The Burnley Schools Linking Programme is led by Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre, from Lancashire County Council.  The Faith Centre’s engagement with schools was enhanced and extended by joining The Linking Network and by participation in the programme, in addition to their other work. Last year The Faith Centre worked with a pair of secondary schools to develop a leadership programme for students with three different workshop sessions for which there is a video and resources.

The programme launched in September 2017 and is growing steadily. In 2019/20 we are excited to be linking 45 classes, from 24 schools; engaging a fabulous 1,233 children from across Lancashire.

The Faith Centre has been working in partnership with Burnley Youth Theatre, Burnley Football Club in the Community (The Leisure Box), and Fylde Football Club as our ‘neutral visit’ hosts.


What do schools Say about our linking programme?

Children are so excited to see their new friends again. They talk about their new friends frequently.”

“Good opportunity to show diversity to the children.”

“It was a joy to see them so enthusiastic about meeting new people and wanting to keep in touch.”

“…one little girl who called people from other cultures ‘they’ or ‘them’ (but now she) fully embraced the experiences she has had …. She has opened her mind and this has extended to all aspects of her personality”



Sam Hoban Samantha.hoban@lancashiregov.uk

Afrasiab Anwar   afrasiab.anwar@lancashire.gov.uk

Roxana Sardais     Roxana.Sardais@lancashire.gov.uk

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For more information about what we do  All Together Now             

Click on the link below to read an article about our parents linking