Saturday People’s Convention: Final Update on access details

February 11, 2011

This information from Friends Meeting House web site:

The Quaker Centre Café serves a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffee,
hot chocolate, soft drinks, fresh fruit, sandwiches, boxed salads and cold snacks of which many are organic. There is a selection of healthy
breakfast items until 10.30am and soup of the day served from 12.00pm daily. It is located on the ground floor with an entrance on Euston Road or step free access via our Garden Entrance and is opening to the public:

Access arrangements
We would like Friends House to be accessible and welcoming to all. The
building was constructed in 1926 and its Grade II listing means that there are certain access limitations, however we are committed to doing all we can to ensure your visit is as easy and enjoyable as possible.

There are three designated on-street parking bays for blue badge holders on Endsleigh Gardens.

For Euston Station
Secured car park underneath the station, accessible via the stairs at the rear of the concourse. Vehicle access is from Melton Street. Disabled spaces are available and additional assistance can be requested to and from the car park.

There are more disabled parking spaces a bit further away at the British Library. There are three parking bays on the west side of the building, in Ossulston Street.
The main entrance to the Friends House is located at the east end of the building.  There is a small garden area in front of the entrance.  You can access the entrance and the garden from Euston Road and also from Endsleigh Gardens, which runs parallel to Euston Road along the rear of the building.

The entrance to the building is at a higher level than the adjacent
streets and there is a ramp leading to the entrance from both Euston Road and Endsleigh Gardens.  These ramped routes are 3800mm wide and have a tarmac surface. There are no handrails.

Alternatively, there are steps with two central handrails from the garden up to the main entrance.

Other entrances: There is also an entrance with 6 steps on Euston Road leading directly to the Large Meeting House (this is only used on certain occasions when we have larger events), and a stepped entrance on Euston Road leading into the new Quaker Centre – this entrance has 8 steps and handrails along both sides, although the steps are quite steep.

Reception Desk
The Reception Desk is situated inside the main entrance on the east side of the building. It is open 7.30am to 9.30pm and is always staffed.  The reception area and desk are accessible to wheelchair users.

+44 (0)20 7663 1104

There are three lifts in the building.  The two lifts in the ground floor
foyer are too small to accommodate a large wheelchair. However, we have a smaller wheelchair available to transfer to, in order to access the Restaurant and Rooms 17 – 19 via the right hand lift in reception. Please ask at reception if you wish to use this facility. The third lift is
larger and provides wheelchair access to the 1st & 2nd levels as required.

NOTE Most of the events by DPAC are all on the ground floor. There is only the *  Screening of ‘Blacklisted’ and workshop hosted by the Blacklist Support Group which will not be accessible to wheelchair users.

There will be an BSL interpreter for the workshop with another trainee to support Deaf delegates.

Guide dogs
Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

There is clear signage throughout the building.

Sound enhancement system
Induction loops are fitted in Reception, Large Meeting House, Small
Meeting House,  Rooms 7,8 & 9, Drayton Room, Room 19, Room 1 and Room 2.
Please turn your hearing aid to the correct setting to use this service.

A portable infrared induction loop is available for all meeting rooms in
other parts of the building. For more information on this service, please ask our bookings team or at the Reception Desk.

Quaker Centre Café
The café offers a variety of high- and-low level seating and table
options. Quaker Centre staff will be more than happy to assist you in
bringing refreshments to your table.

There are toilets on the lower ground floor, ground floor, first floor and third floor of the building.  There are accessible WCs on the ground
floor, first floor and third floor

The restaurant is accessed via stairs or a lift from the ground floor
foyer (for wheelchair users we have a small version on site that fits the
right hand lift if required).  There are handrails along either side of
the steps.


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