Buildings disable people. And so do attitudes that say that people are such low priority that buildings don’t need to change to accommodate everyone. 
People are not disabled by their impairments or difference. People would live barrier-free lives, if buildings fitted everybody’s needs properly. 
We believe all of this, and are working hard to try and reflect it practically too. Our reality as a small charity is we have an old building, the will but always the way. We are trying but we want to do better. Here’s where we’re up to so far:

If you are facing the front of St. Peter’s House you’ll see a flight of stairs.  They’re 50 years old and for lots of people they are totally inaccessible.  We are working to improve this (in the short term we will fit a handrail) but we do have an accessible entrance that can be used instead.

If you are facing the building it is located to the left.

Please follow the signs around to the left and under the archway.  

You’ll see a door on your right, and to the left on the wall is a panel with an intercom.  Press the large silver button  on the intercom and this will connect you to the phone in either Milk & Honey cafe or on the front desk.

The person there will then open the door for you.  Make sure that you give the door enough space to fully open (it swings outwards).

Once inside you will see a lift to your left and from here you can get to the various floors of the building.

We know that this isn’t a good solution and we do apologise that the building isn’t more accessible.  

Other accessibility information:

Accessible Toilet

There is an accessible toilet, located on the Ground Floor. You will need a fob to access this, which can be collected from the Reception desk on the First Floor. If you would like access to the toilet upon arrival at St Peter’s House, do ask for the accessible toilet fob on arrival using the intercom. Someone can bring that to you. 

If you find any issues with the accessible toilet, please let any member of St Peter’s House staff know as soon as possible. 


The first floor lighting is all fitted with 3000 kelvin 40 w LED lights to make it suitable for people with light sensitivity and neurological conditions that are affected by light levels. Lights can also be ‘zoned’ and managed via different options – we are happy to discuss these with you.

Mental Health Support

A number of our team are trained to offer ‘first aid’ to those in mental health crisis. We also offer ongoing pastoral support as part of our work as the Chaplaincy to the Universities in Manchester. We have quiet spaces where people can take ’time out’, and recognise the impact of Mental Health on people’s ability to play an active part in society. 

Invisible Disability

We are all too aware as a team of Invisible Disability. If you choose to wear a Sunflower Lanyard we’ll be aware of this, please have a conversation with us if you would like that. If you choose not to wear a Sunflower Lanyard, but we can offer any accessibility support – just let us know. o.

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