Become an Official Partner


At Inspire Chorley Youth Zone, we help thousands of children and young people who call Chorley home.

Open when schools are closed, we provide an inspirational environment for our 5,000 young members and for some, a critical lifeline.

More than a ‘youth club’ Inspire Youth Zone provides an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy a nutritious hot meal and escape the pressures of normal life to focus on what makes them happy. 

Providing over 100 activities each week for all young people, regardless of ability or disability, we’re sharing skills, building confidence and creating positive experiences. Resulting in both happier, safer and healthier young people and a community the whole of Chorley can be proud of.

But we need your help to continue...

To keep our doors open 40 hours a week, 7 days a week it costs £1.2 million every year and with no statutory funding, we’re urging the business community to join us and stand up for Chorley’s next generation.


At Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone we understand a successful charity of the year partnership should inspire your workforce, support your values and be mutually beneficial. Our SEEING IS BELIEVING tours are designed to engage your colleagues and combined with our experienced account management, PR support and volunteering opportunities we’re here to help ensure our charitable partnerships are a huge success.


Get in touch! Have any questions or want to get involved? Contact our friendly fundraising team today! Email: Tel: 01257 228888

Aside from fundraising for us, businesses can help transform the lives of young people in many ways:

  • In-kind services: tradespeople can donate their services to help us maintain our fantastic centre
  • Donate equipment: save the planet and give your old tech to help young people who don’t have access to the tech they need for school and work
  • Work experience opportunities: prepare young people for the working world with volunteer placements


Our family of Patrons commit to an annual donation and lay the foundations to enable us to be there for young people all year round. They are an integral part of our ‘team’ and through their generous support have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people each year.


  • Donation of equipment (sports equipment, arts and craft material, outdoor or IT equipment)
  • PCs, laptops, phones, tablets
  • Free tickets to events
  • Vouchers for experiences


  • Mentoring and volunteering at Inspire Youth Zone
  • Work experience opportunities for our members, in businesses and the community
  • Inspirational talks for our members, patrons, supporters and local businesses
  • Dedicated sessions for young people at your venue 


  • Advise our team with issues we may face in your specialised area
  • Provide free or cost price services 
  • Make introductions to your supply chain and networks to help grow our supporter base
  • Actively promote our offer amongst your colleagues


Matt Hirst is the CEO of leading energy technology provider ESG with over 700 staff and operations in the USA, Canada and the UK. ESG’s UK headquarters are based in Chorley, Lancashire.


ESG empowers global leaders in energy to deliver on the future promise of energy through its SAAS solutions for Customer and Market Data Management and Smart Metering. Matt has a background in Sales and Marketing and led a MBO of UK company Utiligroup in 2014 before it was acquired by ESG in 2017 and has been with the business for 24 years. Matt won an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016 as well as being a judge in 2018 and in 2017 his team was awarded the UK Regional and National Mid Market Management Team of the Year awards by the BVCA. Matt holds a BSc (Hons) degree from The University of Salford and a MBA from Lancaster University.

Ryan powell

head of operations

Hi, I’m Ryan and I’m the Head of Operations at Inspire Youth Zone.