The Curry Club was honoured with the Community Group of the Year award at Fusion.

The Fusion Awards were held on Saturday July 6 at King George’s Hall, Blackburn attracting volunteers, charity workers and sporting talent from across the North West.

The Curry Club was originally established in 2005 and was the first and only Luncheon Club in Blackburn that targeted Asian women.


Volunteers were recruited and training was provided for Health and Safety, First Aid and Food preparing and hygiene.

Now, through cooking good food, they have aimed to break down misconceptions of women.

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The Curry Club were presented the award by Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

Speaking on the night a spokesperson said, “We are feeling really good. Our aim is to get the community together. It is amazing and unbelievable. We have a good hard working team.

“May Allah accept our prayers.”

What is notable is that volunteers who have led the Curry Club since 2011 have done so independent of any major funds.  

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The Curry Club are here pictured with Feroza Mohmed who was a finalist in the Woman of the Year category

The group has attracted small funding but to sustain the group they charge £3 for a plate of food with as many helpings as a person would like.

Their doors are open to people from all faiths, backgrounds and age groups.

In 2018 and 2019 members of the group hosted classes at the National Festival of Making.

Clive Grunshaw said, "As always the work that groups do in contributing toward their communities is exceptional, which is why I am proud to support the Community Group of the Year award on behalf of Our Lancashire – a new social action network for the county.

"Our Lancashire will bring together small local groups, clubs and associations across the county in one place, showcasing the work they do to support people in their community and helping them to grow.

"Developing safe and confident communities across Lancashire is a key priority in my police and crime plan which is why I also continue to support residents and volunteers through grants such as my Community Action Fund, who make a real difference in Lancashire helping deliver projects that reduce crime and keep areas safe.

"I am delighted to see role local groups play, day in, day out to help people across the county is being recognised at this even this evening."