Together Housing backs equality and diversity celebration
Together Housing Group is supporting the largest diverse gathering of its kind in Blackburn with Darwen which celebrates the borough’s community champions.
The Blackburn-based housing association is sponsoring the One Voice Annual Dinner, which will feature the 1V Community Champion Awards.
One Voice Blackburn is a Community Interest Company that aims to create an inclusive, cohesive and vibrant community in Blackburn. The dinner recognises the achievements of the company and those individuals and organisations that have excelled in community and voluntary work in the area.
Together Housing is also sponsoring the Woman of the Year Award, which will celebrate a role model who has demonstrated a series of activities or programmes which have made a real difference in her community or the town.
The other categories are Young Person of the Year, Institute of the Year, Man of the Year and the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Tahir Idris, Together Housing Group’s Equality and Diversity Manager, said: “As a housing provider which prides itself on promoting equality and diversity in the communities we serve, we are honoured to be backing One Voice’s annual celebration. We will always support organisations like OneVoice, rooted in local communities, which develop authentic and innovative initiatives, shining a light on so much great work that goes on.
“I look forward to finding out more about the inspirational work the award nominees have been doing as well as celebrating One Voice’s achievements over the last 12 months.”
Zaffer Khan, Chief Executive Officer of One Voice, said: “The Annual Dinner is a wonderful evening with so many inspiring people gathered together in one room. It is an event that the community always looks forward to.
“We are looking forward to celebrating some of the best work in the community with the 1V Community Champion Awards.”
One of the key aims of One Voice Blackburn is the empowerment of women, especially from the South Asian heritage community. As such, the awards will be hosted by Indian born Sifa Turi, a 15-year-old Pleckgate High School student who is part of the West End Girls group run by One Voice .
Sifa said: “Being given the chance to host the annual dinner 2020 is such an honour and so exciting. Although it going to be nerve racking and is going to take a lot of preparation, I’m ready to take this on and perform the best I can. I’d like to thank all the directors for giving me the opportunity to host such an important event, I hope I can make everyone proud.”
The One Voice Annual Dinner, which is also being sponsored by Blackburn College and The Art Council, will take place at King George’s Hall on Saturday 22 February.