1V Awards 2020

FINALISTS REVEALED FOR BIGGEST BLACKBURN AWARDS

The finalists for this year’s 1V Community Champion Awards have been revealed.

The One Voice Annual Dinner will celebrate the eighth anniversary of the organisation set up in 2011 and will take place on Saturday, 22 February at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. Click link below to watch the video.

The Dinner will feature the 1V Community Champion Awards, keynote speeches, One Voice art presentations and will conclude with a three-course dinner.

The Annual Dinner will reflect the work of One Voice Blackburn over the previous 12 months. It is sponsored by Together Housing, Blackburn College, and the Arts Council.

The event will be hosted by 15-year-old student and West End Girls (WEGs) member and Pleckgate High School student Sifa Turi.

There are five awards up for grabs in February – the Woman of the Year, Man of the Year, Institute of the Year and Youth of the Year. The nominees for the said awards have been voted for by the public. The Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced on the evening.

The nominees for the Institute of the Year are Rummage Rescuers, Uniting Communities Organisation, Secret Santa and Friends of Corporation Park. The award is sponsored by Our Lancashire. SEE PROFILES

The highly contested Woman of the Year award finalists, sponsored by Together Housing, are Kay Kareem, Dawn Hardman, Rehana Mohammed and Wilma Burton. SEE PROFILES

‘Proud and privileged’

Rehana Mohammed said,
“I am very proud and privileged to be on the shortlist for this amazing award. I have been working in Blackburn and Lancashire for a number of years. I have wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of people in the South Asian community, particularly women.”

Dawn Hardman added, “I have been incredibly emotional about this nomination, I’ve even had a little cry. To think people took time to nominate me for this award is overwhelming.”

The Man of the Year award finalists, sponsored by HPA Solicitors are Pete Sculpher, John Gillmore, Sam Ali and Yaqoob Hussain. SEE PROFILES

Sam Ali said, “Being nominated as Man of the Year for the second year in a row is a fantastic achievement. 2019 was an amazing year for myself and SWITCH and the support from the local communities in Blackburn who are now recognising our work is an absolutely amazing.”

‘Over the moon,’ Yaqoob Hussain

Yakoob Hussain shared his thoughts about being a Man of the Year finalist.

“I’m over the moon to be honest. I have been fortunate enough to receive awards in the past for my work, but to be simply nominated for the 1V Man of the Year is beyond words. This is a very prestigious award. Thank you to all those who nominated me.”

Peter Sculpher articulated his sentiments about his nomination.

“It was quite a shock to receive an email to be notified of the nomination. To be honest with you, I don’t volunteer as a Scout Leader to receive awards. It is something I want to give back to the community. I was given those opportunities as a youngster, now I want to help others.”

And finally, the Young of the Year award nominees, sponsored by Blackburn College are Sahil Usman, Umaimah Jalgaonkar, A’aishah Patel and finally jointly Tia Maia Clarke and Carey McPartland. SEE PROFILES

‘Extremely honoured,’ A’aisha Patel

A’aisha said, “I am extremely honoured to have been recognised for the contribution I make to my community and see this nomination as encouragement to myself and to others to do more.”

Umaimah Jalgaonkar also expressed her thoughts about being a finalist. “Thank you to all the people that nominated me. It is such a privilege to be among such talented people in the nomination for the 1V Young Person of the Year. I work in many deprived communities. I hear people’s stories and it motivates me to make a difference.”

Sahil Usman, the youngest finalist this year, said, “I am really proud of my nomination. I am really happy to have been recognised for my work on raising awareness of cancer in all communities.”

Abrar Hussain, Chairman of One Voice, said, “We are looking forward to another evening of celebrating the incredible and tireless community work done by the amazing finalists. The awards are a great way to recognise the time and effort individuals and groups put into helping improve their local communities.

The Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced on 22nd February 2020 alongside the other winners who will be chosen by the Directors of One Voice Blackburn. The winner of the Leader’s award will be chosen by Leader of the Council, Mohammed Khan, and is sponsored by Our Community, Our Future.