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The Chorley Group hope to drive further Youth Zone support
Leading Lancashire motor dealers the Chorley Group have signed up to the tune of £75,000 over three years as the first Founder Patron for the soon-to-be-developed Chorley Youth Zone.
Andrew Turner, who was appointed Chairman of the Youth Zone earlier this year, along with newly appointed Youth Zone Chief Executive, Janine Blythe, have the task of recruiting the Founder Patrons needed to secure the revenue funding of £650k to run the project year on year.
Andrew’s company, the Chorley Group, are the first local business to commit to becoming a founder patron and it is hoped this gesture will inspire others to support the Chorley Youth Zone project.
Andrew Turner commented: “The moment I heard about Chorley Youth Zone and signed up as Chairman, I knew it was exactly the type of facility the young people in this region needed. As a company, we are proud to offer our support to ensure that we can help build a brighter future for young people. It will make a huge difference to have this safe and inspiring place where young people can discover their talents, build their confidence and self-esteem and aspire to lead healthier and happier lives. We hope our commitment ‘inspires’ other local businesses to follow suit.”
Chorley Youth Zone Chief Executive Janine Blythe commented: “We are hugely thankful to The Chorley Group for its support towards Chorley Youth Zone and we are proud they are the first Founder Patron, leading the way for other Founder Patrons to join us. Revenue support is crucial to the sustainability of the Youth Zone and this backing will help give the young people of Chorley a safe and inspiring place to spend their leisure time.”
The Youth Zone is fast becoming a reality with the recent news that a planning application to build Inspire Youth Zone, was approved by Chorley Council, whilst The Queen’s Trust have recently donated £500k to support the town’s young people.
The new Youth Zone is to be built in the centre of Chorley on Railway Street, where The Arts Partnership and Leigh Arms currently stand. It will be a place where young people can reach
their full potential, grow their dreams and achieve their goals. It will be a safe and supportive community for young people to belong and be themselves.
Expected to be completed at the end of 2017, the Youth Zone will offer a wide range of activities for young people aged between eight and 19, up to 25 for those with a disability, including; dance, sport, music, media, employability and mentoring programmes. Inspire will cost young people just 50p per visit.
Becoming a Founder Patron of Inspire Youth Zone is a chance for the local businesses and philanthropists to create a legacy for the future of Chorley. Their support and endorsement of the project will serve to encourage others to invest in the future of the town’s young
people. For more information about how to get involved please contact: Janine Blythe on 01204 362128 or email CE.InspireYZ@onsideyouthzones.org.
Chorley Youth Zone is an independent charity which will operate to the successful OnSide Youth Zones model. The Youth Zone will cost approximately £4.3million to build and £650k to run annually. The project is being run in partnership with Chorley Council, Lancashire County Council, The Arts Partnership and OnSide Youth Zones.
Visit www.inspireyouthzone.org for more information on the project.