Careers advice

New Directions

New Directions provides independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to young people in Blackburn and Darwen.

We support 16 to 19 year olds (and up to 25 for those with a learning or physical disability) to access education, employment or training through a drop-in service (no appointment necessary).

We help young people by:

  • providing information, advice and guidance on courses, qualifications and careers
  • helping find and apply for jobs and training
  • signposting to other partners and agencies for support around personal issues

Opening times

•    Monday 1pm to 4pm: Audley and Queens Parks Children’s Centre, Pringle Street, Blackburn, BB1 1SF
•    Tuesday 1pm to 4pm: Family Hub Little Harwood, Robinson Street, Blackburn, BB1 5PE
•    Wednesday 12pm to 3pm: Family Hub Livesey, Andrew Street, Blackburn, BB2 4NU
•    Wednesday 1pm to 4pm: Family Hub Shadsworth, Shadsworth Road, Blackburn, BB1 2HR
•    Thursday 10am to 12pm: Wensley Fold Children's Centre, Carnarvon Road, Blackburn, BB2 6NL
•    Thursday 12pm to 3pm: Higher Croft Children’s Centre, Fishmoor Drive, Blackburn, BB2 3UY
•    Thursday 1pm to 4pm: Darwen Town Hall, Croft Street, Darwen, BB3 1BQ


Email or call 01254 666424 to speak to one of our advisors

National Careers Service

National Careers Service provides independent and impartial careers information, advice and guidance to help those adults aged 19+ (18 if you are claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance) to make decisions on learning, training and work.

If you wish to improve your skills and qualifications or want general careers advice please make an appointment with one of our friendly, experienced and qualified advisers:

You can access this service if you live, study or travel to the borough or are already working in Blackburn or Darwen.


Telephone our help-line 01254 588891 or the centres below:

Our vision

We will provide a high quality, independent careers information, advice and guidance service, resulting in positive outcomes for all.

Aims and objectives

Blackburn with Darwen Adult Careers Service has high aspirations for all adults across the borough and will:

  • Provide advice and guidance that is up-to-date, accessible, high quality independent and impartial
  • Be open, honest and positive in our work with all partners, providers and adults.
  • Work closely with learning and training providers and other partner agencies to raise awareness of local opportunities for all.
  • Listen to your views to improve the service.