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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Blackburn Youth Zone features on ITV’s ‘Tonight’ programme

17th July 2020 by OnSide

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…

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Strong Sisters come together to celebrate women empowerment 

9th July 2019 by OnSide

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.

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