BLACKBURN charity Youth Action is helping local children with their remote learning by donating boxes of stationery and creative materials.

Dubbed ‘The Creative Box’, the initiative is the result of collaboration between Youth Action and local organisations including Westholme School, Crosshill School, Taheedul Boys School and the Cidari Trust.

Businesses HPA Solicitors, SDP Media and The Cardboard Box Company also lent their support.

More than 860 boxes have been distributed so far.

Amar Abbas, CEO of Youth Action, said: “We are very proud to lead this important initiative for local children in need, supporting local families during this current lockdown period.

“There is an adverse impact on local children from low-income families on their education, due to the lack of support and learning materials.

“Our Creative Boxes are full of new and quality stationery and arts materials to help families at this time of need”.

Peter Ashworth, chief executive of Cidari Multi Academy Trust, said: “As the Cidari Trust we are delighted that we have been able to work in collaboration with Youth Action and the community to provide art and craft materials to children and families in the local area.

“We intend to support, through this project, families with the materials to enjoy creative activities and art in this challenging time.”

Youth Action has been supporting children and families in need for more than 19 years in the Blackburn area.

If you would like to donate new stationary or funds to this initiative, email Youth Action on or visit the website at