Blackburn Rovers Community Trust are delighted to be playing host to an exciting new course that helps Blackburn with Darwen residents to make a difference to where they live.
Community Ambassadors is a free 12 week accredited programme that’s open to anyone over the age of 16 who wants the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and become more involved in local life through working with others on projects that improve their neighbourhoods.
The Community Trust are teaming up with key local partners, including the Care Network and the borough's Families, Health & Wellbeing Consortium, to offer a rich and varied programme that includes understanding different cultures, confidence building activities, developing community networks and project management.
Everyone who takes part in the programme will have the chance to research their ancestry through DNA testing, and go on cultural visits within the borough. Sessions will primarily be based at Ewood Park with some visits taking place too.
A free open day to find out more about the Community Ambassador programme will take place in the Blackburn Rovers Business Centre on the first floor of the Darwen End at Ewood Park on Wednesday 31st July, with two drop-in opportunities available from midday to 2pm and 5pm to 7pm.
Ilyas Patel, community inclusion manager at Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, can't wait to get the project underway, explaining: "The Community Ambassador programme is new and exciting; we're very confident that it will help those who take part to make a very positive contribution to local society.
"We hope that the range of participants who get involved will represent the rich and varied mix of backgrounds that help to make up our local borough and we hope that the collective skills of everyone involved, coupled with their desire to make Blackburn with Darwen the best possible community it can be, will ensure that this project creates a fantastic legacy for the wider community.
"We're really looking forward to the open day and hope that we'll get chance to meet and inspire as many people as possible to get involved.
"We're delighted to be delivering this opportunity alongside some quality partners and know that together we can create something that will make a noticeable difference to local lives."
The Community Ambassador programme is being delivered on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and funded through the borough’s social integration programme.
Our Community, Our Future is a three year programme which brings together a wide range of local partners who are working together to strengthen relationships between people from different backgrounds, to help the borough become a place where diversity is valued and where people’s faith and cultures are understood and respected.
If you'd like more information about the open day or the launch of the programme itself this autumn, please call 01254 304597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.