ONE VOICE LANDS MBE ACCOLADE
Community group One Voice Blackburn has received a Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2018.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
The prestigious award recognises exceptional work done by volunteer groups in their communities. One Voice were given the award in an official ceremony at County Hall in Preston. They received a signed Certificate by the Queen, and trophy from the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth.
This national honour was first announced in April 2002 to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, with the first awardees announced in 2003. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
The organisation has landed a stream of awards in the previous seven years for health innovation, for work on organ donation, community engagement, and social entrepreneurship. One Voice works in the area of health, empowerment, leadership, and community cohesion.
One Voice run a 1V Scouts, West End Girls, 2020 Vision, Women’s Network and a range of sporting offering to assist social isolation among disenfranchised communities.
Chairman of One Voice Abrar Hussain said, “We are thrilled to receive this award. This accolade is a real testament to the invaluable and far reaching work of all our volunteers. This tremendous recognition is a tribute to their tireless efforts.”
Local leaders were quick to heap praise on the Blackburn based community interest company.
The Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Mohammed Khan, said: “This is a wonderful achievement and I would like to congratulate One Voice on achieving the highest award given to local volunteer groups – the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
“The work carried out by One Voice is a credit to the borough and brings positivity, improved health and empowerment to so many people in our hardest to reach communities.
“I am really pleased for the whole One Voice organisation and am so glad that it has received this recognition.”
Harry Catherall, Chief Executive of the Council, said: “This award really recognises the tireless work by volunteers in their communities to support social inclusion and One Voice has really made its mark on so many people across Blackburn with Darwen. They give their time for free to reach out to people and their impact is enormous.
“The opportunities and leadership that One Voice has given to young people is hugely important, from sport, to dance, work, education and so much more, and really makes a difference in their lives. This is a richly deserved award and I am absolutely thrilled for One Voice.”
The group has already visited Buckingham Palace and received an official certificate, signed by the Queen, and trophy at a local presentation hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth.