Ynot (Young person’s Neighbourhood Operational Team) launched in Hyndburn in August 2008. Our initial aim was to involve as many local agencies as we could to provide a multi-agency body which could facilitate and co-ordinate services and activities to help the young people of Hyndburn. Our first task was to consult with as many people as possible about their views on current provision and as to what we could do to improve access to services for young people in the borough.

In the current economic climate, with services having to make cuts and funding being limited, we decided that the best way to achieve sustainability for Ynot Aspire was to set up as a charity. We set up a Board of Trustees made up of local people and, in October 2010 we were awarded charity status. Ynot Aspire now has a partner membership of over 20 local agencies, voluntary organisations, schools and social enterprises who all work directly with young people in Hyndburn. In September 2011 we received 5 years of funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. This will help us do more and reach more people in Hyndburn so that we can really make a difference.

Our vision

To raise the aspirations of young people and inspire them to be all that they can be.

What do we do?


The Charity’s objects are: To advance in life and help young people through;

A) The provision of recreational and leisure time activities provided in the interest of social welfare, designed to improve their conditions of life;

B) Providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.

Ynot Aspire has stepped away from the traditional methods of working with young people and put them at the heart of everything we do. We aim to provide the best possible service to young people and provide them with unique opportunities that might not otherwise be possible.

How do we do it?

about-1We speak with young people and the wider community to find out what issues are affecting them and what is missing from their area. We then work together with them to try and address the issues and plug the gaps in service. Yes, it really is as simple as that!

Our Your Voice project gives us a direct line of consultation with young people, whilst encouraging them to have a say in how local services are provided for them and to get involved in their communities through social action.

We have a range of projects and activities on offer to help us engage with young people, raise their aspirations and enable them to make informed choices about what they want to do.  See our project pages for more information.


Ynot Aspire is also committed to recruiting local volunteers to help us to run our projects. We offer a comprehensive training package to all our volunteers and also offer help, advice and guidance if you’re looking to get back into the workplace. Please visit our Breakthrough page to send us your details and find out more about our volunteering opportunities.