single-stall. One is wheelchair accessible.

Our accessible toilet is not to Changing Places standards. You can find a map of Changing Places toilets in Belfast online.

Carers are welcome at all of our events.

Assistance animals are welcome, and drinking water is available.

Our building is generally well heated. If you have arrived just as the building is opened, it may take 10-15 minutes to heat up.

Information for physically disabled people

The front door is not power assisted and is heavy. This can be of particular difficulty for wheelchair users, and those with limited upper body strength. Assistance is available if required at the front doors. Please ring the doorbell for assistance.

The front door is at the top of a mild ramp, and the doorbell is at a height suitable for wheelchair users.

An accessible bathroom is located at the back of the premises.

The Church hall floor is flat and is suitable for most wheelchairs & other mobility aids. The Church Hall has a lift and all areas are accessible to wheelchair users. All doors are standard office doors, wide enough for wheelchair users.

Comfortable sofas and chairs are available in the library.

Information for D/deaf, hard-of-hearing, and sound-sensitive people

We have a portable Induction Loop hearing system compatible with any hearing aid users with a T (telecoil) setting.

We have headphones that can be used with a radio microphone system, to amplify sounds for hearing impaired people who do not wear hearing aids.

Assistance animals are welcome, and drinking water is available.

We regretfully do not have the resources for sign language interpreters at our events.

Closed Captioning (subtitles) will be used on all video presentations used.

We have an LCD writing tablet available, which are a useful form of alternative communication.

We have a small number of ear defenders for people who need hearing protection in social situations due to sound sensitivity.

Information for blind, partially-sighted people, and photosensitive people

Assistance animals are welcome, and drinking water is available.

Large print versions of resources can be made available.

Audio CD, DAISY CD, MP3 audio, Braille and tactile diagram versions of resources are generally not available, but can be made available upon request.

The library has adjustable blinds to reduce sunlight and streetlight glare.

Information for Autistic, anxious and Neurodiverse people

Assistance animals are welcome, and drinking water is available.

We welcome anxious or nervous people to come along to all of our events early if they want to talk to an individual contact person before coming along. Please get in touch if you would like to meet someone one-to-one in advance, or turn up early by up to 30 minutes for an easier entry to events.

We have a collection of sensory / stim toys for people to use and play with. These are regularly cleaned for hygiene reasons.

We have a LCD writing tablets available, which are a useful form of alternative communication.

Information for people with severe allergies or who are immunocompromised

We welcome the use of safety / particulate masks for those that wish/need to use them.

First Aid information

In a health emergency, you should call 999 from the office phone or from a mobile phone. The address is 41 Rosemary Street, Belfast, BT1 1QB.

Food & dietary information

Food & drinks are generally available at the venue.

The venue provides free tea, coffee, fresh water, soft drinks and snacks.

Vegan and gluten-, soy-, nut- and dairy-free snacks are generally available and can be bought elsewhere and brought along.

We use both standard cow’s milk and soya milk for tea & coffee.

We will require our staff, volunteers and visitors to not open or eat food containing allergens (nuts, etc) if they will affect your health. Please let a volunteer know and we’ll ensure this is put in place for you.

You are welcome to bring your own hot or cold food and drink.

Tobacco and unlawful drugs are not permitted to be used at the venue. You are welcome to bring your own prescription medication. A smoking area is available outside at the rear of the building.

“Accessibility & Getting Here” by Belfast Trans Resource Centre is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA v.4.0 and has been partly modified.