Befrienders Update, February 2021

We hope you are safe and well in this latest lockdown, perhaps even able to glimpse aspects of hope. Many people have had their first vaccination, some their second! We are past the darkest months of the winter and there are signs of growth in gardens and parks around Manchester.

We await news regarding the lifting of lockdown restrictions and eagerly watch the news for clarity about the situation.

While we have waited patiently for the time when Befrienders can resume, an early decision has been made that we will not be able to resume until Monday, September 6th 2021 at the earliest. The reason for this is that we already know there will be extended staff absence in late spring/early summer and we don’t want to put pressure on our wonderful volunteers, especially as illness/shielding/self-isolation may still be a factor.

I know this will be a blow but hope that having a clear date to work toward will be helpful. In the meantime we’ll put monthly updates on this web page to keep everyone updated and encouraged.

God Bless, Deacon Pru

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Befrienders is a project of the Manchester Circuit and operates from the Centre in Oldham Street. The café is run by volunteers from around the circuit on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm.

We offer a place for people to meet and chat, free tea, coffee and biscuits, the opportunity for one-to-one conversations and prayer for those who would like it.

We are grateful for the churches around the Manchester Circuit and beyond who are generous with gifts of time and money to enable this project to flourish. 

For more information, contact Deacon Pru.


 While we have a great team, we are always keen to welcome more volunteers by …

·             Being a listening ear

·             Collecting and transporting food collections to the Centre

·             Prayer – holding our Monday and Wednesday sessions in prayer

         (this can be done from home!)

·             Praying in the chapel with those who ask for prayer

NB it isn’t essential to commit to every week; we’d just love to be able to use your gifts and any time you can offer.

If you would like Deacon Pru to talk to your congregation or fellowship group please call 0161 682 8805 or email



Befrienders, Methodist Central Buildings, Oldham Street M1 1JQ

0161 278 6795

Deacon Pru: