Why Blackburn?

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.

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250 Attend Blackburn Youth Zone Digital Design Event

2nd October 2018 by OnSide Youth Zones

Over 250 young people aged 12-16 attended a Digital Design Open Day at Blackburn Youth Zone on Friday 28th September 2018. The first event of…

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Partnership working: Blackburn Youth Zone collaborate with Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

3rd August 2017 by OnSide Youth Zones

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust and Blackburn Youth Zone have entered a new partnership to provide a full programme of inclusive sports provision to thousands of…

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