Icebreakers holds meetings every Wednesday at 8pm (on your first night please try and get there 10 minutes early) at the LGF's 3rd floor meeting rooms at Number 5 Richmond Street, which is at the Minshull St end of Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. Members drink tea and coffee and chat in an informal and safe setting. There are usually six trained volunteers on duty. Many of them came out through Icebreakers themselves. On your first visit a volunteer will have a one-to-one chat with you and tell you all about the group and what we can do to help you
. Entrance to The LGF Community Resource Centre at Number 5 Richmond St.
PLEASE NOTE - Due to the way the building is set up we can not guarantee admittance after 8:30pm. Please respect other group users and arrive before this time. If you are late you can always join us in Taurus 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 Lesbian and Gay Foundation. Magazines and books are available to borrow..
Occasionally, meetings will include presentations about topics such as coming out, safer sex or dating. 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 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. The group always starts at Taurus on Canal Street - just around the corner from where we meet. Often, past members go to Taurus and meet up with us there.
But Icebreakers isn’t just about Wednesday night meetings. It also arranges other events.
Both Number 5 Richmond Street and Taurus Bar are wheelchair accessible.
For more information about Icebreakers and to find out about coming to a meeting, contact the Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Help Desk service on 0845 3 30 30 30. Operators are available to help between 10am & 10 pm Mon - Fri, 6 pm & 10pm weekends).(mobile users can use 0161 235 8035).
You can also e-mail the group at firstname.lastname@example.org - this is normally checked twice a week.