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01254 688440

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Live broadcast from The Mall, Blackburn with Sally Naden from Radio Lancashire from 10am-12noon. ANY CARER WISHING TO TELL THEIR STORY LIVE ON RADIO or to discuss the many OBSTACLES that Carers face and wish to share their experiences then please contact Christine Robinson on 01254 688440 or email BBC Radio Lancashire





Living with autism isn’t easy, but finding out all about it should be. Some estimate that 1 in 100 people have autism. Others say it’s more like 1 in 88. Whatever the real figures, the good news is that there’s lots of support and advice out there to help you make sense of the world of autism. Charities, support groups, and specialist service providers, are all ready to share advice and experience whenever you need it. is dedicated to making those helpful and sometimes vital links, it covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place.



Your Support, Your Choice‘ have a centre which provides free information about what support is available to you. The service is provided by Care Network in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. The service is located at 9a Town Hall Street, Blackburn (opposite Blackburn Central Library).

The helpdesk team are available to support you between 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 10am – 2pm on alternate Saturdays

You can call in and see us (no appointment necessary), email us at: or call  (01254) 292620.  The service puts people in touch with organisations, projects, activities and initiatives available in the community and offers free information and guidance on:

  • Staying independent
  • Home safety and maintenance
  • Self directed support and peer support
  • Positive mental health and stress management
  • What’s on in your community
  • Health and social care guidance
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Support for people with a disability
  • Support for people with long term health conditions
  • Employment support and job clubs

Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, local Healthwatch BwD helps local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it’s improving them today, or helping to shape them for tomorrow, Healthwatch BwD is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services.

Healthwatch was created by the Health and Social Care Act, 2012.  They are part of a network of local Healthwatch which helps to ensure that the views and feedback from patients and carers are an integral part of the design and delivery of local services

Office Contact Details

Address: Suite 20, Blackburn Enterprise Centre, Furthergate, Blackburn, BB1 3HQ


Tel: 01254 504985                                                           Text: 07939071407


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BSF Short Courses Prospectus A5 UPDATE FEB 2015

The community learning programme continues for another year, with the aim of helping adults to learn new skills and develop their interests. Short courses in the community are available on a range of subjects, some being 2hr workshops and others lasting for a number of weeks. Their aim is to make sure you enjoy learning with you and help you achieve. Courses are designed for general interest (leisure learning), as well as to support you to move onto further learning or employment, as well as improve your health and wellbeing.


If English is not your first language, you can take a course to help you improve your English language skills. These courses are called ESOL (English for speakers of other languages). You will take a qualification in speaking & listening and also have the opportunity to take reading and writing exams. These qualifications offer the first steps in helping you build your knowledge and skills if you wish to apply to settle in the UK or become a British citizen.

Courses for groups with learning difficulties and disabilities

They offer fun and friendly courses for groups of people with learning difficulties, disabilities, or mental health needs. Topics include cookery, arts & crafts, and drama. The aim of these sessions is to help people become more confident, make friends, learn new skills, move on to paid or voluntary work, and learn to live independently.

For more information on all the activities and programmes available, please use the link provided above. 

re:fresh offers the people of Blackburn with Darwen the opportunity to access a huge range of leisure, health and well-being activities, health and dietary advice plus much more. re:fresh provides the launch pad for people to make changes so that they can live longer and live better in Blackburn with Darwen.

re:fresh has also supported and further developed the excellent work of the borough’s Healthy Communities Partnership and the Health Trainer programme through the engaging and enabling strand of the initiative.

These community projects work across the borough’s neighbourhood areas to help increase participation in physical activity and offer personal support and information to help individuals make sustainable healthier lifestyle changes.

The re:fresh office is based:

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Town Hall, King William Street
Blackburn, Lancashire
United Kingdom


The Wellbeing Centre: 01254 682037
Leisure Development Team: 01254 708080


What is it?

WorkWell BwD will help you improve engagement and the health of your workplace…no matter how big or small.  They understand business performance is your main focus and they will work around your needs to get the best solutions in place.

WorkWell BwD is an accredited provider of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter, a national scheme to recognise and develop health and wellbeing in the workplace.

As they are supported by Public Health England and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, much of their provision is free of charge to you!

Examples of services WorkWell BwD has to offer:

  • Mini or Full Health Checks
  • Health Promotion Days
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Management
  • Education and Awareness Workshops
  • Physical Activity Sessions
  • And much, much more…

Who is it for?

Businesses, no matter how big or small!


Interested in a healthier workforce?

Tel: 01254 682037

Twitter: @workwellbwd


Community Living Room is a creative initiative to expand the public uses of local libraries to encompass a wider cultural experience.

The Community Living Room is here to welcome people into their local libraries, a place where you can connect with others. Be active, dance, sing, create, take note and be curious, with resources at your fingertips. Learn together and be given the chance to share your skills, ideas, and time. Your place in your library.

It’s a project based in libraries (Blackburn and Darwen) which aims to reduce isolation amongst older people using the arts.  They have a really good range of activities and it’s well worth letting our carers know for their own well being as well as the cared-for. For example:


For more information, visit their website….

Please come along and join in on the activities to promote positive Dementia and Mental Health Awareness within Blackburn with Darwen.

List of all activities available in the link below.

Dementia and Mental Health Awareness Week

Accrington Women’s Courses – Click HERE

Blackburn Women’s Courses – Click HERE

Blackpool Women’s Courses – Click HERE

Burnley Women’s Courses – Click HERE

Preston  Womens’s Courses – Click HERE

BodyFit Poster (available at all centres) – Click HERE

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