One Voice Blackburn are creating awareness of dementia in the South Asian heritage community of Blackburn, and wider Lancashire, through the Baiter Sehat (Better Health) programme.

Since 2015, One Voice has created over 2000 dementia friends, and 15 dementia champions to raise awareness of the condition. One Voice has also supported in the launch of a specialist dementia care home in the heart of Blackburn.


A local communjty group has won a major grant boost to increase the awareness of dementia following an announcement by the Aviva Community Fund. One Voice Blackburn, which is based in Bangor St Community Centre, has a long history of working in health inequalities in the local area.

The Aviva funding will create 1000 dementia friends

The funds awarded to Remember the Times Project from the Aviva Community Fund will be used to create an extra 1000 dementia friends in the Blackburn with Darwen area by the end of 2019. The aim of the project ‘Remember the Time’ is to create 1,000 new Dementia Friends, by creating 10 Dementia Champions to deliver awareness sessions into the communities of Blackburn and Darwen.

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help.

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. You usually become a Dementia friend by attending a face-to-face Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by a Champion. Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

Remember the Times competed with over 3,000 community projects around the UK to receive funding as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2018.

The nationwide initiative, now in its forth year, called upon local supporters to champion a project in their area to be in with a chance of securing funding ranging from £1,000 up to £25,000.

Each organisation had to galvanise the support of their local community to vote for their entry in one of three categories: Health and Wellbeing, Skills for Life & Environment. Over 4 million votes were placed this year, with over 2,000 local projects benefitting from the funding since the Aviva Community Fund was established. One Voices project reached nearly 5,000 votes.

Zaffer Khan, Chief Executive Officer at One Voice Blackburn says: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received this good news for the people of Blackburn and Darwen who will be the beneficiaries of this award. As an organisation we have created over 500 dementia friends in the local area and this funding will allow us to create another 1,000. We would like to wholeheartedly thank all those people who voted for us. This project has the potential to save lives.”

One Voice Blackburn won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2018, and the organisation won the Award in Excellence from the Department of Health in 2014 for the work in health engagement with communities in Lancashire.


For more information or if you would like to become a dementia friend please contact One Voice by emailing: