Who we are

Who we are

Social Circle
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Social Circle is Manchester's social and activity network. We offer an effortless way for people in Manchester to make new friends and have fun and adventure on the way.

We were founded in 2009 by Steve Sutherland, who came upon the idea when he moved from Scotland to Manchester. Like many people who relocate, Steve struggled to build his new social network from the ground up. Making new friends in your twenties is effortless. In middle age Steve found it very daunting. He founded Social Circle to help grow his own network of friends, but to make it easier for others in the same boat.

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Over the years we've had hundreds of people from across Greater Manchester join us and find their 'social feet'. Some people join because they have recently separated and are looking for a fresh start, others just want more adventure in their life. More recently we've had lots of new members join because they have felt lonely and isolated during lockdown. They have felt intimated about going out again, and value the safety blanket we offer via our introductions and our health and safety policies.

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Whatever your reason, Social Circle can help. Our members love meeting new people and trying out new activities. That's why we have an events calendar that is packed with different types of events so we can suit all tastes. Want to take a hike around Lyme Park, or make some new yoga friends? You got it! Want to enjoy some al fresco live comedy over a drink or two, or take in the latest summer blockbuster? No problem!

All of our events are run by a professional host who can help make introductions and will make you feel at ease. Most of our members come by themselves, but leave the event with new friends and confidence. Most members are aged between their mid-thirties and late-fifties, and we have a diverse mix from across the city that have one thing in common: their eagerness to meet new people.