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Support for Chorley’s young people is ‘building’ as Progress Housing Group backs Inspire Youth Zone with Founder Patron support.

Progress Housing Group which is based in Leyland, Lancashire manages nearly 11,000 homes across the UK and has been delivering housing related services to communities for over 20 years. The housing group’s vision is to have a positive impact on people and communities by providing high quality homes, supporting independence and creating opportunities.  As part of this commitment, they are supporting this new initiative in Chorley which will have a positive impact on thousands of young people’s lives.

Opening in spring 2018, Chorley Youth Zone, named ‘Inspire’ by the town’s young people, is fast becoming a reality with the demolition of the Leigh Arms pub well underway and building work commencing following the Ground Breaking ceremony at the Railway Street site last month.

The Youth Zone is being backed by Chorley Council and Lancashire County Council, whilst The Queen’s Trust has recently donated £1m; Wigan Youth Zone’s Chairman Martin Ainscough MBE has also donated £1m of capital funding support to the town’s young people.

The new Youth Zone will be a place where young people can reach their full potential, grow their dreams and achieve their goals. 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.

Chorley Youth Zone is an independent charity which will operate to the successful OnSide Youth Zones model. The Youth Zone will cost approximately £4.8million to build and £650k to run annually.

In becoming a Founder Patron of Inspire Youth Zone Progress Housing Group are helping 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.

Jacqueline De-Rose, Chief Executive said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Chorley Youth Zone. We provide quality homes and services to ensure our tenants are able to maximise their life chances. Working with the Youth Zone provides real synergy and will undoubtedly enable young people from Chorley and surrounding areas to access services and build support networks. We are looking forward to working with the team at Chorley Youth Zone and excited to see how the partnership can progress.”

Chorley Youth Zone Chief Executive Janine Blythe commented: “I am hugely thankful to Progress Housing Group. Without the support of our growing family of Founder Patrons, Inspire Youth Zone cannot become a reality for Chorley’s young people. I hope Progress Housing Group’s support will ‘inspire’ even more businesses to back the project and help change lives.” 

The Chorley Group were the first Founder Patron to come on board and they were swiftly joined by Carrington Workwear and One Stop Hire Ltd as well as a number of other local businesses who prefer not to be named.

For more information about how to get involved please contact: Janine Blythe on 01204 362128 or email CE.InspireYZ@onsideyouthzones.org.

For more information on Progress Housing Group, please visit: https://www.progressgroup.org.uk/