Details have been revealed of how a £141,000 government grant will be spent to improve a Blackburn family hub.

Wensley Fold Children’s Centre has been awarded a Youth Investment Fund refurbishment grant of £141,000 to renovate its facilities.

As a result, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Young Peoples Services (YPS) team will be able to support another 250 young people per week when the project is complete.

The grant was one of 140 nationwide announced earlier this month, with Brierfield-based Bodies in Motion (Pendle) Ltd is getting £1.4 million for two projects and Chorley's Healey Scout Group £55,000.

The Wensley Fold grant consists of a capital grant of £129,600 and a revenue grant of £12,400 for the coming year.

The cash will provide new youth spaces on the ground and second floors of the centre.

This will include open access youth rooms, game cave, music studios and the grant will also provide outside areas to learn bushcraft-type skills.

The new centre will offer clubs and more targeted services that help support the most vulnerable young people, whilst also supporting the councils 'Start for Life' offer bringing services for families together in one neighbourhood and building.

The funding comes after more than £8m was secured through the YIF for four projects - Audley & Queen’s Park Children’s Centre, Darwen Youth Centre, Blackburn and Darwen Youth Zone, Shadsworth Hub - across Blackburn with Darwen last year.

Clrr Julie Gunn, Blackburn with Darwen Council's children’s services and education boss, said: "The council, its partners and our young people have worked tirelessly to ensure we achieved our aims around YIF funding.

"Alongside our other YIF funded projects in Darwen and Audley and Queens Park – the renovation at Wensley Fold offers brand new and improved opportunities for our local young peope and further supports our Start for Life commitment to bring services for families together in neighbourhoods and buildings.

"It’s another exciting development for our local young people."

Work is set to start on the site this month and the renovated service is expected to open its doors to young people by May

Deputy youth MP for Blackburn with Darwen, Zainab Shah, said: "Wensley Fold is an area where there isn’t a local youth centre and as someone who goes to school near Wensley Fold I know it will be very much appreciated."