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“We are have a modern building with ramps and fully accessible doors and facilities. We have a number of our congregation who are wheelchair users, deaf and sight impaired. We have a loop system for hearing impaired. We have a number of orders of services made up in large print for those who have difficulties with hymn books.

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We have a buddy system in place for a young boy who is on the autistic spectrum and an older gentleman who is sight impaired and has a learning disability. “We have our local high school Assisted Learning Department and their pupils help at our weekly coffee morning, supported by a teacher. We hold monthly Prospects Group on the last Saturday of each month, working with Prospects Scotland. “For many families and care workers, attending a service of worship in a church can be stressful and uncomfortable; the silent disapproval of a congregation when a person with learning disabilities makes impromptu noises and movements or asks questions when they don’t understand.

“Our Prospects group gives people with learning disabilities the time and space to feel comfortable in a church environment. “We start with a cuppa to relax into the environment, short acts of worship with songs that can be communicated by signing and short craft sessions, this is followed by fellowship and lunch. “We have people who travel from different parts of the area and we meet annually in May and October with other Prospects groups throughout Scotland.”

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