St Thomas Centre is a renovated Grade 2 listed Georgian church - the third oldest church in Manchester. It is located on what is affectionately dubbed ‘voluntary sector row’ in the Ardwick area of Manchester, due to the number of voluntary sector organisations based on the same street.
The church has been fully refurbished and has all the facilities you would expect from a high quality conference and meeting venue without losing the charm and beauty of its heritage.
The building is home to Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO) who manage the ground floor conference centre as a subsidiary enterprise of the parent charity. GMCVO has over 40 years’ experience of working with the voluntary sector in the local area, and has established the Centre as a hub for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations.
St Thomas Centre is set within an attractive and peaceful area facing Ardwick Green Park, at the same time being within easy reach of Manchester city centre and Piccadilly station and major road networks. For visitors opting to come by car, we have access to a nearby car park offering competitively priced all-day parking (find out more in our Visitor Information Guide).
We offer a range of meeting rooms and layouts, packed with character, to suit a wide variety and size of events.
Our main hall is the central hub of the building, and can host up to 140 people (theatre style). It blends stunning original features of the old church with the modern technology required by today’s conference organisers.
Five separate breakout/meeting rooms all benefit from natural light flooding in from the original church windows, creating spaces that you can inspire and reflect in.
Lunch and refreshment breaks can be taken in your meeting room, or in one of our two dedicated catering rooms.
All profits from St Thomas Centre go back into the parent charity (GMCVO) to assist with other projects that support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in providing much needed services to residents and communities in the Greater Manchester city region