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Prince's Trust to bring ground-breaking initiative to Burnley
ONE of Prince Charles’ charities has confirmed it will be making a major investment in Burnley’s former cotton heartland.
And the Prince’s Trust will also be bringing a ground-breaking initiative designed to help some of the town’s most disadvantaged youngsters to the Weaver’s Triangle.
As revealed by the Lancashire Telegraph last year, the trust will be taking up part of Sandygate Mill for its new base.
The announcement comes just shortly after the Prince of Wales again praised Burnley for securing the government’s ‘most enterprising town 2013’ award.
In his message, the Prince said: “Each time I have visited Burnley – in 2005, 2008, 2010 and then in 2012 with The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – I have been increasingly hopeful that the small contribution my charities are making, in partnership with the borough council, key stakeholders in business and education, and with local community entrepreneurs, will give Burnley the future it deserves.”
Part of the new regime will see the Fairbridge programme – for around 150 disadvantaged 13 to 25 year olds – introduced in Burnley.
The trust’s new base, on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, will also house the existing team programme, run in partnership with Lancashire Fire and Rescue, and its enterprise scheme.
Some activities from the trust’s ‘Get Into’ arm, which focuses more on providing short vocational courses in areas such as retail, customer service, construction, logistics, hospitality and cooking, for 16 to 25 year olds, will also be offered from the centre.
Jonathan Townsend, the trust’s northern director, said: “We’re very excited about moving to our new centre. Location of services is absolutely vital in delivering our programmes, particularly in an area with high levels of youth unemployment, as is the case in Burnley and its surrounding area.”
No opening date has been set for the trust centre’s launch but officials expect to be operational by next April or May.
Work will have been completed by then on the new Sandygate Square and footbridge, spanning the canal linking the university technical college with planned cafes, shops and a possible music arena on the town side of the waterway.
The move is part of the £100m On the Banks development.
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