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:

(UPDATED: 28/06/2018)

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.

As we’re in a listed building we cannot make any structural changes without first applying for permission. We’re working towards making the entire building wheelchair accessible, with a ramp, lift, and accessible toilets, including a Changing Places level loo.

We had an open meeting on May 26th in an off-site venue for people to come and view and comment on our current architectural plans. Sadly the venue we chose wasn’t as accessible as we thought it would be.

Future accessibility meetings will be held in a different venue, which we will be paying to hire. We’re looking into how we can improve access to our future accessibility meetings, including a taxi fund, hosting in a fully wheelchair accessible venue, and having the ability to video call into meetings.

Our plans are still available to view if you come in for a visit, but if our building is unaccessible for you please email us and let us know – we can either arrange to meet you in a more suitable space, we can come pay you a visit, or we can email you the plans. Our plans will be made publicly available online once we’ve met with our landlords.

We are planning to hire Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group for advice and consultancy work.

We have an Accessibility For Organisers page for anyone hosting an event with us. This includes what we require from organisers, an accessibility statement, and advice.

 

Below are the current accessibility arrangements:

Partisan is located across 2 floors of a 3-story building. The ground floor is occupied by the offices of other businesses. We have the basement and the first floor.

Physical access is currently limited for both floors; details and videos of doorways and staircases can be provided. There are currently no wheelchair ramps or lifts.

The basement has 11 steps from street level, without a handrail. The first floor has 22 steps from street level, with a handrail. There are 40 steps between the two floors.

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.  Seating is available on each floor at all events. For performances, a seated viewing area will be available.

None of the toilets are currently fully accessible. All of them involve steps. All toilets are gender-neutral and are located on both levels of the venue. On the first floor, these are single contained stalls. In the basement, there are stalls and urinals.

Assistance dogs are allowed at all times. Other well behaved dogs are usually welcome, with the exception of in performance rooms of loud music events. If you have a dog allergy/phobia let us know – we’ll do what we can.

For ticketed events, paying disabled people are eligible to a free additional ticket for a PA to accompany them.

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 events@partisancollective.net if you would like details of a specific event.

Partisan aims to be a safer space. As such, harmful and discriminatory behaviour is not tolerated. As a cooperative, Partisan is democratically owned by its members, and is shaped by everybody through what we say and what we do. If you are challenged or feel threatened, speak to someone wearing a Partisan badge; they are there to help.

Contact info@partisancollective.net if you would like any other details, 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.