ONE VOICE TO LAUNCH DIGITAL PLATFORM
Over the last 18 months One Voice Blackburn has been looking to develop a virtual platform for our members to interact. It is our vision for the future. Our offices are closed, but we are still working. We are adapting. Read more
NEW MINI GROUP TO GET TRIAL
Mini WEGs will commence at the end of March 2020 to give girls aged between 7 and 10 to experience new challenges and activities. Read more
‘TAKE ALL THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER’
1V Alumni member Adnan Raja spoke at the Annual Dinner and encouraged young people to take their opportunities. He also thanked the support of One Voice in his own development. Read more
ONE VOICE CELEBRATES ‘OUTSTANDING’ DINNER
The One Vocie Annual Dinner and Members event took part over two days, attracting over 500 people from across the Borough. highlights included the much coveted 1V Community Champion Awards. Read more
12 YEAR OLD WINS LEADER’S AWARD
A young Blackburn student who wrote a speech that attracted international acclaim has won a major local award. 12 year old Sara Hussain will be this year’s recipient of the Leader’s Award, created by One Voice Blackburn. Read more
FINALISTS REVEALED FOR BIGGEST AWARDS
The finalists for this year’s 1V Community Champion Awards have been revealed. Read more
15 YEAR OLD TO HOST ANNUAL DINNER 2020
Sifa Turi is a Pleckgate High School student and is also part of the West End Girls (WEGs) group run by award winning charity One Voice Blackburn.
WEGs GROUP LAUNCH BANNED
The West End Girls (WEGs) group have formed their own pop group called BANNED, thanks to support from the Arts Council. They are thought to be one of the very few Muslim girls pop groups in the UK. Read more
SPORTS PROGRAMME CREATES COACHES
One Voice Blackburn has created 10 UKCC Netball Coaches, 11 ECB Cricket Coaches, and two UKCC Rounders coaches in the last 18 months. They have plans to create another 40 coaches in the next year with support from various bodies. Read more
CHRISTMAS VIDEO IS A HIT
The video, ‘I’m a Muslim and I Love the Festive Period’ is now in its third years and hears from members of the WEGs, East End Boys, Women’s Network, 1V Scouts and the Gentlemen’s Club talking about their enjoyment of the Christmas period. Read more
1V COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARDS – NOMINATE NOW
Nominations are now open for the 1V community Champions Awards 2020. The awards ceremony takes place in February 2020. Can you think of a worthy nominee? Read more
MINI CAREER’S FAYRE ATTRACTS YOUTH AND PARENTS
The One Voice Mini Career’s Fayre attacted nearly 100 people to learn about various professions. The event wa sheld at Blackburn Youth Zone. Read more
THIRD HIGH TEA EVENT IS A TREAT FOR LOCALS
Eighty guests attended the One Voice High Tea event at St. Feancis’ Church Hall, including the Mayor and Mayoral Consort of Blackburn with Darwen, Kate Hollern MP, and members of the local communities. Read more
ONE VOICE GROUPS VISIT MEMORIAL SITE
YOUNG students were sent on a trip to learn about how Muslims fought alongside the British Army. The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment organised the trip and invited One Voice groups among others to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 28 September. Read more
COFFEE NATTERS GROUP HAS OFFICIAL LAUNCH
The Coffee Natters group, operational since early this year, has already conducted many events and projects from mental health to leadership, to day trips and learning more about the local environment. Read more
NEW LEAFLET LAUNCHED TO TACKLE MENTAL HEALTH
On World Suicide Prevention Week the discussion on mental health and suicide is more important than ever. The leaflet has been produced jointly by Baiter Sehat (Better Health) lead Nazia Khan and Dawn Hardman from Re-Align Futures. Read more
WEGS VISIT SCOTTISH CAPITAL
Some of the West End girls (WEGs visited the Scottish capital as part of their explorative adventures in the UK. Read more
279 STUDENTS BECOME DEMENTIA FRIENDS
Pleckgate High School has become a ‘Dementia Friendly’ school, through the Baiter Sehat (Better Health) project and the Aviva Fund. Read more
COMMUNITY COHESION INITIATIVE REACHES 300
I’m not a Muslim but I will fast for one day’ attracted nearly 300 participants in 2019 as locals, businesses and institutes joined the Ramadan project with the Muslim community. Read more
SECRET SHEIKH IS A BIG SUCCESS FOR KIDS ON EID
Secret Sheikh is a joint project between One Voice Blackburn and Secret Santa Ltd. It was inspired because each Christmas many Muslims would help Secret Santa staff pack their sacks with presents for the most disadvantaged children across Blackburn and Darwen. The Women’s Network group were integral in the success of the project. Read more
GIRL’S GROUP RECEIVES FUNDING TO EXPAND
West End Girls (WEGs) has received grant funding from the Community Fund to increase numbers from 51 to nearly 125 by April 2020. Funding Officer Emma Walker presented the cheque to WEGs Co-ordinator Kiran Sadiq. More soon
MILL WORKERS OF THE PAST RELIVE MEMORIES
One Voice Blackburn has launched an exciting heritage project, My First Day in Lancashire Mills. The project explores the arrival of people from South Asia and Africa into Lancashire in the 1960s and 1970s. The project focuses on engaging young people in the history of Lancashire Mills and the people connected to them. It was delivered by the multi award-winning West End Girls (WEGS), who are a part of One Voice Blackburn. Read more
