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News: Lifeline For Young People In Pendle

Thursday, 16th June 2004
(PR 1409)

A lifeline for young people in Pendle will soon open its doors for business.

An information centre for young people will open in Nelson on Tuesday June 22.

The centre, in Scotland Road, will offer help and advice to young people aged 11-25 years old on all sorts of issues, including work and careers, education, health, relationships, sexuality and drug use.

If advice is not immediately available at the centre, the staff will be able to put the young people in touch with someone who can help.

Experts in legal advice, housing matters and a counsellor will be joining the team later in the year.

The new building will also be home to advisers from Connexions who are moving into the centre from their previous premises in Pendle Rise Shopping Centre.

The Connexions team will offer information, guidance and advice on a wide range of issues, from health and housing to earning, learning and life.

Other youth based projects will be sharing the site, including the Early Intervention Drugs Project, Positive Activities for Young People (PAYP), Pendle Youth Council, Movin Up and Youthworks.

The building will also be the new district headquarters for Pendle's Youth and Community Service which will free up an empty building in Colne to be used as a youth centre instead of having to build a brand new building.

The centre will open Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 5pm with an extension to 6.30pm on Wednesdays.

Young people are also welcome to phone and speak to an adviser on tel: 01282 442555.

Lancashire County Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, CC Clive Grunshaw, said:

"National research has revealed that young people often struggle to reach this kind of information which makes the launch of the centre even more important.

"Local information relating to Pendle points to relatively low levels of academic achievement, higher than average youth unemployment rates, high numbers of young people not engaged in employment, training or education, a significantly large low wage economy, hotspots of high rates of teenage pregnancy and an higher than average rate of arrest for possession of drugs.

"The new centre will be a much needed information point for young people in Pendle who may not have anyone else to turn to for help.

"The agencies involved have worked hard to make sure that the centre is welcoming for young people and are looking forward to making a difference."

Connexions team leader Lynn Bedford said:

"We are all very much looking forward to working in close partnership with each other and providing a top quality service for young people in the area."

Notes for editors:

The information centre has been created thanks to partnership work involving Lancashire County Council's Youth and Community Service, Connexions Lancashire and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust.

The project is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Communities Against Drugs, the County Council, Connexions, and the Primary Care Trust.

For media enquiries only please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521

jane.bullock@css.lancscc.gov.uk


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