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Why we exist

Young Lancashire is an educational charity which exists to help young people, living in the county of Lancashire, to develop their personal and social skills through informal educational opportunities. We provide social action projects and volunteering opportunities for young people, in partnership with local youth groups; training and supporting volunteers and young leaders from the community, to empower young people, especially those who are most disadvantaged, to live fulfilling lives.

The organisation was formed in 1923, to support Girls Clubs and it has evolved over the last nine decades to meet the changing needs of young people and youth groups.

Young Lancashire’s roots go back to start of the 20th Century when the National Organisation of Girls’ Clubs (NOGC) was started in 1911 to develop the work of girls’ clubs.  Our organisation, the ‘Lancashire’ branch of the NOGC, was formed in 1923 by a group of enthusiastic women, who met to extend the work of the National Organisation in the Lancashire and Cheshire area, by offering help and advice to Girls’ Clubs and by arranging competitions and holidays. The work was carried out by voluntary staff until a full-time secretary was appointed in 1939, when the offices moved from Liverpool to Preston.

In the late 1960s the Association purchased and renovated “Old” Borwick Hall; in subsequent years the Bill Palfrey House, a self-catering unit, was developed from a barn in the grounds; and “New Borwick” was built by Lancashire County Council, also in the grounds.

To read more about our history and our involvement with Borwick Hall, visit: History