Number 8 volunteers attended a ceremony on Friday 4 November to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award was presented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, The Hon Lady Morrison and was accepted by long-time volunteer Eileen Perry on behalf of all Number 8 volunteers.
The ground floor of Number 8 including our Foyer and Coffee Bar area; Courtyard Room; and Auditorium are all fully wheelchair accessible. Spaces in the first row of seating in the auditorium (Row A) can be booked for wheelchair users and disabled patrons. To avoid disappointment, particularly for popular events such as PODS shows, we recommend that wheelchair seats are booked in advance, this will help us to allocate adjoining seating for any companions, if required. We will make every effort to accommodate customers who have not made a prior booking. If you wish to take your seat unassisted, wheelchairs or scooters may be stored in the foyer.
Please contact Box if you require further details or if you will require additional assistance during your visit.
Our main toilets in the lobby area and the toilet in our Courtyard Room are adapted for wheelchair use.
We welcome guide dogs at Number 8 Community Arts Centre and can accommodate them in the auditorium. Please book in advance so that we can allocate the most appropriate seating.
Assisted Hearing Facilities
The Auditorium is equipped with an infra-red hearing system for films and digital/satellite live presentations. Headsets are available from front of house staff.
We also have the facility to screen films with subtitles for those with hearing loss subject to availabilty of films with subtitles and audience demand. Please contact our Programme Manager if you would be interested in these, or if you would like to organise a subtitled screening for a group.
For films were it is available we offer audio description AD))). Cinema audio description is a fantastic service for people with sight problems. The normal film soundtrack comes through the cinemas surround sound speakers in the usual way, and a recorded narrator explains what’s happening on screen – in gaps in the dialogue – through personal headphones. It’s similar to listening to a cricket or football match on the radio – having the action described to you – but with added surround sound, which places you in the middle of the action.
About 50% of cinema releases are now available with audio description ‘files’ and we have headsets available free of charge for people to use for films where audio description is available.
Autism Friendly Screenings
Within the film programme we have a selction of screenings which are designated as Autism Friendly. These screenings are suitable for people who experience Autism or have a disability that effects their sensory experience. At these screenings low level lighting will be kept on, noise levels will be reduced, there will be no trailers or adverts and customers are free to move around the cinema.
Parents, Guardians and Carers
All ground floor public areas are accessible for those using pushchairs and prams. Baby changing facilities are available. For some screenings we are able to provide storage for buggies and prams during performances.
The CEA Card is a national card scheme administered by the Cinema Exhibitors Association that entitles the holder to a free ticket to a film screening for a person accompanying them to the cinema to provide assistance required as a result of the cardholder’s disability. For further details or to apply for a CEA Card click here
Number 8 welcomes young audiences to appropriate screenings and events. Film screenings are classified by the British Board of Film Classification as 18, 15 12A, U or PG and access is restricted in line with these classifications. For further details click here
We always recommend that children are accompanied by an adult at all screenings and events. However, we will admit children age twelve and over unaccompanied.
For live performances and digital events via satellite latecomers will will not be permitted until a convenient break in the performance. For certain shows there may not be a convenient break in the performance so no latecomers will be admitted.