Volunteers and community workers will be honoured at the One Voice Annual Dinner through the 1V Community Champion Awards.

The awards, in their seventh year, celebrate the very best of community people and groups in Blackburn and Darwen. Awards include Young Person, Institute, Man and Woman of the Year 2019.

The seventh One Voice Annual Dinner will include the 1V Community Champion Awards, 1V Excellence Awards and the Leader’s Award.

The Annual Dinner will reflect the work of One Voice Blackburn over the previous 12 months, which includes receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and also being featured on BBC radio and TV for their various campaigns. The event will be hosted by 15-year-old student and West End Girls (WEGs) member and Witton Park Academy student Ayah Abdulsalam.

The Annual Dinner is sponsored by HPA Solicitors, Blackburn College, The Wish Centre and NHS Blood and Transplant.

A key note speech will be delivered by Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.


Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw

Clive said, “I am really pleased to support any organisation that helps me deliver on the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan, and by helping work towards an inclusive, confident community in Blackburn with Darwen, One Voice is clearly demonstrating this.

“This event is a fantastic chance to recognise those who make a real positive impact in our neighbourhoods and on other people’s lives.”

In addition, Ronan McMahon, Club Link Maker managing the Satellite Clubs intervention at Active Lancashire will be speaking at the event. Ronan said,

“It’s been fantastic working with the leads, all the volunteers and participants connected to One Voice Blackburn. Being invited to speak at the annual celebration event is a very kind gesture, but also an indication of the strong partnership Active Lancashire has cemented with One Voice over the last few years. It promises to be a great evening celebrating the hard work and contributions of local people in Blackburn with Darwen.”

Ronan McMahon from Active Lancashire

Also speaking at the Annual Dinner is Nadya Osman, Young Leader of the 1V Scouts. Nadya said, “The Scouts have had an incredible year and it has been a pleasure to watch their development and growth. From gaining a better understanding about different communities to learning new life skills to travelling to Malaysia, the Scouts have had an unforgettable twelve months. We look forward to what the next year brings.”

Nadya Osman

Abrar Hussain, Chairman of One Voice, said, “We are looking forward to hearing from our guest speakers and listening to their inspiring words.

“The Annual Dinner is a great way to celebrate the work being done in our community and are an apt way to recognise the time and effort individuals and groups put into helping improve their local areas.

The One Voice Annual Dinner will take place on Friday, 22 February at King George’s Hall, Blackburn.