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BYZ World Cup Tournament 2018

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On the 19th July Blackburn Youth Zone hosted our very own World Cup tournament. Companies came together to take on the challenge and compete with each other to see who could be crowned this year’s champions. All funds raised will be used towards new sports equipment for the young people at Blackburn Youth Zone. A huge thank you to those that took part in the day: PM+M Accountants, Harrison … [Read more...]

Celebrations all round at Trevor Dawson Golf Day

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There were lots of winners at the Trevor Dawson Charity Golf Day. The sun came out the moment the claxon sounded and a full field of 21 corporate teams enjoyed the immaculate course conditions of Clitheroe Golf Club for the Trevor Dawson Charity Golf Day. Word has just come in that the charity golf day raised £6,500 for the magnificent Blackburn Youth Zone, which brings the total raised over … [Read more...]

New Age Sports MOT and Tai-Chi morning at Blackburn Youth Zone

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New Age Sports MOT and Tai-Chi morning at Blackburn Youth Zone The first of many MOT exercise performance tests at our over 50's New Age Sports club at Blackburn Youth Zone.  The 7 test MOT's were conducted in total by the re:fresh health and wellbeing team and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust who currently delivers all Blackburn Youth Zone sports. All who took part were between the ages … [Read more...]

Northcote raises vital funds for Blackburn Youth Zone mentoring programme

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Northcote raises vital funds Blackburn Youth Zone mentoring programme On, Thursday 14th June at Northcote, RT Hon Jack Straw, Chairman of Blackburn Youth Zone hosted ‘An Evening With Lisa Allen’ to raise vital funds for Blackburn Youth Zone mentoring programme. Guests from KPMG, Cardboard Box Company, Forbes, Napthens, Blackburn Rovers, 24 laundromat, Jones Melling and many more local … [Read more...]

Meet Raz Mohammed, our interim Chief Executive

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We are very pleased to announce that Raz Mohammed has joined Blackburn Youth Zone as our interim Chief Executive, taking over the reins from Hannah Allen officially on 1st June. Raz has extensive experience of successfully working in some of the most challenging, deprived and segregated wards and towns in England including Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Batley, Huddersfield and Oldham. His experience … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

“Life is for living, not existing” – Inspirational CEO Matt Davies at Blackburn Youth Zone Supporters Lunch

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On 11th May 2018 Blackburn Youth Zone invited guests from across the patron and school partnership network, to hear from one of the leading CEO of retail, Matt Davies at Blackburn Youth Zone quarterly Supporters Events. ‘Life's for living, not existing’ was the message former Tesco CEO Matt Davies left the impressed audience at Blackburn Youth Zone supporters lunch. Guests were welcomed to … [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

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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

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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

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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?’

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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

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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...]