LET’S TALK ABOUT ORGAN DONATION
One Voice has continued their work into raising awareness of the need for transplants in the South Asian heritage communities. The project entitled ‘Let’s Talk About Organ Donation features a series of videos with members of the community talking about their own personal views on the subject. Read more
SCOUTS MAKE ROYAL ACQUAINTANCE
The 1V Scouts visited Giswell Park in late March where they met the Duchess of Cambridge to showcase their work in developing an early years provision. Read more
YOUTH AWARD FOR ONE VOICE LEAD
WEGs Co-ordinator Kiran Sadiq, 26, was nominated by the Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Cllr Mohammed Khan for a High Sheriff of Lancashire Award. Read more
LOCAL VOLUNTEERS AWARDED AT ANNUAL DINNER
300 people attended the One Voice Annual Dinner 2019 where 10 Awards were presented to local volunteers and workers in Blackburn and Darwen. The event also showcased the work of One Voice Blackburn. Read more
ONE VOICE TO CREATE 1000 DEMENTIA FRIENDS
One Voice Blackburn has won a major grant boost to increase the awareness of dementia following an announcement by the Aviva Community Fund. One Voice Blackburn, which is based in Bangor St Community Centre, has a long history of working in the area of dementia. Read more
ORGAN DONATION NURSE WINS BIG PRIZE
The 1V John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award has been won by Lead Diversity Nurse Angela Ditchfield for her work in raising awareness of organ donation among the South Asian heritage communities. Read more
1V COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED
The highly anticipated announcement of the shortlist for the 1V Community Champion Awards has been announced. There are four nominees in each of the four main categories. Read more
MENTAL HEALTH CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME LAUNCHED
A training programme to create mental health champions in the community was launched in January. The training programme will be led by mental health expert Jal Iqbal. Read more
LEADERS AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN
The 2019 Leader’s award has gone to a litter picking group who have done much more than clean the streets, creating friendships and cohesion along the road. they will be presented with the Award at the One Voice Annual Dinner. . Read more
ONE VOICE LAUNCH COHESION MESSAGE
Members of the Muslim community in Blackburn shared their feelings about the festive period in a community cohesion video that challenges myths and perceptions. Read more
VOTES FOR WOMEN ANNIVERSARY EVENT
‘Votes for Women, Women for Votes’ celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act which first gave women the right to vote. The act gave some women and all men the right to vote in local and national elections. Read more
1V AWARDS NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN
You can nominate your choice for a 1V Community Champion Award. The awards are inter seventh year. Winners will be announced at the One Voice Annual Dinner, in February 2019. Read more
HIGH TEA EVENT PROMOTES COHESION
A hundred people attended the One Voice High Tea event at St. Francis’s Church Hall in Blackburn. The event was delivered by the 1V Women’s Network and supported by Near Neighbours. Read more
ONE VOICE RECEIVES HERITAGE SUPPORT
One Voice Blackburn has received a National Lottery grant for an exciting heritage project, My First Day in Lancashire Mills. The project will be delivered by the West End Girls (WEGs). Read more
RAMADAN PROJECT SHORTLISTED FOR MAJOR AWARD
One Voice has been shortlisted for The Inclusive Companies Awards 2018 for their campaign, ‘I am not a Muslim but I will fast for one day.’ The campaign is a finalist in the Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year. Read more
18 YEAR OLD JOINS 1V ALUMNI
Rahat Sheth has been inducted into the 1V Alumni programme for her continued services to youth work in Blackburn and Darwen. Read more
CHILDREN IN NEED PROJECT GIVES ‘CONFIDENCE TO YOUNG PEOPLE
The 1V Cricket Academy, supported by Children in Need, has been described as ‘inspirational’ by parents who have noticed huge differences in those attending the weekly sessions. Read more
HUNDREDS OF NON MUSLIMS ‘FAST FOR A DAY’
Over 200 non-Muslims throughout Blackburn and Darwen took part in the #imnotamuslimbutiwillfastforoneday. The community cohesion initiative is not in its fifth year.
ONE VOICE LANDS PRESTIGIOUS QUEENS AWARD
We are delighted to announce One Voice Blackburn has been selected as a recipient for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2018. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
RECORD NUMBERS SIGN UP TO RAMADAN PROJECT
The annual ‘I’m Not a Muslim But I will Fast for One Day’ initiative has seen an increase in numbers wanting to get involved. The One Voice initiative, sponsored by Bukhara, features members of the public fasting for a day to experience the Muslim activity. The project is part of a community cohesion effort by One Voice in Blackburn and Darwen.
MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT CHANGES LIVES
One Voice have worked alongside Lancashire Mind to eradicate the stigma of mental health. The Time to Change campaign was commissioned by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Read more…
CRICKET FOR GIRLS ARRIVES AT ONE VOICE
A Soft Ball Cricket Festival saw the launch of the cricket academy for girls in mid April. Over 25 ladies attended the festival, with many playing cricket for the first time.
