1V Young Person of the Year 2018


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 characteristics that include passion, inclusiveness and warmth, as well as determination to make their home town an even better place to live.

Bia Hashmi

Bia Hashmi is a determined young community leader, tirelessly helping her community through volunteering efforts in and outside of school. She is passionate about championing open dialogue around subjects affecting young people. Bia has addressed issues addressing individual liberty including LGBT at school and has interviewed an MP. She has been actively learning about the governance roles through which young people’s voices can be projected to make a positive change. Bia was part of a group who campaigned for a Better Brexit for young people living in the UK. With the group she helped write a song ‘We’re Undivided,’ addressing the positive changes young people need today. The song was performed outside Blackburn Town Hall. She also urged young members of the public to vote for the issues that they were most concerned with when it came to the Brexit negotiations, so that those issues could be raised in Parliament. Bia is also a keen writer whose stories and poems have been published in the Young Writers books.


Jack Murray

Jack Murray embodies all the characteristics of a true scout. He is renowned for his helpful and kind mannerisms. Jack is a leader from St Georges Scouts but his role and activities in Blackburn Scouts go much beyond this. As Blackburn District Youth Commissioner, Jack is instrumental in promoting YouShape scouting in Blackburn.  Jack is always keen to bring all the communities in Blackburn together and ensuring that all communities have a voice in the future of the activities.  Jack is also regularly volunteering in scouting events across various groups to lend a hand and pass on his various skills.

Ummaih Shah

Ummaih Shah is the Youth MP of Blackburn with Darwen. She is also a Youth Development team member at SWITCH youth community organisation. Ummaih has a lot of passion for helping the community, giving back and being part of projects and sessions. She has been involved in helping run sessions for younger people, leading projects on community cohesion, bullying, racism awareness and many more. She is also keen to help provide work experience to improve job prospects for young people. Ummaih has represented Blackburn with Darwen in the youth parliament.  As well as attending the Council’s executive and scrutiny boards, Ummaih represents young people’s voices in meetings and events and regularly visits youth clubs and school councils from across the borough, through Young People’s Services.


Adam Umarji

 Undergraduate student Adam Umarji has committed much of his time in working in the voluntary sector in Blackburn from a young age. He has been an active participant in youth group SLYNCS, particularly in their period of launch.

Adam carried out his own National Citizen Service (NCS) campaign in 2017, over the course of the summer. As well as being a drug and alcohol ambassador in Blackburn and Darwen Adam has been a leading light as one of the regional volunteers for national charity Penny Appeal. He has galvanised a team of volunteers to provide Penny Appeal a major footing in Blackburn.