St Peter's House, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GH

Chaplaincy to The Manchester Universities. The RNCM & The University Of Law.

The Well

In books of old, ‘the well’ is often at the heart of things. It was literally and symbolically the centre of the community, representing everything that the people needed to endure and thrive. The people gathered, they got what they needed, they went out refreshed.

‘The Well’ is our holistic and practical response to covid-19. We’re using all our resources to serve our community on and around campus in these tough times. 

  • Do you need support from The Well? 

    We can provide emergency help with food, and offer holistic wellbeing support too. Help is available, don’t wait for a crisis – if you know that you are struggling with food and finances, refer yourself today.

    Who do we accept referrals from? 

    We accept referrals of students and staff from any of the Manchester Universities, or any Hulme resident (M15). You can refer yourself, or refer someone else if you know someone in need of support. 

    What does The Well offer?

    We provide a weekly Well Pack with 7 meal-kits for every night of the week, or ready-made, cooked and frozen meals for those who aren’t able to cook for themselves. There will also be enough groceries to help with lunches, breakfasts and some snacks and treats too. You’ll find recipes and links to step-by-step cookery classes too, along with a diverse programme of nurturing and sustaining good stuff to help you through these tough times.

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Our Food

  • What's in a Well Pack?
  • The Well Recipes
  • Cookery Classes
  • Our Partners

What's in a Well Pack?

We provide three different Well Packs, allowing us to respond to the unique needs to each person who refers to The Well:

Well Pack A offers seven dinner-kits a week, with fresh and dry ingredients, recipe cards and online cookery step-by-step classes for each meal – everything made easy so that eating well becomes a simple pleasure.

Well Pack B provides seven pre-cooked, chilled and ready-to-heat meals for those within our community who aren’t able to cook for whatever reason. Prepared and cooked in Milk & Honey, then packaged-up and delivered with love.

Well Pack C is aimed more towards TLC for the soul. If food needs are not at the top of the agenda, we’ll provide inner-glow bakes, cakes and sweet treats, link you in with our nurturing Wholeness programme, and we’re always up for a socially-distanced chat for a bit of human contact too!

Collection Process

In most cases, The Well Packs can be collected from our base of operations at Milk & Honey Café, part of St Peter’s House Chaplaincy. When you make your referral, we’ll ask you about when is best for you to collect your pack. The collection process is safe, contactless and socially distanced.

In some extreme cases, we are able to make deliveries to Well Users from the local area. These will be handled on a case by case basis. We ask that for most Well Users, a collection of your pack will be the normal method of receiving the support.


There are numerous buses up and down Oxford Road and a cycle rack outside the building, so please either walk, cycle or use public transport.

By foot

From St. Peter’s square in the City Centre, walk straight down Oxford Road passing the All Saints Campus of MMU and the RNCM.  Cross all the roads and then when you cross Booth Street East walk for a further 50 metres and St. Peter’s House is located 50 metres along on the left.  It’s set back from the road and has stairs to the front door.

Mushroom Bolognese                           (Video)

Tuscan Bean Stew*                                  (Video)

Neeps and Tatties Soup*                     (Video)

Versatile Vegetable Soup                    (Video)

Italian Kale & Chickpea Pasta          (Video)

Match up the recipe numbers to the cookery-classes and follow along as our team cooks each meal with you. Each dish is quick but tasty, using a few simple and affordable ingredients to create a heart-and-soul-warming dinner for one.

You can find our cooking class videos here.

Cooking Videos

Our cookery classes with The Well team are available whether you receive a Well Pack or just fancy following a super-simple, tasty and affordable meal. Cooked in Milk & Honey café, join the team as we cook a variety of plant-based and wallet-friendly easy and delicious


On the wall in Milk & Honey, we have a mural, drawn by a friend of ours when we opened two-and-a-half years ago. “We believe in the abundant good in our fine city of Manchester”, it begins…. Lockdown has shown us just how fragile much of life is – including our food supply. At Milk & Honey we work with local suppliers, and also with growers to use up surplus harvests to minimise food waste.

The Well Project has been able to take things further, drawing on the desire of so many to work together to tackle the problems caused by COVID-19. We’re working with smaller partners organisations who share our vision – some are donating freshly baked loaves each week, whilst others who work across the country to redistribute surplus food from the food industry. From Foodbanks to farmers, urban growers to local family wholesalers… we’re grateful for all the support. You’re helping us make The Well happen.


“Good things come together at Milk & Honey café.”


Get in touch for more information or to work with us:

The Well Programme

  • Wholeness Studio
  • Podcasts

Wholeness Studio Sessions

The Well is a holistic response, and a rich and diverse Wholeness Programme is offered

The Wholeness Programme at St Peter’s House has developed over the past few years, and is now based is our beautiful, onsite Wholeness Studio. We work with friends and trusted colleagues to deliver a programme that is unique and nurturing, focussed on restoring and honouring wholeness in the full human experience.


Whilst our Studio is closed, we have decided to make our programme available at no cost to all visitors to St Peters House – digital as they may be! We invite you to explore our programme of Studio Sessions, podcasts, classes, blogs and meditations, and hope that you will find your time with us gentle, inspiring and restorative.

Wholeness Studio Sessions

A range of accessible videos – free for all to use and enjoy – designed to challenge, invigorate and restore.

For The Well and community members area please see link below.

Suitable for all. Enjoy, my friend.

Pretty much beginner, may as well have a go if you’re fit and well

A bit of a step on, but you may surprise yourself. Sit out anything you’re not sure

Do this if you know your way around a yoga mat.

You know you’ve got this.


Switch off from your screen and listen along to our short wonderings…