Awards and Speakers


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

The awards, in their sixth 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 2018.

The One Voice Annual Dinner will take place at the Windsor Suite in Blackburn

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

The event will feature key note speeches, as well as presentations from the many groups run by One Voice Blackburn. These include a sensational dance presentation by the 1V Scouts as well as presentations by the West End Girls (WEGs), 2020 Vision, 1V Women’s Network, 1V Cricket Academy and 1V Netball.

The Annual Dinner is sponsored by HPA Solicitors, Blackburn College, Kumon Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Humraaz Refuge.

The event is also supported by Time to Change, NHS England and The Wish Centre.

Key note speeches will be delivered by Jal Iqbal and Lauren Oakland from Lancashire Mind who will talk about mental health in the BME community and will also discuss the Time to Change project which is being led by One Voice and Lancashire Mind.

Jal Iqbal will be talking about mental health

Jal Iqbal has been a Community Development worker for mental health for nearly 11 years. His experience puts him in a great place to be part of the One Voice commitment to better health and as the Mental Health lead for Baiter Sehat he has helped to steer our vision for beating mental health stigma and raising awareness for the betterment of our communities. Jal is seen as a leading expert in the area of mental health, particularly in understanding the needs of the South Asian heritage communities.

In addition, Shabnum Younus Jewell, BBC Radio Journalist will speak at the event.

Shabnum said,

“As a proud Blackburn girl, I’m looking forward to being a part of the sixth One Voice Annual Dinner. It will be an honour to share the stage with everyone involved in this integral organisation and to speak about my journey to the BBC.”

Shabnum Younus Jewell will be talking about empowerment and career choices

Further speeches at the Annual Dinner will be delivered by sponsors Blackburn College and Kumon.

Dominic Harrison, Director of Public Health for Blackburn with Darwen, Denise Park, Executive Director of Resourses and Transformation for Blackburn with Darwen Council and Kate Hollern MP will be presenting 1V Excellence Awards.

The Annual Dinner will take place on Saturday 24th February at King Georges Hall, Blackburn.