It's your new magazine...

We are launching the pilot edition of One Voice Blackburn’ magazine with a view that it will be produced every quarter starting from the beginning of June 2022. 

Most of you will know about the community work of One Voice Blackburn charity. We launched in April 2011 as a voluntary community group, becoming a community interest company in 2015, and then a fully-fledged charity in 2021. We won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (equivalent of an MBE) in 2018. One Voice Blackburn run a whole host of groups from 1V Scouts to West End Girls, Baiter Sehat (Better Health) to the Gentlemen’s Club. We are embedded in the community we serve. 

The One Voice Blackburn magazine will feature community based features, columnists, designers, health related articles and much more material. Our young people at One Voice Blackburn will be at the forefront of the editorial and production alongside seasoned journalists, columnists , designers and photographers. 

Local publishers are reaching new and growing audiences across a range of platforms. The magazine will create a space for localised information to be passed around and seen. This is important as mainstream media sometimes fails to address positive news specific to each community or town. The magazine will be the main form of coverage and exposure for aspiring young and local journalists. 

We aim to include key community messages, education and entertaining material. The articles will focus on relevant, up to date news topics that are specific to our community and Blackburn as a whole. Just because an achievement isn’t ground breaking on a national level does not mean that that achievement is not worth reporting on. The magazine will make these feats feel more important by sharing them with our community, fostering a greater feeling of community spirit. 

There are so many good stories to tell about our town, our home. We intend to tell them. There are also some challenges that we need to face. We will tackle them. There are many heroes in our communities. We will celebrate them. 

The most important piece of this enterprise is the readers. We welcome your support as well as your feedback. Ultimately this is your magazine. 

Zaffer KhanChief Executive Officer,
One Voice Blackburn

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