CHAMPIONS CROWNED IN GLITTERING COMMUNITY EVENT
The 1V Community Champion Awards received a total of 440 nominations. The winners were announced at the One Voice Annual Dinner at the Windsor Suite, King Georges Hall in Blackburn.
A total of 10 awards were presented on the evening, six of which belonged in the 1V Community Champions categories.
And the winners were…
1V Young Person of the Year sponsored by Blackburn College
Nathan, 10-years-old, has been a very active litter picker for five years in the local community and other communities throughout Blackburn. He has also taken part in four beach cleans. Nathan has ADHD and high-functioning autism. Nathan is very sensitive to touch and made a very brave decision last summer to have his long hair cut for two charities. He raised £700 which was split between Blackburn with Darwen National Autistic Society and the Northern Inuit Society. Nathan has a very deep passion for the police force. He, enjoys walking dogs, looking after his hens, football cards, swimming and helping the life guards at the swimming club he attends.
1V Institute of the Year sponsored by The Wish Centre
The ARC Project is an outreach project of the West Pennine Moor Methodist Circuit. They have worked with Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Blackburn with Darwen from Wesley Hall Methodist Church since 2004. ARC aims to create a community where those fleeing war, violence and persecution can feel safe and supported as well as getting the vital practical help they need. The main objectives of ARC is to support asylum seekers and refugees integrate into UK society, provide timely advice and support to many people who are initially desperate, confused, frightened and traumatised by the upheaval they have faced. ARC help people with job seeking, benefits, housing, disability, education and health and well-being. The Project also provides interpreters and they run free English lessons twice a week at several levels which attract on average around 40 users a week.
1V Man of the Year 2019 sponsored by NHS Blood and Transplant
Phil Boulding, 58, is a former Royal Navy Radio Operator. For the last 18 months he wanted to put something back into the community. Phil worked voluntarily as founder and managing director of Secret Santa Ltd, where he gave toys in sacks to disadvantaged children. To date, just shy of 2,000 “Secret Santa Sacks of Joy” have been given out, which contained around 12,500 presents. Phil has also been involved in other good causes including providing prom dresses to girls in need and he has helped with Period Poverty supplies to schools in Blackburn with Darwen.
1V Woman of the Year 2019 sponsored by HPA Solicitors
Liz Crook is a local pioneer, inspiration and entrepreneur. Liz has worked in professional roles linked to the strategic care sector and consultancy in adult social care. She has worked from front line management to directorate level. In 2016, Liz founded Rummage Rescuers (RR) CIC (non-profit) supporting individuals and families in poverty. Working in a voluntary capacity, Liz completed over 1700 hours volunteering with RR between July 2017 and January 2018. Liz also founded and manages Personalising Freedom CIC whose aim is to promote empowerment choices for those in need of care packages. Liz’s unique skills bring both people and organisations together to achieve solutions and connect people.
1V John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Humraaz
The Mohammed Khan Leader’s Award
Keep Blackburn Tidy