‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for bi community activist

A local bisexual community activist was one of twelve volunteers from across Greater Manchester honoured for impact on their communities at a reception with the Lord Mayor in Manchester Town Hall yesterday (26/10/05).

Jen Yockney was recognised for her work in running support organisations for people coming out as bisexual over the past decade, and inspiring others to play an active part in building a bi community. She received a specially cast medal from the Royal Mint.

The Home Office-backed Year of the Volunteer awards are a nationwide scheme with 401 award winners in each of five categories, making 2005 winners in total.

Jen said, “naturally I’m delighted but I didn’t set out doing this work for the gongs! It’s been great helping and meeting so many people over the years, often as they are coming out whether from previously identifying as gay or as heterosexual.”