1V Man of the Year 2019


The 1V Man of the Year should be a role model for the whole community. He must demonstrate a series of activities or programmes which have made a real difference in his community.. The 1V Man of the Year must go beyond his paid role(s) to be considered for this award. Furthermore, he must have a record of working in many communities of Blackburn with Darwen. The award is sponsored by NHS Blood and Transplant. The shortlisted nominees for 2019 follow.

Abdelrehman Ali

Abdelrahman is a community connector at Reach IT Blackburn & Darwen CVS. At CVS, Abdelrahman helps people find voluntary work by signposting them to charity organisations. He has also worked for YMCA Blackburn where he was involved in the “job club’’ project helping people find jobs and be an active member of the community. Previous charity work includes working with The Children’s Society, Healthy Living, the ARC Project, the Sudanese community and Mums the World. At Mums the World, he helped provide school uniform for lower income families. Abdelrahman believes in the importance of teamwork, group spirit and community involvement and engagement. He aims to strengthen his people skills to be a valuable member of his community.

Sam Ali

Sam aims to inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams and wants to help change lives and ultimately make a difference to the communities in Blackburn. Sam is the founder and CEO of SWITCH Youth Community Organisation, a registered charity. Having encountered childhood trauma, homelessness and depression and anxiety in his teens, Sam is keen to use his experience to help inspire others to change their lives. Through SWITCH, Sam is able to offer services to young people aged 8-21-years-old in youth work and many different activities as well as providing opportunities for education and development programmes. Away from SWITCH Sam aims to help people in need of support and is involved in community cohesion work by bringing people together from all races, religions and backgrounds.

Phil Boulding

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.

Tariq Mahmood

Tariq Mahmood is a local Blackburn resident who is best known for his efforts in making his local community a cleaner place. Tariq is a prominent member of the Keep Blackburn Tidy group and his efforts, especially in the Brookhouse and Bastwell areas of Blackburn, have earned him huge praise. Tariq can be seen with his litter picker and orange bags each day on Victoria St, Whalley Range, and the back alleys of the area and beyond to ensure that the area remains environmentally clean and tidy. He has also struck up many partnerships and friendships throughout the town in his aims to encourage young and old to join in his aim of keeping the area clean, but also to encourage greater awareness of the Keep Blackburn Tidy campaign.