Community Cohesion campaigners and volunteers are welcomed to Blackburn later  this month at the North West Fusion Awards.

This year’s Fusion Awards ceremony will feature 12 awards and take place on Saturday May 28 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. 

The event features awards  that honour youth leadership, Community cohesion, entrepreneurs, sporting excellence and  charity champions.

It is ninth year the event is being staged in Blackburn after first being held in Bolton.
Blackburn with Darwen Council is  supporting the Community Cohesion Award.

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In 2016 the finalists include ‘A People Panorama’ a collection of stunning portraits celebrating different cultures displayed at the Manchester Jewish Museum; the Blackburn based Asylum Refugee Community, a group which caters for new arrivals to the town; The Bolton Interfaith Trail hosted by the Bolton Interfaith Council; the Ilm 2 Amal initiative from First Ethical which aims to encourage students to volunteer in the wider community and Changing Perceptions from The Oppo Foundation which seeks to bring people together from different groups through the medium of football.

Mo Isap, Chair of Blackburn with Darwen Local Strategic Partnership, said:  “For many years we have accepted external perceptions of our towns as fact and too often allowed negative stereotypes to be promoted on our behalf.

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"Our place brand seeks to dispel the negative, celebrate the positive and represent a collective ambition of prosperity."

A Blackburn with Darwen Spokesperson said, “The Council is delighted to once again support this year’s Fusion Awards.

“Blackburn with Darwen is a great place to live, work and visit and that is in no small part to the sense of neighbourliness and community togetherness that can be found in this borough.

“As the Your Call campaign shows, people from different backgrounds and different walks of life come to together to make the borough a better place.

“We look forward to seeing the nominees for the Community Cohesion award and recognise those who go the extra mile to make their communities tick.”