Access Improvements at St. Ives Free Church<\p>The sustainability of St. Ives Free Church as a financially viable amenity has been given a major boost following a significant refurbishment to the existing lift facility. Alterations are expected to ease accessibility issues for a further 20 years, as well as securing eleven part-time jobs and volunteer roles.
The current lift was installed during modifications to the Church building in the 1980’s aimed at increasing public use and is a critical feature when you consider that almost half of the activities hosted at the venue are completed on the first-floor, by more that 30 separate community groups.
The funds secured from local business The Mick George Group have been utilised to replace the main lift control, wiring, leaking shaft valves, pipework and hydraulic power unit.
Slly Runham, Elder and Trustee of St. Ives Free Church commented: ‘’The upgrades make the Church a vital and vibrant town centre facility, both accessible and welcoming to all, not just the able bodied. Groups using the building include the elderly, disabled and parents with newborns that require pushchair access. All of which will certainly benefit from the changes. We’re very grateful to the Mick George Group for their contribution.’’