For more than 15 years, The Prince’s Trust has been supporting Pennine Lancashire’s most disadvantaged young people. This month sees the opening of a brand new Prince’s Trust centre at Sandygate Mill in Burnley.

The new Prince's Trust Centre building will allow The Trust to focus its activity in the area and provide a better quality of support for disadvantaged young people across Pennine Lancashire, delivering a variety of programmes designed to help them into jobs.

Jonathan Townsend, regional director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England, said:

"The numbers of young people in Lancashire who are long-term unemployed remains stubbornly high at 1,155. It is these young people – who are furthest from the labour market – who need our support the most. 

The new centre will allow us to provide a hub in the area for young people to help them overcome barriers to employment and gain the confidence and skills they need to find work. 

The Prince’s Trust will open the new centre to the public at a community open day on 11th September.

Jonathan continues:

This is the first time we have been able to deliver all of our programmes to the area in such a fantastic facility for our young people. It should be a great day and we look forward to showing visitors just how fantastic the new centre is.

The centre will be open on the 11th September from 3pm–5pm, where visitors will have an opportunity to meet the staff and also young people who are currently being supported by the Trust to see what could be on offer for them or any young person.

The day will also provide an opportunity to explore the exciting activities available and the various programmes that are organised through The Prince’s Trust. 

The Trust will run a variety of programmes at the centre, helping 13-30-year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to turn their lives around and move into work, education or training. The Trust is aiming to support 600 young people at the new centre this year.

One young person who has been supported by The Trust is Rebecca Brown, 25, from Burnley. She who struggled to find work after failing to get the qualifications she needed for her dream career.

Rebecca went from being unemployed to owning her own successful business, Pacey Pooches, with support from our Enterprise programme. Pacey Pooches provides a range of services to pet owners including dog walking and pet sitting for a variety of animals.

A talented footballer, Rebecca then suffered a serious injury to her pelvis just as she was setting up. Undeterred, she continued working on the business to keep it afloat and pay for private treatment to speed up her recovery.

Rebecca said:

I am delighted that The Prince’s Trust has enabled me to run a successful business based around my passion for animals. When I injured my pelvis I thought it was all over before it had even begun but with help from my Prince’s Trust mentor and determination it all worked out and now all of the hard work is beginning to pay off.

"I’m hoping to expand again soon and buy another van and employ some more staff. Things couldn’t be further from how they were a few years ago. It’s great that they will now have such a fantastic centre to deliver their programmes from to the young people of Pennine Lancashire."

The Trust supported more than 6,544 young people in the North West last year. The Trust supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Three in four young people helped by The Trust move into work, training or education.