We want Manchester WI to be accessible to all women and aim to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment. Please note at the present time all our meetings are taking place online, please see the events page for detailsPlease read below for access information about our venue, ‘Defiant’ event space at The Federation. If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact us at
The entrance to The Federation is on the corner of Balloon Street and Federation Street. Balloon Street runs between Shude Hill and Victoria Station, and slopes downwards from Shude Hill.
The entrance has a small step for which a portable ramp can be used. When registering for the meeting, please let us know if you require the ramp.
‘Defiant’, the meeting space, is on the first floor. It can be accessed via a lift from the lobby.
Please let us know if you would be unable to use the stairs in the event of a fire. There is an evac-chair for which a committee member is trained to use.
Blue Badge Parking/
Blue Badge Holders and those with access requirements can be dropped off on Federation Street, close to the entrance. There is disabled parking at the other end of the road.
Further information on Blue Badge Parking in the city can be found her: https://secure.manchester.gov.uk/info/500345/parking_restrictions/328/parking_restrictions/7
There are toilets within Defiant, and an accessible toilet is in the café space outside Defiant, on the same floor. The café will be closed and the space can be navigated using a wheelchair.
The meeting will take place within the Defiant event space. We normally have a speaker and/or an activity and there are usually around 60 people per meeting. A café area is just outside the room. It has comfy chairs and usually won’t be in use during our meetings, so can be a quiet space when needed.
Please talk to a committee member before you leave so we can check you are OK. Committee members will be wearing rosettes.
Defiant has a hearing loop, which is always on.
Assistance Dogs are welcome
We have tea, coffee, squash, and light refreshments such as homemade cake and biscuits available for a suggested donation at our meetings. We provide soya milk each meeting and will display information about ingredients relevant to allergies.
We welcome guests and members who need to bring medicines, food or soft drinks to manage a medical condition, or medical equipment.