William Eichler 07 August 2023

Blackburn with Darwen Council secures £8m for youth facilities

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Blackburn with Darwen Council has successfully secured £8m of new funding to pay for four major projects to boost facilities for young people.

The funds were secured through the Government’s Youth Investment Fund (YIF) and will be invested in two youth centres, a youth hub, and a skills and employment hub.

Cllr Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: ‘This is a brilliant outcome for our youngsters in the borough and comes on the back of an incredible amount of hard work by the Council and our partners.

‘This funding will see our youth facilities transformed – supporting our mission to ensure every child and young person has opportunities to fulfil their potential.’

He added: ‘This paves the way for a new skills and education campus of national significance in Blackburn town centre – again benefitting our young people – and improvements to J5 of the M65 and transport links in that area to help support our £1bn vision for the future.’

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