Icebreakers holds meetings every Wednesday at 8pm (on your first night please try and get there at 7:50pm (no earlier please) at the LGBT Foundation’s Community Resource Centre at Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF.
Members drink tea and coffee and chat in an informal and safe setting. There are usually between three and five trained volunteers on duty per evening. Many of them came out through Icebreakers themselves.
On your first visit a volunteer will have a private one-to-one chat with you and tell you all about the group and what we can do to help you.
PLEASE NOTE – Due to the way the building is set up and because of the work-load of the volunteers on duty we cannot admit anyone after 8:30pm. Please respect other group users and arrive before 8:30pm. If you are late you can always join us in the Molly House at 9:30pm.
The volunteers are always on hand to create a relaxed atmosphere and answer any questions about gay life, what’s going on in Manchester, and the other services available through organisations like the LGBT Foundation. Magazines and books are available to borrow.
Occasionally, meetings will include presentations about topics such as coming out or safer sex. We also invite guest speakers from groups or organisations that are of interest, such as OutDoorLads, the Police, Village CAB, FFLAG, Northern Waves and Pride Sports.
In some ways, what you get out of Icebreakers is up to you. As well as being a mutual support group, it’s a self-help group. But there is always a chance that you might not enjoy your first night. You might find yourself feeling nervous, for instance, or sitting next to someone with whom you don’t share any common interest. If that happens, please persevere and give us another go.
Meetings end at around 9.30pm, when most members and volunteers go to one of the gay pubs in the Village – the area of the city dominated by gay bars and businesses. Currently we go to The Molly House a bit further down Richmond Street. Often, past members go to Molly House and meet up with us there. Any changes will appear on this website.
But Icebreakers isn’t just about Wednesday night meetings. It also arranges social events.
Number 5 Richmond Street is wheelchair accessible.
For more information about Icebreakers and to find out about coming to a meeting, contact the LGBT Foundation’s Help Desk service on 0345 3 30 30 30 (or 0161 235 8035). Operators are available to help between 10am & 10 pm Mon – Fri, 6 pm & 10pm weekends).
You can also e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org – this is normally checked twice a week.