The PROSPECTS Foundation is Hyndburn’s community owned environmental charity and we are something of a unique and wonderful organisation. We were established by local residents as a company limited by guarantee in 1998 (registered in England) - Registered Company Number 03686719 - and became a registered charity in 1999 - Registered Charity Number 1076541.

We are governed by an elected Management Committee and currently have 8 members of staff who run the following projects:

Alison Silver – Charity Manager

Gemma McMullan - Charity Assistant Manager and Windfall Fund

Robert Gabryszak - Local Nature Reserve Project Officer (Peel Park Pollinators project)

Helen Earnshaw - Community TreeACTION Officer

Brandon Cherry - Hyndburn Woodlands Officer

Sonja Bottomer - Outdoor Learning Officer


Our aim is to improve people’s quality of life through positive environmental action. By working with a diverse range of groups in Hyndburn we aim to inspire young people; improve health and wellbeing; support communities; improve the environment; and encourage sustainable living. We can help local communities by providing practical assistance to develop environmental projects; Windfall grants to support community initiatives; a range of volunteer opportunities; a wide range of accredited training courses; and a website with up to date information on events and projects.

All our projects have to fit under one of our six themes of sustainability which are Improving Biodiversity, Growing Local Food, Sustainable Transport, Waste Reduction, Energy Saving and Environmental Awareness.


We work with people with all abilities from all walks of life but particularly try to engage with the most marginalised in our society who often miss out on the chance to get involved. We also support a network of PROSPECTS Panels in the neighbouring townships as well as schools, community groups, voluntary organisations, mental health agencies and drug and alcohol dependency groups to help them deliver their own ideas for improving the environment and the lives of their members/service users.


We are based around the former mill town of Accrington in East Lancashire and our main office is above the PROSPECTS Environment Centre on Broadway in Accrington. We hold activities and events there as well as at sites across the Borough and at our Training Centre in Oakhill Park off Manchester Road in Accrington.

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