Youth Zone at Home: OnSide's response to Covid-19
Located just yards away from the bus and railway station, Blackburn Youth Zone occupies a tight but prominent site. The centre has a fantastic urban design incorporating the exciting prospects of a floodlit, multi-use games area on the roof of the four-court sports hall.
It's Blackburn's most important development for years, an excellent example of public/ private-sector partnership
Blackburn Youth Zone Chairman, Mr Jack Straw
Statistics show that the borough of Blackburn and Darwen has the highest proportion of 0-19 year olds within England, at 31%. Seven thousand of these young people live within 1.5km of the town centre and this catchment area has the highest income deprivation levels affecting children in England and Wales.
However with high levels of young people residing within the boundaries of the town centre, there has been no non-commercial activity-based youth provision in the area.
As a result the Place Survey, undertaken In 2008, indicated that both young people and adult residents felt the available town centre facilities for young people was an issue for improvement.
Flexible activity areas, over three floors, have been designed to provide an extensive range of sporting, artistic, cultural, physical and recreational activities and opportunities in Blackburn Youth Zone.
Blackburn Youth Zone was featured on ITV's Tonight programme, highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on young people. Throughout the pandemic, young people's voices have been…
Over 100 women and girls from across Blackburn with Darwen came together at Blackburn Youth Zone to take part in the event celebrating women empowerment, entrepreneurship and heritage.
Whether you are interested in supporting your local Youth Zone or want to understand how your community project can work with us to create a better future for the young people of our area we’d recommend that you come and see us in person!
Fill our the form giving us a brief description of your reason for requesting a visit and we will be in touch to arrange a convenient time.
We look forward to welcoming you into the Onside network.
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