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About us

YMCA Blackburn was established in 1896 and is part of the Global YMCA movement.

Our current work at YMCA Blackburn includes:

  • A dispersed housing project for young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, in the Pendle, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen & Ribble Valley areas – East Lanc’s Housing Support Project
  • Work with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties – Youth Support Project
  • A Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project – New Beginnings Project

Examples of our work

YMCA Blackburn resident tells of his personal experience of homelessness at 16

Watch BBC Breakfast interview with Max, a 19 year old from YMCA Blackburn, who discussed his personal experiences of homelessness at 16 and how the YMCA has helped him to start living independently.

A generous donation from the Construction and Development Alliance towards  our work

On Thursday 2 June 2016, the Construction and Development Alliance, donated £2,450.00 at their Awards evening, which was also attended by celebrity Dom Littlewood, towards the work of the Housing Project of YMCA Blackburn. Two of our residents spoke publicly of their own personal stories of how they came to be living in our Supported Housing Project.  

Julie Bolton from Mill House Cottages stated: “We found their stories incredibly moving and I still do not know where they found the strength from to deliver such difficult and personal accounts of their lives. They are a credit to you and the good work your organisation delivers”.

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