Accessibility

Partisan aims to be inclusive and accessible to our community. This is an ideal that we’re still a long way from achieving – but it’s a core part of the project to be open about current access issues and the plans that we’re working on to remedy them. We want to be clear and accurate, because we believe this is the best way to provide opportunities for our diverse community to be involved in shaping Partisan.

Partisan are in the early stages of transforming the Grade II listed former synagogue that’s home to our collective. However, due to the heritage restrictions and fundraising needs, this is a gradual process and in the meantime we are lacking basic facilities such as wheelchair access.

Our progress:

We are working with MCC Planning Department and the architect Albane Duvillier, to develop our plans for the space. There will be an eight-week waiting period for the council decision following submission of the plans in early 2018. After this, there may be the need for amendments before we are able to progress with our plans for funding and delivering the work. We’ll keep this page updated.

Below are the current accessibility arrangements:

    • Partisan is over two floors of a large building, occupied by offices on the ground floor. We have the basement and the first floor. Both of our floors have a large open central area with high ceilings. Each floor is equipped with suitable furniture, but the spaces are adaptable and can be easily split or sectioned off using the available sofas, tables and chairs, or making use of the pillars in the building as sectional structures.
    • Physical access is currently very limited for both floors; details and videos of doorways and staircases can be provided. There are currently no wheelchair ramps or lifts.
    • Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the venue.
    • None of the toilets are currently fully accessible. All of them involve steps. All are gender-neutral. The toilets on the first floor are single-occupancy rooms, the toilets in the basement are stalls.
    • Some of our access depends on the event. Alcohol is sometimes present across both floors – particularly for gigs and music nights, but not for things like meetings and workshops. Contact eventsatpartisan@gmail.com if you would like details of a specific event.
    • Sometimes both floors are open, and are likely to be busy for larger events. At these events we offer a quiet room, just in case things get a bit overwhelming. Come and talk to anybody with a Partisan badge if you are feeling at all uncomfortable and we will do our best to help you feel more at ease, or to discuss any problems you might have.
    • Prices at the bar will be lower than other clubs and for in-house organised events, door fees are on a sliding scale based on income.

Contact eventsatpartisan@gmail.com if you would like details of a specific event, to comment on our plans or to deliver a related event or workshop. Join us as a member to support the Access and Accountability working group.