We want to make the Devoted site as accessible as we can for everyone. We also want to make the site a safe place for children & pedestrians so please be aware that:
1. Vehicle Access to the site for delegates with accessibility issues is as follows:
Blue badge holders will always be able to drive from the main gate to the disabled parking and do not require an additional pass. Those without a Blue Badge wanting to access the disabled parking will need to request a vehicle pass for their car prior to the event.
Any Blue Badge holder or other delegate that wants to be able to park their car by their camp site and/or use it to get to and from where they are camping to the various venues must also request a vehicle pass. Site passes can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
but delegates should consider point (2) before making a request.
2. Use of accessibility equipment on site
Most of the Devoted site is very accessible: it is reasonably flat, with tarmacked roads and the venues are centrally located on the site. Delegates who are disabled are welcome to bring mobility scooters or similar equipment to help them get round the site. Charging points can be provided where necessary.
While we recognise this may not always be possible in all cases, our preference is for delegates who need help accessing the site to be responsible for bringing their own mobility equipment, especially if the alternative would be needing to use their car around the site during the event. This as we said earlier is due to our desire to make the site a car free, pedestrian friendly, environment for the safety of everyone but especially our young children! With this in mind please follow directions of stewards and keep your speed very low while driving on site.
Here are a few ways we can help while you are on site:
Accessible toilets and showers will be available on site.
If you have an electric scooter, and it needs recharging, please contact the accessibilty team or the information point as we have specific locations which you can use.
Wheelchairs & Scooters in meetings
Wheelchair & scooter users will be free to sit where they wish to in the various venues across site, but please be aware that we do need clear access in aisles in case of fire or other emergencies, if you are unsure one of our friendly stewards will be able to advise you. Please don't be offended if we ask you to move a little to help with safe seating.
A hearing loop will be in use in the main hall in the sections directly in front of the main stage.
We appreciate that it might be difficult for some people to wait in the entrance lobby to go into the main meetings. If you need help, please talk to the accessibility team or one of the stewards. We will allow early access for people where appropriate.
If the LifeZone you want to go to is upstairs, there is a lift from one floor to the other – please ask a steward for help.
When you have a disability knowing you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.
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Should you have any specific needs which you feel we should know about or you would like to discuss with us please do get in touch with the event team and we will endeavour to help you.
It would help our accessibility team if you made contact regarding any specific needs before 23:59hrs on the 30th June to enable us to consider and plan for any request you make. The earlier we hear about particular needs the more able we will be to help you plan for the event in advance!
We want to make Devoted as accessible as possible for as many people as we can. We now have a team on site that is dedicated to helping people with accessibility issues. We also have a room dedicated to those people with additional needs and accessibility issues. Location details will be included in the site handbook.
The room will be open from 9.30am to 9.30pm each day and will have tea and coffee available. There will be a live audio & video feed from the main venue so that you don’t miss our main meetings. Our accessibility team will be on hand to help parents with children with additional needs throughout the day if you need a safe space to play or respite from the joys of camping.
The team will be available to support throughout the weekend and if you have any worries we will help, if we can, with the resources available. There will also be a quiet space where children with additional needs can be cared for.
If you have been in touch with us about your accessibility requirements prior to the event someone from our team will be in contact with you prior to the event, to further discuss your needs and to introduce themselves.
Please note, children and vulnerable adults cannot be left unattended in this area or with team members.
The Bible is full of people whose disabilities were no barrier to them playing a vital part in the history of God's people.
We have a wonderful team of people who volunteer to help those with accessibility issues (and their carers) during Devoted. They are based at our Accessibility Suite (see the onsite handbook for more details). They help to provide a safe space for children to play or have respite from the joys of camping!
If you would be interested in joining or assisting this team both before or during the event click here.
If you have additional needs, or you are a parent or carer of someone who is attending the event, please don't feel under any obligation to volunteer to help, especially if this would be too much! Although we would love your input and support if you do have capacity!
Pain is pain. Broken is broken. FEAR is the biggest disability of all and will PARALYSE you more than being in a wheel chair.