A RAVE for learning disabled people is returning to Manchester this February.

Under One Roof, the first party in the region to welcome people with disabilities of varying levels from wheelchair users to people with Down's Syndrome and Autism, will take place at Texture in Manchester's Northern Quarter from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on February 15.

The brainchild of Alice Woods from the DJ and promoter collective Meat Free, and organised in association with learning disability advocacy group Manchester People First, Under One Roof was launched in 2017 to great success.

Alice Woods said: "We're really happy to be bringing Under One Roof into 2018 after launching late last year.

"When we started doing the parties we didn't know what to expect, and just wanted to try and create a welcoming dance floor for people who may not be able to come to our usual techno nights.

"The parties so far have had an amazing energy and we get brilliant feedback, so this year we're really hoping to reach as many people in and around Manchester as possible who might enjoy it."

On the night partygoers will be entertained by guest DJs plus Meat Free DJs playing a mix of house and disco, and carers and family members are welcome.

There will also be a bar serving soft and alcoholic drink.

Ms Woods said: “Under One Roof is a real night out, just tailored to its audience.

"It is incredibly social and and authentic to Meat Free, we play house and disco throughout, and just lay off the techno so it doesn’t get too intense for a mixed crowd.

“Some of our clubbers attend in groups, from organisations they are part of, but many also came with someone who cares for them at home, or family members, and it was heartwarming to hear them say they finally had the opportunity to take their sister, daughter, son or brother on a ‘night out’ for the first time.”

Meat Free, composing Alice Woods, Steffi Allat, Tasha Carter and Lucy Ironmonger, has been organising techno parties across Manchester for five years.

Texture was chosen as the venue for the rave as it is the only one in the city completely wheelchair accessible, and after like-minded owners jumped at the opportunity.

Ms Woods said: “We’ve felt extremely lucky that the city has sustained us for the past five years, supporting us and the all parties we’ve put on and we wanted to give something back.

“We contacted Manchester People First, and now we work with them closely to make sure we’re doing everything right.

"Under One Roof creates an environment for dance music fans whose disabilities preclude them from attending a mainstream event for any reason.

"It strives to maintain a ‘club’ environment but uses less intense lighting, and a lower volume of music so it is less intense.

"In addition, after consulting with MPF, the capacity of the venue is also lower then normal, to ensure the environment is comfortable.”

Under One Roof tickets cost £3 and are available from https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Texture/Under-One-Roof/13124138/

For more information on the rave visit http://thisismeatfree.com/under-one-roof/tickets