2020 Vision is a project-based initiative created by One Voice Blackburn. It encompasses various social action programmes aimed at developing the next generation of leaders. It was launched in November 2015.

2020 Vision is also the recruitment ground for volunteers into the organisation. Many of these volunteers have then gone onto paid employment through the holiday club programmes.

2020 Vision is also a community think tank that will lend its views to local decision makers in shaping Blackburn with Darwen. Members are aged between 14 and 20. Some of the members are students at universities throughout the UK and beyond, who aim to give back to their communities through mentoring.

The 1V Scouts range from 6 years, and up to 14 years. The groups include Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, as well as Young Group Leaders.

Launched in 2014 Scout adventures are full of fun, exploration and learning. The 1V Scouts work in small groups learning responsibility as well as how to look out for each other.

Much of their activities entail getting out into nature and learning new skills.

Over the last seven years the 1V Scouts have been on some incredible journeys. These have included various camps, including residential. In 2015 the Cubs participated in an amazing sleepover at the National History Museum, in London. The 1V Scouts is normally full to capacity, but each year we take on a small number of Beavers (6-8 years).

The 1V Scouts also provides a unique opportunity to young people to volunteer as Group Leaders. They get to learn key leadership skills, and working with children at a variety of levels.


The 1V Ladies Network is a group that meets on a regular basis and strives to cater for the cultural and emotional needs of females in Blackburn, especially those from ethnic minorities and Asylum/Refugee backgrounds.

The group feed into the mainstream activities of One Voice Blackburn. The 1V Ladies Network highlight issues relating to health and well being, as well as employability and empowerment to create local female leaders. The group also work on community cohesion initiatives.

Each year the group organises the One Voice Afternoon event, which brings together the diverse communities of the town.

Coffee Natters is a female group which meets on a Thursday morning a Bangor St Community Centre in Blackburn.

The Coffee Natters group, operational from 2018, has already conducted many events and projects from mental health to leadership, to day trips and learning more about the local environment.

Coffee Natters ladies also partake in sporting activities, learning new skills and offering a supportive environment to women fronm the local community.