Blackburn Young Refugees
Programme manager: Cal McKenna
Blackburn Young Refugees Programme opened in 2006 as a volunteer scheme supported by the Department of Health and the Opportunity for Volunteering Fund. In 2009 we gained funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to fund two project workers to give wide-reaching support to refugee and asylum seeking children and young People and families in Blackburn.
We have recently been successful in securing funding from the Department of Health to provide mental and emotional support services to these groups. We have built a partnership called the Asylum and Refugee Community (ARC) Project – Together in Hope with Blackburn Cathedral and the Methodist Church in Blackburn.
We aim to progress the programme to meet the ever-increasing needs and numbers of the asylum seeking and refugee children in the Blackburn area.