Our activities benefit primarily residents from some of the most deprived wards in the borough and predominantly from South Asian backgrounds. We deliver programmes of work aimed at improving the physical and mental health of residents of the borough alongside a strong programme of activities which instil leadership skills and abilities amongst both young people and women in particular. Our work seeks to challenge inequalities that exist in hard-to-reach communities and some of our work tackling health inequalities has been ground-breaking. The ethos of the organisation is to uplift marginalised communities. We work with residents to create campaigns which address some of the greatest needs of disenfranchised groups and we have gained the reputation of being specialists in BAME engagement in our local area. Our work with young people focuses on supporting them to become leaders of our community, working with children from the age of 6 upwards to give them opportunities to thrive and flourish in our environment which is engaging, passionate, warm and inclusive.
Volunteers are essential to the delivery of our programmes of work and we value the knowledge and skills they bring to our organisation. One Voice Blackburn’s dedication to volunteering is well recognised in the borough and in 2018, the organisation was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.