It's important to note that the majority of our staff are enthusiastic and friendly volunteers. We have a diverse community of individuals and are keen to recruit as many people as possible. If you are interested in joining our family of volunteers, please contact us for a simple application pack.

In order to ensure the smooth running of the shop, café and all outreach projects, in addition to our volunteers we have two permanent staff members.



Janet Bower

Manager and Outreach Coordinator

Janet has been Manager from Day One; she was appointed in 2015 to open the centre. As a former operating theatre sister, she's well organised and meticulous about food hygiene.

Janet was born and raised in a Christian household and her strong faith has remained with her throughout life. She is no stranger to community outreach, having run a number of projects for her previous churches' communities.


Tracey Mellor

Supervisor and Outreach Worker

Tracey joined us in January 2018 to support Janet and further promote the Bridge Centre's mission. Her many years of catering experience and her level-headed approach is vital to the day-to-day running of the shop and café.

Tracey's Christian faith enhances her daily interactions and is obvious to all who meet her.

Meet Our Minister


Reverend Helen Johnson is minister of Smithy Bridge Methodist Church, along with three other churches in the Rochdale and Littleborough Methodist circuit.

She never misses an opportunity to drop into the Bridge Centre and she is always willing to talk.

If you find yourself in a position where you need to talk to a minister, Helen can be contacted through the Bridge Centre.