1V Awards 2021


The 1V Awards have created dozens of inspirational and authentic stories for our nominees, winners and attendees.

The 1V Awards have taken place in Blackburn since 2013, and is a prominent part of the One Voice Annual Dinner. Run by One Voice Blackburn charity the 1V Awards are a celebration of community and volunteer contributions in Blackburn with Darwen.

The event started life in Maida Banqueting Hall, and in 2017 moved to King George’s Hall in Blackburn. The 1V Awards now attract an audience of 400 guests. It is now a key feature of civic events in the town.

The One Voice Annual Dinner features key-note speeches, presentations from the charity, entertainment, as well as the 1V Awards. A young member of the charity hosts the event. In 2021 the presenter will be 13 year old Sara Hussain. The event concludes with a three course meal.

The 1V Awards have grown from strength to strength. It has featured six main awards, with four of the awards coming directly from nominations in the community. Nominations are now open. They close on Friday 27th August 2021.

The 2021 Awards include:

1V Young Person of the Year

1V The Group of the Year

1V Man of the Year

1V Woman of the Year

The John Roberts Outstanding Achievement Award sponsored by Humraaz Support Services.

The Leader’s Award, supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Nominations open on 19th July 2021.

Many of the previous winners of the 1V Awards are grass root community members and organisations who have worked selflessly supporting their local areas. Some have excelled in the field of their work, while others have demonstrated excellence in the area of cohesion in Blackburn with Darwen. Simply to be featured on the shortlist has become a major achievement.


“It was an honour to receive the award. Scouting couldn’t exist in Blackburn without the adults who, week in, week out provide safe, secure activities and adventure for so many young people in the District. The growth in BME communities has been staggering..”

Howards Alderson-Perkins, Blackburn Scouts, 1V Group of the Year 2018

Blackburn Scouts were the recipients of the 1V Group of the Year Award in 2018

“Winning the 1V Man of the Year was a humbling and thrilling experience. The award evening itself truly superb, with amazing people and naturally for 1V, brilliant professional delivery.”

Phil Boulding, 1V man of the Year 2019

Phil Boulding won the 1V Man of the Year in 2019

Click below to view images from the 1V the One Voice Annual Dinner and 1V Awards 2020.