“I feel I have thrived during my placement at Youth Zone” University student Ben Evans urges more students to complete work placements

Ben Evans

Ben Evans, aged 20, who is studying Youth and Community at University of Cumbria recently completed a 3-month work placement at Blackburn Youth Zone and urges more students to get involved in work placements to further their understanding of the youth work sector. After a successful placement interview, Ben began his placement in March where he quickly got to grips with the Youth Zone’s offer … [Read more...]

May Bank Holiday FREE Family Fun Day – Monday 29th May

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Join Blackburn Youth Zone’s FREE Family Fun Day on Monday the 29th May from 12pm until 3pm. Not only will young people aged 8-18 (and up to 25 with disabilities) receive FREE membership, but those attending the Family Fun Day will be the first to see Youth Zone’s brand new programme set to launch in June. The FREE Family Fun Day will include activities for all the family including graffiti wall … [Read more...]

Making a Difference Through Mentoring

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Blackburn Youth Zone aims to reach and inspire all Children and Young people of BwD giving them somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. As an organisation we recognise that many young people across Blackburn with Darwen face barriers to attending our universal provision. Blackburn Youth Zone’s Mentoring Scheme relaunched in August 2016 with the aim of providing young people … [Read more...]

NCS Summer Programme Coming to BYZ


Blackburn Youth Zone is now recruiting young people to take part in NCS over Summer 2017. Meet amazing people, learn skills to boost your CV, live away from home, and create memories you'll never forget. The NCS programme is a great way to spend part of your summer. It runs for four weeks throughout Summer 2017 starting Monday 10th July 2017.   Phase 1: (residential) During Part 1 of … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone Shortlisted For Community Team of the Year 2017

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Blackburn Youth Zone has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Community Team of the Year 2017. The winner will be announced at the University of Central Lancashire’s Volunteering and Community Leadership Awards on 24th May 2017. This award recognises the outstanding significance of the contributions individual volunteers or community teams have made and aims to honour their … [Read more...]

Blackburn Youth Zone Named A Finalist For Community Cohesion Award

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Blackburn Youth Zone is proud to announce it has been selected as a finalist for the Community Cohesion Award at this year’s Fusion Awards. The Fusion Awards 2017 recognises the fantastic work of volunteers, charity workers and entrepreneurs throughout the North West by highlighting the work of young people and community groups who are making a difference. Winners will be announced at the … [Read more...]

Family Open Day at Blackburn Youth Zone


Don’t miss Blackburn Youth Zone’s Family Open Day running 10am till 2pm on Saturday 6th May 2017. The open day is set to include a range of activities suitable for the whole family. Entry to the Family Open Day is FREE. Plus, young people aged 8 - 18 can take advantage of one year’s FREE membership to the Youth Zone when signing up on the day. Come along and join in with lots of fun activities … [Read more...]

Young Filmmakers Champion ‘We Take Them & We Make Them’ Project


A project to engage budding young filmmakers with Blackburn’s heritage has won the support of the National Lottery. ‘We Take Them & We Make Them’, which has been awarded £8,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will see a group of budding young filmmakers from Blackburn Youth Zone work together on a filmmaking project with a twist. As part of The National Festival of Making, youngsters … [Read more...]

Health & Social Care Master Classes in partnership with Blackburn College


Blackburn Youth Zone has teamed up with Blackburn College to offer young people a range of Master Class Taster Sessions that will take place at Blackburn Youth Zone every month throughout 2017. The aim of the masterclass programme is to engage young people, aged 13-18 (up to 25 with additional needs) in a diverse range of course taster sessions, allowing them to experience first-hand course … [Read more...]

Message from a member: Respect Yourself!


"Blackburn Youth Zone’s theme for February was all about respect and since then I have been reflecting on what this means. Respect means using good manners, taking really good care of the environment around you, obeying rules at school, respecting each other’s opinions and most importantly, respecting yourself. I think a key aspect about respecting yourself is learning to say no. Put … [Read more...]