High Sheriff of Lancashire Award


An inspirational young woman was welcomed to Blackburn Town Hall to be presented with a certificate for her local work in the community.

Kiran Sadiq receiving her award from Councillor Mohammed Khan and Denise Park, Deputy Chief Executive of the Council.

Kiran Sadiq, 26, from Blackburn, was nominated by the Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Cllr Mohammed Khan for a High Sheriff of Lancashire Award.

The awards recognise people who have shown outstanding commitment to Lancashire through either volunteering or from local public service.

Kiran was nominated for her work with West End Girls, which is a group affiliated with One Voice.

WEGs is a well known girls group in Blackburn which aims to empower young females, especially in the South Asian heritage community. The girls are aged between 10 and 18.

WEGs was founded in 2014 with 8 members. Kiran has helped the group to grow to 50 members, and with many more on the waiting list. There are three sections of the group – Pinks, Greens and WEGs ProActive. There is also an imminent launch of the WEGs white group.

After just missing out on the High Sheriff award, she was put forward for a Young Citizen Award in which she was commended.

The certificate was sent to to Councillor Khan who presented it to Kiran along with Denise Park, Deputy Chief Executive of the Council and Zaffer Khan, Chief Executive Office of One Voice.

Kiran said of the award, “WEGs (West End Girls) has become a major force in youth engagement in Blackburn. The success of the group is down to the girls themselves who design their own programmes and initiatives as a means of empowerment. I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of the WEGs, their parents and everyone at One Voice.”