1V Institute of the Year 2018


The 1V Institute of the Year should be an example of how a community-based organisation should be and how to successfully interact with members of all communities to make a tangible difference. They must be aware of the issues facing Blackburn and in some way engaging with these issues. Furthermore, they must have a track record of working with many communities in Blackburn with Darwen. Organisations that enhance the standing of their local community and town will also be considered in this category.


Blackburn District Scouts

Blackburn District Scouts are the UK’s biggest mixed youth organisation. The group change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities.

They also help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world. Blackburn District Scouts have been very successful in ensuring Scouting is enjoyed by growing numbers of young people and is as diverse as the community in which we live. In the last five years they have grown enormously with a special emphasis on Muslim/Asian startups, which has increased participation in South Asian heritage communities.

The group recently launched a new initiative called One Community One Blackburn in a bid to bring cohesion between communities in Blackburn.

Friends of Roe Lee Park

Friends of Roe Lee Park organise a number of events and activities that take place around Roe Lee Park in Blackburn.

The group is made up of volunteers who work on various projects including the popular Winter Wonderland Christmas Community Day, Fun Days, litter picking and bulb and tree planting with local schools.

Their gardening projects include weeding, planting of beds and the reinstatement of public footpaths.

The Friends of Roe Lee Park joined forces with Blackburn with Darwen Council to see the children’s play area at Roe Lee Park in Blackburn have its old equipment removed and replaced.

Hands of Hope

Hands of Hope are a locally based community group made up of volunteers from various faiths, backgrounds and ages ranging from 12 to over 60. The aim of the group is to make a difference to the local community, regardless of age, race, religion or ethnicity.

They feed the homeless every Wednesdays in a car park in Blackburn with support from local businesses. Hands of Hope have delivered over 3500 Easter eggs over that period to children in hospitals and hospices across the Northwest.

The group has also international issues with one of the members cycling from Manchester to Blackburn raising £20,000 for the Rohingya refugees. On Christmas Eve, the team spent the afternoon at a local care home delivering presents to all the residents.


Resolve is the local hate crime support group for Blackburn with Darwen. The group entails a group of diverse people who have experience of Hate Crime and are passionate about supporting others to report in a safe and strong environment.

Resolve is a welcoming action group which gives people a chance to share their experiences of disability hate crime. The group gives people a chance to be heard, as well as an opportunity to make changes.  They meet every week and are passionate about making sure hate crimes are given attention, that the people who commit them or behave in a hostile manner towards others know that it isn’t acceptable, with the hope that in the future they stop happening.