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Spotlight On ... Icebreakers Manchester

Published: 15 May 2018 Tags: Spotlight, Icebreakers Manchester By John Walding

We speak Patrick from Icebreakers Manchester.

Tell us a little about your group?

Icebreakers is a mutual self-help group for gay, bi and questioning men and those who identify as such. We have been going since 1986 and have helped thousands of men who need support either during coming out, or when looking to make new friends in the community.

How often do you meet?

We meet every Wednesday evening from 8pm on the 3rd floor of the LGBT foundation building on 5 Richmond St. Our cutoff time for entry is 8.30pm. At the meetings people come and meet others like them also seeking new friendships and support. It’s a very relaxed informal atmosphere where guys come along and just grab a coffee and chat and get to make new friends. Our group is very diverse and we welcome all ages from 18- 80. We continue the meeting until 9.30pm when we leave the building and usually we move on to one of the bars for a drink (usually Molly House) for anyone who wishes to.

Is there anything else people need to know about Icebreakers?

As well as the weekly meetings we also organise monthly events, such as gay themed movie nights, pub crawls, gay history walk of Manchester, Pride walking entry, and other events. We also have regular guest speakers who come to promote other lgbt groups and services of interest to our service users.

If people want to get involved where can they go to get more information?

To find out more, please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter @icebreakers_MCR

Or you could just turn up on a Wednesday night at 8pm and ask to join. We look forward to seeing you!