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BYZ secures £2.9m million in new Government funding

Exciting news! Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone, of which Granby is a patron, has successfully secured £2.9m million in new Government funding, which will be used to transform Blackburn’s first-ever electric power station, known as the Fusebox. The impressive project is one of four that will receive a cash injection through the Youth Investment Fund, with a total of £8m being announced for the schemes across the borough.

The Fusebox

The Fusebox, a heritage building dating back to the 1800s, will be developed into a new Employment Skills Hub, aimed at supporting young people in finding work and fulfilling their potential. The plans for the building include a new training academy, offering facilities for the delivery of recognized and vocational qualifications, as well as a Maker Zone, which will house dedicated science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) equipment with a bespoke accredited curriculum.

“At Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone we’re here to make a real difference to young people’s lives – helping them fulfil their aspirations. This new funding will allow us to transform the Fusebox – initially opened in 1818 as Blackburn’s first electricity power station – into a new, state-of-the-art Employment Skills Hub.” Hannah Allen, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone

Hannah Allen, Wayne Wild, Councillor Phil Riley, leader of the council and Councillor Julie Gunn celebrate new funding for The Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone.

Jobs for the Future

Additionally, there will be a sector-based Youth Club, providing bespoke equipment for young people to develop transferable skills in preparation for the “Jobs of the Future.” The project will also include an open events space for youngsters to showcase their talents, social spaces, a new fitness suite, and areas where the youngsters can receive one-to-one support.

Real Opportunities

Outside, a new hi-tech, multi-use games area will be created, which will be skate and BMX-friendly, aiming to divert youngsters away from the town centre. This exciting development will provide valuable resources and opportunities for young people in Blackburn and Darwen, helping them to thrive and succeed.

Granby and the Patrons

Here at Granby, we are extremely proud to be patrons of the BYZ as they deliver such a transformative initiative for our community. The Blackburn with Darwen Patron Network truly believes in civic responsibility by not only supporting the Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone financially but also volunteering time to help young people find employment opportunities. And patrons contribute to half of the running costs of the charity each year.

“The unwavering support of our patrons and our strong links with local businesses in the area has helped make it a success and I’d like to thank them for the part they continue to play and the difference they’re helping make every single day. I look forward to seeing that go from strength-to-strength.” Wayne Wild, Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone Trustee and Chair of the Darwen Town Deal

Congratulations from everyone at Granby to our partners Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone on achieving this funding.

Click here to find out more about Blackburn with Darwen Youth Zone.

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