A Advocacy programme, aiming to help young people learn valuable leadership skills, promoting active citizenship and enhancing youth empowerment has been awarded the Diana Princess of Wales Certificate of Excellence.

The Youth Advocacy programme is an annual programme; the programme aims to enhance young people’s learning and experiences.

The programme allows young people to examine a range of community issues and themes and look to contribute towards positives solutions to community issues.

The young people are given the chance to take part in national conferences as well trips and residentials. Some of the projects we have been involved in include community cohesion training, healthy living, supporting young carers, career building and much more.

The Youth Advocacy programme, organised and delivered by Youth Action, is aimed at people aged 16-25, the project aimed to engage young people in an informal setting.

Charlotte, a Youth Advocacy Group member, said “The project has been a huge success and has given us loads of skills. It has been the very positive for me and we have learnt so much and had great fun at the same time”.

Amar Abass, Chief Executive of Youth Action said “We strive to offer an excellent service to young people and we regularly receive feedback from young people and their families about the excellent work we do. Receiving the Diana Certificate of Excellence is fantastic news as it endorses that we are doing some outstanding work with young people.”

Youth Action is an independent community organisation working with young people aged 8 to 24 years old across Blackburn with Darwen and Lancashire. Youth Action was established in 2003, and now has over 5,000 youth members – and this list is growing all the time!

Youth Action provides a range of services to children and young people from youth clubs, volunteering, mentoring, and counselling to community fundraising, campaigning on youth rights and providing a range of support services to young parents too.

Membership is totally free, to join now or for further information about Youth Action please call 01254 695847 or visit their website at www.Youth-Action.net