VOLUNTEERS ARE WINNERS AT ONE VOICE ANNUAL DINNER
Volunteers and community workers were honoured at the 1V Community Champion Awards. The awards were held in association with the One Voice Annual Dinner on 25th February at the Windsor Suite, part of King Georges Hall, Blackburn.
The One Voice Annual Dinner was sponsored and supported by Blackburn College, HPA Solicitors, Humraaz Women’s Refuge, NHS England and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council,
The 1V Community Awards saw some of the best work in the community celebrated with six awards presented on the evening.
The Annual Dinner also included a speech from Sayyed Osman, Director of Bwd Council who spoke about the importance of female empowerment and women’s involvement in leadership roles.
The event, which was hosted by 14-year-old Safah Laylah commenced with a presentation by the 1V Scouts.
The West End Girls (WEGs) thrilled the audience with a delightful performance about the trajectory of the Blackburn woman.
Sayyed Osman, Director at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, spoke about the importance about the importance of female leadership, and cited historical Muslim leaders as great examples.
“To serve one must learn to make sacrifice. The greatest leaders have made the biggest personal sacrifices for the greater good, putting the needs of others before themselves.”
Humma Ahmed, headteacher at Walverden Primary School in Nelson shared her thoughts about the value of education and the supporting roles that families play for their children. “There should be no glass ceiling for girls and women in their career ambitions. I owe everything that I have accomplished to my family who have been behind me at all times.”
Vice principal of Blackburn College, Tracy Stuart articulated the importance of education and Blackburn College’s alliance with One Voice in a bid to reach out to local communities.
‘Blackburn College is proud to support the One Voice Annual Dinner and continue to work with the organisation to create educational opportunities for all.”
The event also saw the launch of an initiative by youth group 2020 Vision to tackle the stigma of being stereotyped on account of ones name. The short video, ‘Don’t Judge Me By Name’ aims to break down social barriers.
All the nominees for the 1V Community Champion Awards were chosen by the members of One Voice and the community at large.
The ‘Mohammed Khan Leadership Award’ was awarded to volunteer Chris Seddon. Chris said, “I love what I do, supporting young people and families when needed. To me our town, Blackburn, is proud and vibrant with a diverse population. Respecting and valuing our neighbours can only support our communities especially our young people to live in harmony in our town and country.” Read more…
The highly contested Youth of the Year Award went to Hamza Khan who said, “I want to thank everyone who has been there for me over the years.” Read more…
The Institute of the Year was won by Brookhouse Development Group for their community work. They said, “We weren’t expecting this. We want to thank One Voice and also want to give a shout out to all the other nominees.” Read more…
Shakeel Choudhry was awarded Man of the Year. Shakeel, and in an emotional acceptance speech, said, “I want to thank God and I am grateful for One Voice and all the other people who voted for me.” Read more…
The much coveted Woman of the Year award went to Ahlam Hasan who said, “I would like to thank One Voice for their great efforts in the community.” Read more…
The awards culminated in the Outstanding Achievement Award which was given to Iqbal Bhai for his dedication to nurturing and developing sporting talent. Read more…
One Voice Chairman, Abrar Hussain said, “The Annual Dinner was a wonderful evening with so many inspiring people gathered together in one room in a spirit of tangible cohesion. We would like to congratulate the winners and all of the nominees in the 1V Community Champion Awards.”
The evening culminated in the launch of the 2020 Vision community cohesion video, ‘Don’t Judge Me By My Name’. Watch it now:
“This year’s 1V Annual Dinner was hugely enjoyable and a successful event. From the young host, the 1V Scouts, the speakers, the WEGS to the winners, they all were brilliant as were all the nominees.,” said Firoza Mohmed from Humraaz.
“Humraaz are honoured to work in partnership with 1V and we sponsored the Outstanding Achievement Award. 1V have pursued female empowerment which was very apparent and evident this year. Breaking stereotypes of women and in particular Muslim women is very promising and I look forward to further development.”
1V Community Champion Awards Shortlist
… watch the video from 12 noon, Friday 3rd February 2017.
14 year old Safah Layla announces the nominations for the 1V Community Champions Awards 2017. Sarah presented the One Voice Annual Dinner on Saturday 25th February 2017.
Sponsors Announced for fifth Annual Dinner
Blackburn College, hpa Solicitors and Humraaz Refuge have confirmed their sponsorship for the fifth One Voice Annual Dinner, due to take place in February 2017. The event will feature the 1V Community Champion Awards alongside presentations from various groups, as well as key note speeches.
Ishtiaq Hussain, a Director of hpa Solicitors said,
“We are pleased to continue supporting the One Voice Annual Dinner. Every year the event sees an amalgamation of inspiring and selfless people working for the sole purpose of bettering their community. The event is a manifestation of tangible community cohesion. We are immensely looking forward to the Annual Dinner.”
Firoza Mohmed, Manager at Humraaz said,
“We are delighted to be sponsoring the One Voice Annual Dinner in Feb 2017 Humraaz value and support the partnership work with One Voice and the Baiter Sehat programme. Their health awareness on a range of topics is reached far into the community which aims to educate and create healthier BME communities in Blackburn with Darwen.”
Once a Year Experience
The One Voice Annual Dinner takes place each year to celebrate the achievements of the community and to provide an update on One Voice activities. The 1V Community Champion Awards are also presented each year.
In recent years the West End Girls (WEGs) have provided their own performance on all things related to the community. In 2016 the organisation celebrated its fifth anniversary.