NEW NETBALL GROUPS PROVE MASSIVE SUCCESS
The new 1V netball groups have proved such a success that new sessions are to be introduced to meet the demand. The 1V Netball Club was launched in February 2018 at the annual dinner.
SCOUTS DANCE IS HIGHLIGHT OF AWARDS DINNER
Volunteers, community workers, and One Voice personnel have been honoured at the annual 1V Community Champion Awards.
1V NETBALL CLUB LAUNCHES
The 1V Netball Club was officially launched at the One Voice Annual Dinner, in February 2018.
SADIQ PATEL TO WIN OUTSTANDING AWARD
A man who captured hearts across the world is the recipient of the 1V John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award.
LEADER’S AWARD GOES TO SCOUTING CHAMPION
The Mohammed Khan Leader’s Award has been won by a scouting volunteer for over 30 years of work. The award will be presented at the One Voice Annual Dinner.
PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT ‘TIME TO CHANGE’
One Voice are working with Lancashire Mind and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to end mental health discrimination among the South Asian heritage community.
THE NOMINEES ARE…
The shortlist announcement has been announced for the 1V Community Champion Awards 2018. A total of over 120 nominations have been whittled down to 16 in four categories.
SHOPS TO BECOME FRIENDS OF DEMENTIA
One Voice have launched a campaign to make Whalley Range, Blackburn a dementia friendly area as part of the award winning Baiter Sehat project in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Read more
15 YEAR OLD TO HOST ANNUAL DINNER 2018
St Wilfrid’s Academy student Zainab Iqbal will be hosting the One Voice Annual Dinner at the Windsor Suite in February 2018. Read more
1V SCOUTS ARE GOING TO MALAYSIA
32 members of our Scouts family will be travelling to Malaysia next Summer to link up with Scouts groups in South East Asia. Read more…
ONE VOICE PARTNER IN MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT
Lancashire Mind, Blackburn with Darwen Council and One Voice Blackburn are joining forces on a new initiative which aims to end mental health discrimination. Read more…
AWARD GIVEN NAME CHANGE IN HONOUR OF LATE COUNCILLOR
The One Voice Outstanding Achievement Award will be renamed as The John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award. It is awarded on the night of the One Voice Annual Dinner. Read more…
ONE VOICE TO FEATURE IN DIGITAL FIRST
One Voice is going digital in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Read more
CRICKET ACADEMY IS LAUNCHED BY LEADER
One Voice Blackburn have launched the 1V Cricket Academy with the help of Council leader, Councillor Mohammed Khan. Read more
DELAY DEMENTIA IS LAUNCHED AS PART OF BAITER SEHAT
During Phase 4, focus groups revealed that people wanted to know how to delay or prevent dementia. One Voice have worked with local GP Dr Pervez Muzaffar to explore this alongside Age UK Blackburn with Darwen.
The concept to create a Delay Dementia leaflet was initiated by Brookhouse Development Group. The leaflet gives comprehensive advice on how to stay active, eat the right foods, watch your weight, stay fit mentally, and stop smoking – five key areas to delay the onset of dementia.
YOUTH GROUP LAUNCH DRUG AND ALCOHOL MISUSE VIDEO
One Voice has teamed up with CGL Inspire and GO2 to produce a video to highlight drug and alcohol misuse. Read more
GP LAUDS MENTAL HEALTH DEBATE
One Voice held a mental health debate as part of their ongoing work on the Baiter Sehat project, in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Read more
HIGH TEA EVENT GOES DOWN A TREAT
As part of the Summer Event programme 2017 One Voice held a High Tea event at St. Francis’s Church Hall in Blackburn. It brought together communities from across Blackburn. Read more
ONE VOICE NET COACHING SUPPORT
One Voice Blackburn is helping to create netball coaches of the future. In a project that is supported and funded by Sport England, One Voice aims to recruit and train up to 12 netball coaches in Blackburn and Darwen as part of a 1V Netball Academy. Read more
ONE VOICE AWARDED BBC CHILDREN IN NEED GRANT
One Voice Blackburn are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant to fund the 1V Cricket Academy and help make a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people right here in Blackburn. Read more
FRIENDS INSPIRE HEPATITIS AWARENESS
Inspire and GO2 with One Voice have teamed up with local organisations to become ‘Friends of the Service’ for World Hepatitis Day. Read more
WEGs HAVE THEIR CAKE & GET FITTER
The WEGs hosted a Bake Off Competition. The girls utilised their culinary skills to create outstanding desserts.
The WEGS took part in their first ever fitness and dance session with instructor Fahima Iqbal, a 1V Community Champion Award nominee. The group chose to try out the hip hop style dance technique and danced to ‘Wild Thoughts’ by Rihanna.
The girls were extremely energetic at the beginning of the lesson and became increasingly co-ordinated as the session progressed. WEGS member Azin even impressed her peers with some ad hoc cartwheels. The girls split into small groups to perform the routine and concluded that the most adept dancer in the group is Zainab!