We are pleased to announce the 2018 Annual General Meeting of Autistic UK. This year the event will actually be a RELAUNCH! Autistic UK is transforming from an unincorporated voluntary organisation into a Community Interest Company. This means we will be able to expand greatly on what we can do to further equal rights for autistic people and educate society about us. The possibilities really are limitless!
Obviously, the event will be an update of what we have done over the last year, plus lots of information about the conversion to a CIC and lots of opportunities to ask questions. There will also be opportunities to sign up to become a member of Autistic UK during the event. This is a great chance to join Autistic UK as we start an exciting new chapter in our organisation.!
We will have a few stalls available for information/vending, so if you know anyone who would like one, tell them to get in touch.
We will be meeting at St. Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The building is fully accessible and we will have the main hall as well as two quiet rooms at our disposal. Detailed information about the venue is available below.
The venue is St Thomas Centre, a Grade 2 converted church. Although it is close to Manchester City Centre, it is in a green and peaceful area. The unofficial name for the street is “voluntary sector row”, as many voluntary organisations have their headquarters there.
Wi-Fi is free and smoking is not allowed in the building.
The website of the venue is here http://www.stthomascentre.org.uk.
You can take a “virtual tour” of the venue via google street view by clicking on this link http://www.stthomascentre.org.uk/our-rooms and selecting the “Tour” tab. The AGM will be held in the Main Hall, which is directly down the corridor from the reception.
St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ
0161 277 1010
There is on-street parking around the St Thomas Centre, but this can get really busy. Therefore, the venue has secured dedicated car parking space approximately 5 minutes’ walk away for visitors to the St Thomas Centre. The parking charge is £2.50 (all day). When arriving at the Power League Car Park, you will need to pop into their reception for two tickets; one to be displayed in your car, the other to hand in with your payment of £2.50 on arrival at the St Thomas Centre.
The Power League Car Park is on 20 Union Street (Postcode is M12 4JD) To get from there to the venue, go down Brydon Avenue (the street opposite the entrance to the car park), then turn left down Cotter Street when you reach the end of the avenue, and right when you reach the end of Cotter Street.
Directions by Car
Leave the M60 at exit 12 and join M602 at Salford. At the end of the motorway follow A57 Manchester (Eccles New Road becoming Regent Road). Drive for 3 miles then fork right under railway and join A57(M) Mancunian Way. Continue along Mancunian Way following signs for A6 Sheffield/Stockport/Ardwick, turn right at traffic lights, pass under fly-over, and travel approx. 200 metres, turn left at Ardwick Green North, turn first right, keeping the park on your right. The St Thomas Centre is approx. 100 metres on your left. Please see the map below.
Directions by foot
On Foot – (0.5 miles / 12 minutes) take the Fairfield St exit from Piccadilly Station. Walk straight ahead and cross Fairfield St by the pedestrian crossing (ignoring the crossing to the right). Follow London Road under the railway bridge. Continue past the McDonald Manchester hotel following the sign for the A6 to Stockport. Cross under the flyover (Mancunian Way) and London Road becomes Downing Street. Continue past Storage King and the School of Sound Recording until you arrive at Ardwick Green North. Turn left past the army base and follow the road around to the right behind the park. The St Thomas Centre is the church building on the left set back from the street next to Cotter Street. Please see the map below.
Directions by bus
Take the Fairfield St exit from the station (signed “local buses”). As you leave the station by the taxi stand the bus stop is immediately on your right on the same side of the road. You can take any of the bus nos. 192, 196, 201, 203, 204, or 205 and ask for Ardwick Green. The journey takes less than 5 minutes and is operated by Stagecoach Manchester.
Directions by Rail
The closest railway station is Manchester Piccadilly, which has direct train services to most parts of the U.K.
If you arrive in Manchester Victoria, Piccadilly Station can be reached by tram.
Train timetables can be found on www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Directions by Coach
National Express stops in Shudehill Interchange Coach Station, there are frequent Tram Services from there to Manchester Piccadilly Station.
The closest Airport is Manchester Airport which has a direct rail link to Manchester Piccadilly which takes around 20 minutes. From Liverpool John Lennon Airport, you can take the 86a bus to Liverpool South Parkway, which has many trains to Manchester Piccadilly. Total journey time is 60-90 minutes.
There are many accommodation options in Manchester City Centre, ranging from a bed in a hostel dorm to five star hotels. The cheapest accommodation for single rooms is easyhotel in Newton Street (£44 per night) and Ibis budget on Pollard Street (£49 per night). Cheaper accommodation may be found further away from the city centre.
Accommodation books up very quickly in Central Manchester though so if you need to stay anywhere overnight, please make your bookings ASAP.