Compass Community Church

London, Ontario

Project Description

London’s Compass Community Church (CCC) offers free weekly worship services, youth and adult programming, sports and recreational activities, a clothing cupboard, a food program, craft nights, and Bible studies. Currently, the only way for people with mobility devices and strollers to access the lower level of the building is through the maintenance/garbage room's utility ramp.

Compass Church will use its Barrier Buster grant to redesign the entrance hallway, add an accessible ramp with power-operated doors, and create an accessible layout for the lower-level rooms. This project will provide opportunities for all community members to access worship services and social programs, and the CCC anticipates adding more new programs because of increased accessibility.

Project Team Q&A

  1. Why did you decide to break down barriers in your community?

    Compass Community Church's mission is to provide a safe, accessible space that meets the spiritual, physical, social, and emotional needs of those who live and work in our community. We want to have more programs and activities available to all and to strengthen inclusivity in the community.

  2. How is this project going to make a difference in your community?

    There is a critical lack of accessible youth and adult programming space in our community. This results in people with disabilities experiencing isolation and frustration because they aren’t able to fully participate. By making this space accessible, we’ll be able to offer people with disabilities a safe, fun, and nurturing environment in which to learn and grow.

  3. What’s the best thing about being a Barrier Buster?

    We realized that providing an accessible lower-level entry to our building was a simple, but financially unattainable dream. With the support of the Rick Hansen Access4all Barrier Buster grant this dream is becoming a reality. The newly constructed ramp and entrance will positively affect the lives and improve the opportunities for many people with disabilities in our community.

Awareness Event

Saturday

September 16, 2017

Breaking Down Accessibility Barriers

Location: 345 Pond Mills Rd, London

Time: 1-4 pm

Description: On September 15, Compass Community Church will host the first-ever Compass Cup with an accessible 3-on-3 ball hockey tournament, Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, carnival games, an open house and a BBQ. Meet Rick Hansen Ambassador, Anthony Frisina, and hear him speak about the importance of accessibility and inclusion.

For more information, please contact:
Joy Buyze at compassbarrierbuster@gmail.com