Last week we were pleased to announce the shortlist for the four awards taking place at our Birthday Bash sponsored by Metronet UK on Friday 5th February.

The Inspirational Community Group Award is in recognition of a community group or project that has created a greater sense of purpose within their community. Consistently moving forward and strengthening the bonds they have made.

The award is sponsored by CDL (Cheshire Datasystems Ltd.), a long-standing supporter of Forever Manchester, with a fund set up supporting community groups in Stockport and with staff also taking part in a variety of fundraising activities.

Peter Larkham, HR Director at CDL, said: “CDL is delighted to sponsor the Inspirational Community Group of the Year Award at Forever Manchester’s Annual Birthday Bash. We sponsored this category last year and were impressed with the fabulous work of the community groups that were shortlisted. Sponsorship of the Inspirational Community Group category fits with our Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and complements our fund with Forever Manchester to support grassroots community groups.”

The shortlisted groups are:

Wythenshawe Community Farm

Wythenshawe Community Farm has been firmly established within the community for almost 30 years. It was set up by a teacher from South Manchester High School and a small committee of like-minded people to provide an alternative learning experience for students. The project soon outgrew the High School setting and moved to the old site of Sharston High School. In 1999, the farm moved to its current site in Wythenshawe Park when a bigger, more secure and purpose-built grounds were available.

The farm has become a local attraction and for many years has included numerous people, and touched many lives, our history and seeing the positivity and the enrichment of those people involved is a natural inspiration to carry on. As animal lovers, the group is passionate about looking after all its farm animals and seeing its volunteers come together to benefit the community. They describe it as a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside the volunteers and watch them grow in confidence.

The Farm is open all year round with free entry to the general public, and offers placements for students and volunteers with various learning abilities. Their volunteers are very enthusiastic, reliable and enjoy the experience and new skills they gain while working with the animals. The farm has a shop and runs regular courses for people of all ages to learn about a farm and its animals.

Miners Community Arts and Music Centre

The Miners Community Arts and Music Centre was a social club on a working class estate in North Manchester until it was left and neglected. It was established in 2011 and it is a family run community project.

Over the last 3 years they have totally refurbished three quarters of this building which was an eyesore. Their aim is to provide a local multi functional building that will bring the local Community together for all aspects of socialising activities and a safe haven for the youth of today. There is space for local bands to rehearse and local artists to exhibit their work, there is also a community cafe.

This community centre provides many kinds of projects and now want to start some cooking classes and some grow your own classes, amongst other ideas. Their intention is to continually engage with the wider community by offering a range of activities so they can socialise and become involved in wider community projects.

Reform Radio CIC

Reform Radio CIC, based in Chorlton, is a shared, digital arts platform, born and bred by young, creative Manchester working predominantly with 18-30 year olds who are not in employment, education or training. Reform Radio works across Greater Manchester, specialising in using creative means to deliver workshops, leading to employability, connectivity and the development of digital skills to tackle isolation alongside other barriers to employment. Through creative collaboration, Reform respects each individual’s skills and qualities and responds purposefully to generate a wide range of meaningful and diverse opportunities.

Part of their programme of activities includes delivery of a series of drop-in sessions for young adults at risk of long-term unemployment. These sessions will be a creative means to engage with hard to reach young adults and a chance to build on transferable and work-life skills.

The group provides a real focus for young people and provides them with a range of skills that helps them to gain education, employment and training in an environment that helps them to focus and achieve their goals in a manner that is meaningful and engaging.


BaggyTrousersUK is a charity that aims to inform, educate and potentially help save lives by offering information of what to look out for, self-diagnosis techniques to detect the earliest signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, so that men can get treatment sooner rather than later. They provide support to those who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, during and after treatment.

Based in Tameside, they work closely with local schools, gym centres and football/rugby clubs to raise awareness of testicular cancer making sure the correct checks and information is provided.

BaggyTrousersUK was formed in 2014 after Jack Broadley overcame his battle with testicular cancer. Jack decided to take on this challenge to embark on a journey that would inspire him to commit his future to helping people suffering from the illness that he’d once had. He felt an inherent urge to make a difference in the lives of people suffering from testicular cancer and that, with the charity being run by a survivor, he could get the message across to all young adults by the telling of his experience.

To see the full shortlist announced last week click here.

If you’d like to attend our Birthday Bash and support our award winners as well as celebrate everything great about Greater Manchester you can do so by purchasing tickets using the form below or requestion and invoice from Cheryl Hill at

Individual tickets are priced at £85 and tables of 10 are priced at £850. Please note when booking online, there is a small Eventbrite fee.