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Friends of Blackburne House - Help us Transform Women's Lives

As we enter our 40th year we continue to strive to equip women with the skills, confidence and resilience to access further learning and higher education opportunities. By becoming a Friend of Blackburne House, you can help the education of women which in turn lifts families and our local communities.

We're excited to relaunch our Friends of Blackburne House initiative, a partnership with the National Youth & Community Development Association (NYCDA).

This partnership has seen us raise over £1000 to date and the two partners recently got together to celebrate this achievement and make plans for the future. CEO Andrea Rushton and Compliance Officer Tia Welch were on hand for the big cheque presentation.

Andrea Rushton, our CEO, said "By joining the Friends of Blackburne House, you're making a meaningful contribution to support women in our community. For just £2 a week, you can make a real difference in someone's life and help us continue our important work. Every person that joins gets us one step closer to creating a better, brighter future for those who need it most."

NYCDA is a not for profit organisation committed to helping its partners and affiliates raise as much funding as possible through its NYCDA Weekly Draw. Working this way gives them access to a whole range of resources, which ensures they can generate income streams towards supporting Blackburne House’s aims and objectives.

Monies raised from the Lottery will be used to help fund our work. For example, raising:

  • £2,250 would enable the delivery of an Inspire Programme for up to 15 women which would equip them with the skills and techniques to support their confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. As a result of this programme, we typically see significant improvements in confidence and self-esteem leading to healthier functioning familial relationships and more women re-entering education.

  • £4,900 would support 7 women in accessing 10 counselling sessions focusing on trauma. Whether that be due to domestic or sexual abuse, harmful practice etc. As a result of this intervention, we typically see an improved positive outlook with an increased likelihood to seek out improved life chances.

  • £10,000 would provide a contribution to support 12 Clinical Practice Placements in gaining their 100 hours client contact with supervision, enabling them to achieve their level 4 counselling qualification whilst supporting up to 40 women with free counselling sessions.

Join now and become a Friend of Blackburne House for £2 per week. You will be in supporting educational opportunities for women whilst simultaneously being in with a chance of winning thousands of cash prices up to £10,000!

New members can join via the secure online portal here.

Cash prizes will be sent out to you automatically. Once you join up you will receive an auto email to say thank you. A welcome pack containing your lucky numbers, as well as more info such as FAQs and details on the initiatives you are supporting will follow within 7-10 working days. This will be sent to you via email or post.

For any further enquiries, including how to join, updated results and details on where proceeds go, then please get in touch via email:

Blackburne House is a beneficiary partner of the NYCDA Weekly Draw (Gambling Commission account no. 5166) Reg. Office: 1-2 Frecheville Court, Bury, BL9 OUF. Resp. Person: Mr M Brocklehurst.

For more details about the NYCDA Weekly Draw, including full results, terms and conditions, legal info and info relating to social responsibility issues please visit

* Weekly cash prizes range from £10 to £1000 with a rollover extra pot that can reach a huge £10,000.

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