Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone

April 12, 2021

CHARITY OF THE MONTH

Inspire, Chorley Youth Zone

Inspire Youth Zone Provides Free Healthy Meals as part of Food For Families initiative across Chorley with a little help from EverythingCommunity.

Inspire Youth Zone is a community charity investing in thousands of young people who call Chorley home. Open when schools are closed, they provide an inspirational environment for more than 5,000 local young people and for some, a critical lifeline. During the pandemic, this lifeline has been extended to accommodate families with hot food and snacks as part of a Food For Families initiative that started in early January. See below to see how Inspire has been helping during these difficult times. 

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Inspire Youth Zone is a community charity investing in thousands of young people who call Chorley home. Open when schools are closed, they provide an inspirational environment for more than 5,000 local young people and for some, a critical lifeline. During the pandemic, this lifeline has been extended to accommodate families with hot food and snacks as part of a Food For Families initiative that started in early January.

Pre-Covid, The Youth Zone operated like a community centre would, a community centre that boasts some of the most up-to-date, engaging facilities such as a football pitch, a fully functioning gym and a rock-climbing wall just to name a few.  Since lockdown began The Zone had to adapt to meet the needs of the young people and found one of the biggest needs was food for families.

Since the start of January, the Food For Families initiative at Inspire Youth Zone has prepared and served a total of 5,232 hot meals and sandwich packs. This initiative would not be possible if it were not for the incredibly kind donations from our local business community and from organisations such as us, EverythingCommunity. Our donation has gone a long way in helping the hundreds of people that use the free meals service.

The provision of free meals follows a number of new initiatives Inspire Youth Zone has introduced during the pandemic including the distribution of over £6,000 worth of food vouchers to school children during December alone and providing over 1,200 bags of personalised shopping to shielding Chorley residents in the Summer.

At the heart of everything Inspire Youth is the hundreds of young people that access Inspire Youth Zone across the borough each week.

Check out the full range of activities set be on offer at Inspire from sports and arts to music, drama and employability workshop at https://www.inspireyouthzone.org/about-inspire/.

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