YZ Plus

Our ambition is to take the Youth Zone Model one step further…

The Youth Zone Model incorporates the opportunity for the facilities to be used for targeted information, advice and guidance projects delivered by the Youth Zone and key partner organisations.

In Lancashire, the potential for partnership working and targeted service delivery has been recognised and responded to in an unprecedented way.

As a result, Preston Youth Zone will also include a ‘Plus’ feature within the facility. The new Youth Zone will offer a wide range of first class extended services in one location. It will build on the existing work of Urban Exchange, a multi-agency partnership that delivers a range of specialist services to local young people, which is actively supporting proposals to develop the Youth Zone Plus.

A range of local partners have also confirmed their active support for the proposal to create a multi-agency partnership and registered charity aimed at developing and extending services for vulnerable young people in the city.

Partner organisations that have offered their specialist support so far include:

Central Lancashire NHS Trust
Provision of sexual health services to young people under 25, offering high quality information, advice and support to meet their needs in relation to sexual reproductive and emotional health. This provision will also include contraceptive services, Chlamydia and other sexual health screening.

Inclusion of the ‘Moving On’ project, to offer a drop-in service providing information and support around housing and homelessness issues to young people aged 16-25 years.

LCC’s Leaving / After Care Service
A drop-in service will be offered to young people aged 16-21 (24yrs if in higher education) who have been ‘in care’ in Lancashire.

The Urban Exchange
A local charity that will offer two services within and from the Youth Zone; Talk a counselling service for young people under 35 and Axess a friendly drop-in services for anyone ages 11-25, as well as street based work and group / project work in targeted communities.

LCC’s Young People’s Service
An information centre providing confidential and impartial information and advice, on a wide range of issues affecting young people, including; guidance on jobs, skills, training and learning.