Homo Heroes 2013: Community Group of Organisation of the Year

Publish Date: 07/08/2013

The The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s annual Homo Heroes Awards, now in its third year, gives people the chance to recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, in the past year. These are the finalists for Community Group or Organisation of the Year Award....

Friends of Sackville Gardens 

friends of sackville gardens

The Friends of Sackville Gardens have been involved in creating things such as the world’s first permanent Transgender Memorial Garden and have hosted family days and other events this year. The group have been actively planting, with poppies, wild flowers and plans for raised herb beds and a heritage wildflower garden. Working closely with the council and GMP they hope to be able to make Sackville Gardens a place that the whole community can be proud of.

The groups next focus is to re-engage people with the Beacon of Hope and with the Tree of Life and remind people why they were put in our community space in the heart of Manchester’s Gay Village and to encourage more community participation, improving the look and feel of the gardens and the health of the people involved in the space.

Manchester Canalsiders 

Manchester Canalsiders

The Manchester Canalsiders Amateur Rugby League Club, was formed in early 2013. Their simple aim is to provide an opportunity for LGB&T people to take up the great sport of Rugby League. They aim to have a men’s and women’s full contact team as well as a mixed touch/tag Rugby League team. The group is keen to attract people of all skill levels, from experienced players wishing to return to the sport, to complete beginners keen to take up a fantastic sport as well as a great way to keep fit.

The Canalsiders hope that in getting as many people engaged with the sport, this will create ties with other Rugby League clubs through the UK, whether they are LGB&T or Heterosexual clubs, so that there will be more positive role models for younger and older LGB&T people.



OutdoorLads aim to increase the physical and mental health and well-being of our community and reduce isolation amongst gay and bi men. They challenge gay male stereotypes and encourage their members to get out more and try new activities that take them out of their comfort zone.

Outdoorlads run about 1000 outdoor events a year across the UK, from hiking, climbing and camping to caving, mountain biking and white water rafting as well as expeditions overseas. All their events are led by our volunteer Event Leaders who they support with training to increase their skills and knowledge. From their latest member survey in 2012, 89% of our members believe OutdoorLads has had a very positive impact on their lives.

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