Blackburn YMCA


GP Bed Spaces


Moved on into
independent living
"Our partnership with GP enables us to provide safe accommodation to young people."
Lorraine Prentice, Manager, Blackburn YMCA


Blackburn YMCA was established in 1896 and whilst our client group and services have changed over the years we have always prioritised helping society. We provide safe and secure accommodation for homeless young people in Colne, Nelson, Accrington, Haslingden, Bacup, Clitheroe and Blackburn. Blackburn YMCA also manages the New Beginnings Project (funded by Big Lottery) which uses a peer support model to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers settle and integrate into their new communities. We help young people who are seeking accommodation on release from young offenders institutes; young people working towards achieving Youth Achievement awards; and young people who have formed a youth forum that examines and considers local and national issues.

Achieved to date

We have accommodated and supported 244 young people over the 11 years the project has been running. Many have gone on into independent accommodation having found work, some have gone on to university, some now have young families of their own. The New Beginnings Project has helped hundreds of people from 26 different countries to integrate into UK life and it has reached around 2000 school children and adults through its awareness raising work.

Why we do this

Young People need somewhere safe to live and someone to support them to help them progress positively into adulthood. Not all young people are able to stay in a family home, but they need, but all young people need somewhere safe to live, and someone to support and guide them to help them progress positively into adulthood.  Refugees and Asylum Seekers have experienced unimaginable trauma and loss, they arrive in a strange country with alternative cultures, and they need help to settle and integrate positively into the community. The indigenous population needs help to understand why people arrive from other countries and the New Beginnings Project works with community groups and schools to encourage open conversations with the aim of reducing intolerance and racism.

Future Plans

Continue to provide services that are relevant to the communities we serve.

green pastures review

YMCA Blackburn has been serving communities in East Lancashire for 120 years; a long and fine pedigree to be proud of. Amongst the services currently provided by the YMCA is the East Lancashire Supported Housing Project, which provides shared housing and visiting support across the Borough’s of Pendle, Hyndburn, Blackburn with Darwen and Ribble Valley. Green Pastures are proud to work in partnership with the YMCA on this much needed service for homeless young people. Lorraine Prentice is employed as Housing Manager by the YMCA. She has a long history of working in social housing and is a real asset to the East Lancashire Supported Housing Project, using her knowledge and experience to good effect to ensure the smooth running of the “Project” and the partnership with Green Pastures. In regard to our much-valued partnership is very much the face of the YMCA and a great ambassador for them.


Lorraine Prentice


01254 51009


5 Wellington St, Blackburn, BB1 8AG




other beds


partnership est.

Jul 2007