Bolton at Home in good company at local business awards
We were proud to be a finalist for the community award, won by Bolton FM, at the Bolton and Bury Business Awards. The annual event was held last night (Thursday 28 September) at the Macron Stadium.
Being shortlisted recognised the impact of our work on local communities, including working with community groups and charitable partners.
We know that successful community regeneration requires more than developing and managing homes, it needs a commitment to help people become more socially and economically active.
Last year, our employment related programmes helped more than 400 people into paid work and over 540 into learning or training programmes. We provided more than £1m of direct financial support to the voluntary sector; spent £25million with local suppliers; supported 155 charities, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations; and supported 60 community groups or tenant and resident associations.
At any one time we provide housing and personal support to 600 people who are vulnerable and 60 victims of domestic abuse. All our staff are encouraged to make a difference in the neighbourhoods we serve by volunteering and donating to charitable causes, including Bolton Hospice. We also have a Community Investment Team that helps to provide specific community interest groups, such as food growing and theatre. The team also uses arts-based projects to develop people’s skills, health and confidence.
Jon Lord, our Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to be recognised for how we engage with, and invest in, communities. Though the current economic climate brings challenges, we do what we can to help people in Bolton prosper and enjoy more opportunities in life. We also thank our business and charity partners, and volunteers from the community, who help us achieve much more than we could on our own.”
Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted across eight categories and thanks to the award sponsors. Read more details on The Bolton News website, here.
Pictured collecting our certificate are Tracy Woods, our Chair, and Kelly Heselwood, member of the Melodramatics drama group, which is supported by Bolton at Home.