1V Young Person of the Year 2019


The 1V Young Person of the Year must have demonstrated leadership, character and service to the community of Blackburn with Darwen. The 1V Young Person of the Year should be a role model for the community. He/she must be aware of the challenges facing young people today. Moreover he/she must have a track record of working with many communities of Blackburn with Darwen. The Young Person of the Year should show determination to make their home town an even better place to live. The award is sponsored by Blackburn College

Aysha Khan

Aysha, 21-years-old has been involved in community work since she was 12-years-old. Since then she has worked on various projects within her community and beyond. Aysha has seen injustice, lack of rights and freedom as well as oppression first hand. She aims to be the voice for the voiceless and to make sure those in her community feel safe and empowered and that positive changes are made and clearly seen. Aysha hopes to become a teacher. She is determined to be a compassionate helping hand to others and to prove no dream is ever out of reach.

Nathan Pugh

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.

Aliyah Shah

In a bid to enhance her involvement in the community, Aliyah joined the Youth Parliament two years ago. This enabled her to engage with a host of issues that affect young people in the Borough. One of Aliyah’s key campaign issues has been to raise awareness of mental health and to attempt to decrease the social stigma around it. Last year Aliyah helped host an event surrounding mental health, domestic abuse and substance misuse where over 100 young people from the borough attended. Aliyah has also worked to promote social cohesion by attending a two-week cultural exchange programme in the USA. She has also spoken on the radio about cultural cohesion in Blackburn.