Blackburn Youth Zone receives funding for its Diversity Afterschool Clubs

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Blackburn Youth Zone is pleased to announce it has secured £30,000 funding to support it to deliver after-school clubs to disabled young people within Blackburn with Darwen. The Peter Harrison Foundation is providing £15,000 to support the after-school clubs for the next three years, along with a further £15,000 from an anonymous match funding source. The after-school clubs give disabled young … [Read more...]

Melanie Thomas nominated for Rising Star Award

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Blackburn Youth Zone are proud to announce that Melanie Thomas, Fundraising Assistant at the Youth Zone, has been shortlisted for the ‘Rising Star (under 30 years old)’ category at the HIVE BwD Business Awards 2018. Mel was nominated for the passion, hard work and determination she shows on a daily basis in her job, helping Blackburn Youth Zone deliver activities for more than 1,000 young … [Read more...]

Northcote to host exclusive event to raise money in aid of Blackburn Youth Zone


Northcote are to organise and host ‘A Night with Lisa Goodwin-Allen’ on Thursday 14th June that will take place at the luxurious Northcote Manor to raise vital funds for Blackburn Youth Zone. Blackburn Youth Zone, helps to support thousands of local young people, providing somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to 365 days a year for just 50p. Blackburn Youth Zone events … [Read more...]

Community ‘Eat Together’ at Blackburn Youth Zone for National Festival of Making

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Community ‘Eat Together’ at Blackburn Youth Zone for National Festival of Making You’re invited to join Blackburn Youth Zone community ‘Eat Together’ in support of the National Festival of Making on 13th May 2018. On Sunday 13th May Blackburn Youth Zone will be delivering a community ‘Eat Together’ where young people, parents and local business can come and celebrate the Festival Of … [Read more...]

Unicorns and Drama comes to Blackburn Youth Zone for National Festival of Making 2018

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Unicorns and Drama comes to Blackburn Youth Zone for National Festival of Making 2018 Blackburn Youth Zone is pleased to announce an agenda of special events in support of the National Festival of Making on 12th and 13th May 2018. This National Festival of Making will take place in Blackburn on Saturday 12th May and Sunday 13th May 2018.  In 2017 the first National Festival of Making … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone receives funding from the ‘Arts Council’

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Blackburn Youth Zone receives funding from the ‘Arts Council’   Blackburn Youth Zone has received funding from the ‘Arts Council’ to deliver a young-person led art project in collaboration with the Hive manufacturing group. The project uses waste from local manufacturers to inspire young people to make art, including unicorns and musical instruments. BYZ members have been involved … [Read more...]

Festival Of Making returns ‘A new kind of festival for a new age of making’

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    ‘A new kind of festival for a new age of making’ The National Festival of Making returns to the manufacturing heartland of Blackburn, Lancashire over Sat 12 – Sun 13 May 2018, promising two more exciting days of innovative art installations, workshops, and markets throughout the town centre. The first ever National Festival of Making in 2017 welcomed 30,000 people of all … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone Chief Executive, Hannah Allen joins the BID Executive Board

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Hannah Allen, Chief Executive of Blackburn Youth Zone joins Blackburn BID Executive Board. Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID) launched in 2014 and is an ideal mechanism to develop a dynamic business environment in Blackburn town centre. Hannah Allen, who is also a member of the Hive Steering Group will implement the BIDs four key themes which are to; market and promote Blackburn as a … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone are recognised as part of Children’s University

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Blackburn Youth Zone are delighted to be recognised by Children's University, a national initiative that encourages children and young people who take part in learning activities outside of school hours. Blackburn Youth Zone members aged 8 - 11 who attend Junior Club on Wednesday, 3:30pm - 7pm, Friday 3:30pm - 8:30pm and Saturday 2:30pm - 5:30pm to participate in extracurricular activities … [Read more...]

Christmas Jumper Appeal Success!

The Christmas Jumper Appeal was a great success for raising both funds and awareness for Blackburn Youth Zone and our weekly ‘Eat Together’ programme. We raised a grand total of £4,362 and engaged over 20 businesses, Coal Clough Academy and Blackburn College. The Cardboard Box company got involved in producing the collection boxes and Workhouse Marketing kindly designed and provided all artwork. … [Read more...]

Westholme School raises £1157.48 for Blackburn Youth Zone


Westholme School continues to support Blackburn Youth Zone On Tuesday 7th December, Westholme School showed their support to Blackburn Youth Zone by donating £1157.48 that was raised through a collection at a carol service by parents and guardians. The donation will go towards keeping Blackburn Youth Zone open 365 days a year for the young people of the borough. Hannah Allen, Chief … [Read more...]

Supporters Event: Making a difference together

Supporters of Blackburn Youth Zone day to thanks them for their continuing support. Founder Andrew Graham speaks to the supporters. Picture by Paul Heyes, Thursday December 07 2017.

