Accessibility Statement

Last modified 4th March 2022

Accessibility statement for Bats In Churches

This accessibility statement applies to and is available to view on all pages of the site.

This website is run by the Bats In Churches Partnership and designed by BoldLight We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • easily read the text which is designed with high contrast, clear fonts and colours
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • the text can reflow in a single column when you change the size of the browser window
  • our online forms can be completed using just a keyboard
  • you can skip to the main content when using a screen reader


We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text as part of the functionality of the site
  • you cannot currently change the colour scheme of the website
  • some older PDF documents may not be fully accessible to screen reader software
  • live video streams and recorded events do not have captions
  • we have a number of links to external and partner websites which may have their own accessibility statement
  • our mapping is provided by Google maps and subject to their usage and accessibility

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format, or have feedback on a particular issue please contact or call 07718 588 356

Our staff are home based so do not have a landline phone number, or an office. We can usually provide advice by email, phone, video call, in print and may be able to meet in person where possible.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact or call 07718 588 356

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

Our project staff are primarily home workers based across England. We can be contacted by email or phone. In some cases we may be may be able to arrange an in person meeting at your church/site depending on location, or at one of our partner organisation offices.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Bats In Churches Project is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.

Non-accessible content

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We are currently updating our images to have a text alternative, and this should be complete by spring 2022

We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.

Disproportionate burden

Accessing information

We may not be able to provide documents in alternative formats (eg braille)

We may not be able to provide captions or transcription for videos or audio

A number of our services, such as volunteer registration are provided by external sites

We’ve assessed the cost of fixing these issues. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations.

The short life of this website (the project is due to end in October 2023) means that the time taken to fix these issues would also be disproportionate. We will assure that any legacy documents remain accessible

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The Bats in Churches project runs until October 2023. After this date the site will be archived and our guidance will be available via partner sites, which will endeavour to keep any guidance accessible.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 4th March 2022. It was last reviewed on 4th March 2022

This website was last tested on 4th November 2020. The test was carried out by DEFRA data information assurance team. The team tested all major sections of the site and a sample of church project pages.