On 7th December 2017 Blackburn Youth Zone invited guests from across the organisations Patron and Community Network to celebrate the generous support that has kept Blackburn Youth Zone open 365 days for the past 5 years for all young people across the borough. Guests were welcomed to the Supporters’ Event by Blackburn Youth Zone Chairman, Rt Hon Jack Straw, who highlighted the importance of … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone’s ‘Holiday Club’

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Blackburn Youth Zone’s ‘Holiday Club’   If you're looking to keep the children busy for the first week in the new year once christmas is over, then sign them up for Blackburn Youth Zone’s fun and affordable Holiday Club. Open daily from the Tuesday 2nd January till the Friday 5th January, Holiday Club is an action-packed programme of activities including climbing, gym, dance, art, … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone holds Christmas Family Fun Day

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Blackburn Youth Zone hosts a Free Christmas Family Fun Day on 25th November for the whole family, from 12pm - 4pm with FREE entry. Join Blackburn Youth Zone’s Christmas Family Fun day for FREE Saturday 25th November from 12pm until 4pm. Young people who attend Blackburn Youth Zone’s and have completed the National Citizen Service have developed a fun Christmas Family Fun day for the … [Read more...]

Christmas Jumper Day: By wearing a sweater you can make things better and support your local charity


Blackburn Youth Zone wants to bring the town together this Christmas to support local young people and their families.  Schools and Corporates get the chance to don their cheesiest Christmas Jumper on 20th December to raise money for Blackburn Youth Zone’s weekly ‘Eat Together’. ‘Eat Together' runs at the Youth Zone every Saturday from 4:30pm - 5:30pm and provides hot meals for local … [Read more...]

Join Our Club: Young People With Disabilities Need Services That Support Inclusion

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  I'm a 23-year-old young person who enjoys an active and event-packed lifestyle. I've auditioned for X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and The Voice and it's not unheard of to see me zip wiring through the air or abseiling. What may surprise you is that I need to use a wheelchair due to Cerebral Palsy. Born prematurely at 26 weeks and weighing a tiny 2lbs 8oz, the condition developed … [Read more...]

‘Parallel Communities, What’s the Problem?’


On Wednesday 20th September, Blackburn Youth Zone invited guests from across the community to attend a very special event, hosted by Rt Hon Jack Straw and Professor Ted Cantle. The event was a huge success which saw Professor Ted Cantle and the Rt Hon Jack Straw debate in depth about the importance of inclusion and cohesion within the Blackburn with Darwen community, and what if anything, we … [Read more...]

Blackburn College and Blackburn Youth Zone continue to collaborate to raise aspirations for young people


Blackburn College and Blackburn Youth Zone continue to collaborate to raise aspirations for young people Blackburn College and Blackburn Youth Zone will continue to work together to raise hope and aspiration for young people of the Borough. The partnership has seen many collaborative projects, engaging thousands of young people and providing educational and developmental opportunities … [Read more...]

Bennett and Graham visit Blackburn Youth Zone


Elliott Bennett and Danny Graham made an appearance at Blackburn Youth Zone, they were shown around the facility by the young people and then played on Blackburn Youth Zone, rooftop five on Blackburn Youth Zone Mini Ewood Park. Blackburn Youth Zone and Blackburn Rover Community Trust have created an amazing partnership in which both organisations work together for the young people of the … [Read more...]

Mayor & Mayoress’s of Lancashire visit to Blackburn Youth Zone


The Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen hosted a visit for their fellow mayors from across Lancashire. Mayor Colin Rigby, gave the group a tour of Blackburn Youth Zone. Blackburn Youth Zone has been supported by the Local Authority for 5 years, there investment allows Blackburn Youth Zone to open our doors 7 days per week for ages 5-19 for just 50p. Mubashar Khaliq, Youth and Community … [Read more...]

Eden School kindly donates to Blackburn Youth Zone to support young people of the borough


Eden School has donated gaming chairs to Blackburn Youth Zone to support Blackburn Youth Zone’s aim of engaging children and young people in the Borough in positive activities. The kind donation of the gaming chairs will support Blackburn Youth Zone and ‘GAME’ to provide a new and exciting gaming space for young people of the Borough, which is set to launch in September. Blackburn Youth Zone … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone’s Free Family Fun Day was a huge success!

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The community came together to celebrate the launch of the  ‘Joining Forces’ project which aims to support children of Service Families in our community. The FREE Family Fun Day was open to the community and included activities for all the family, climbing wall, free membership stall, military assault course, bouncy castle, Fire engine demonstration, Blackburn Rovers penalty shoot out, military … [Read more...]

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Blackburn Youth Zone continues to support Blackburn in Bloom


Blackburn Youth Zone continues to support Blackburn in Bloom As a Blackburn BID partner, Youth Zone have been looking to impress the nation by showing the judges the very best of the North West’s community horticulture. Blackburn Youth Zone have been working with their partners, Blackburn College to support Blackburn in Bloom. Young people and the community have came together to improve … [Read more...]