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News from Bolton at Home

Here you'll find our most recent news articles, from important tenant updates and new housing developments, to new community initiatives and activities.

All the latest for our tenants and residents

  1. Tenants and local residents: our 2020/21 Annual Report's written for you.

    We’ve got something for you if you’re a Bolton at Home tenant- or you’ve used another service of ours: it's our 2020/21 Annual Report.

    While other companies’ reports might not seem all that interesting or relevant- we’ve written ours for YOU, and we'll tell you about lots of helpful, important, and interesting stuff- such as how we spent your rent, new build homes, and how we've learnt from complaints.

    30 Nov 2021 08:00
  2. New build development summary at November 2021

    Providing new homes and changing lives

    Here's a summary updating you on our new build development activities and their purpose.

    29 Nov 2021 11:00
  3. Chorley Place boosts affordable homes in Bolton town centre

    Chorley Place boosts affordable homes in Bolton

    The first tenants have moved into our development of 118 new homes at Chorley Street in Bolton’s town centre in partnership with Irwell Valley Homes. Chorley Place is the transformation of a disused car park into an attractive new neighbourhood, through contractor Watson Homes and with funding support from Homes England.

    24 Nov 2021 15:00
  4. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 2021

    A future beyond abuse

    We’re joining our Bolton Family partners and thousands of organisations across the world to take part in the United Nations led 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, to give more people a better life.

    23 Nov 2021 15:00
  5. Real Living Wage announcement 2021

    Real Living Wage

    At Bolton at Home, we’re committed to making sure that work pays fairly for everybody. One of the ways we do this, and support the local economy, is by paying at least the real Living Wage and encouraging other employers to do the same.

    16 Nov 2021 14:00
  6. Trapped and controlled by my spouse - Safeguarding Adults Week 2021

    A women’s story of control and fear of her husband have been laid bare as partners around Bolton launch a campaign to encourage people to report abuse. 

    We’re sharing this story with Brenda’s consent as part of Safeguarding Adults Week (15 to 21 November) and in the run up to Christmas periods when domestic abuse cases usually increase.

    15 Nov 2021 09:00
  7. Worried about energy price rises? Our Tom’s here to help.

    Chances are you’ve heard about rising energy bills from October 2021- and the £20 decrease in Universal Credit could complicate things more for some families. 

    We’d previously shared an article on what to do if you’re worried about energy price rises- where we'd mentioned Tom Kirby. He's the Home Energy Advisor for Starts with you (our social enterprise subsidiary) and has created a series of videos to help you lower your energy bills over winter. Read on if you'd like to hear Tom's money-saving tips.

    08 Nov 2021 08:00
  8. Exhibition for Black History Month in October 2021

    Ground breakers featured in local exhibition of black history

    Click through for a short film and information about a local exhibition for Black History Month if you missed it in person at the Market Place Shopping Centre in Bolton during October. 

    05 Nov 2021 16:00
  9. IT equipment gets new lease of life supporting local communities

    IT equipment gets new lease of life supporting local communities

    Our social enterprise Starts with you has partnered with a local organisation to recycle its old IT equipment and help local people get online.

    20 Oct 2021 11:00
  10. Local kids (and their parents/guardians) star in a new feature film: Family Fun Food

    In our short film, you'll get a flavour of some of the 'Family Fun Food' activities that took place in Tonge Moor, Breightmet, Westhoughton, Daubhill, and Johnson Fold- all whilst kids and adults enjoyed free packed lunches (regardless of whether they were entitled to free school meals)

    18 Oct 2021 08:00
  11. Net Zero Week 2021

    Net Zero Week: how we’re working to make Bolton and other places greener

    The importance of achieving net zero, our work and plans to make Bolton and other places greener, and the support we can offer if you're worried about rising energy prices.

    15 Oct 2021 15:00
  12. Challenge Poverty Week 2021

    Challenge Poverty Week: Read about our anti-poverty pledge and how we help

    Challenge Poverty Week (11-17 October) is a national week of action designed to highlight the issue of poverty in England and Wales. We're highlighting what we’re doing with our partners and communities to alleviate poverty in Bolton and across Greater Manchester, and the different ways to get in touch with us if you need some support.

    13 Oct 2021 14:00
  13. How we've stopped people from falling into homelessness during the pandemic

    In this short film, Craig Hardman (our Head of Homefinder Services), Steve Lyons (our Housing Support Manager), and some of the partners we've worked alongside will tell you how we made sure those in crisis or at risk of homelessness had a home that was safe, warm, and comfortable as the pandemic shifted the circumstances for many. Read on if you'd like to give it a watch.

     

    11 Oct 2021 13:00
  14. Information for National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

    Hate Crime- know what it is and how to report it

    We stand together with others this National Hate Crime Awareness Week (9 to 16 October) to encourage victims to report incidents in confidence and to remind offenders that we won’t accept this behaviour. More information on hate crime and how to report it here.

    11 Oct 2021 10:00
  15. Please remember that you're never on your own

    It's World Mental Health Day this Sunday, 10 October. If you’re struggling with your mental wellbeing, please remember that you're never on your own.

    To make it easier for those that might need them, we've gathered together some of the professional support services and information hubs available in and around Bolton. Read on for the details.

    08 Oct 2021 12:00
  16. National Customer Service Week 2021

    National Customer Service Week

    We round off this National Customer Service Week (4 to 8 October) by saying thanks, outlining how to contact us if you need or to give us feedback, and highlighting customer service training coming soon if you’re interested.

    08 Oct 2021 11:00
  17. 1 October is the International Day of Older Persons 2021

    1 October is the International Day of Older Persons

    Today (1 October) is the 31st International Day of Older Persons. It's led by the United Nations and is a day for awareness of wellbeing, contributions to society, safety and reconnecting. Here's a quick update on activities, getting involved, being 'eyes wide open' to signs of abuse and a reminder of how to get in touch with us if you need. 

    01 Oct 2021 13:00
  18. Photo exhibition celebrates local people, spotlights their experiences during the pandemic, and spreads hope

    During August 2021, our Community Investment staff teamed-up with 19-year-old Milly Stanworth- a local photographer who’d been recommended to us by a member of the Sabden Growers group- to create a photo exhibition that’d spotlight residents' experiences during the pandemic.
     
    Read on to see the photo exhibition and hear the stories of those featured.
    27 Sep 2021 08:00
  19. Recognition for stopping people falling into homelessness during the pandemic

    Recognition for stopping people falling into homelessness during the pandemic

    We've been shortlisted for the UK Housing Awards (25 November) in the Homelessness Partnership of the Year category. It’s for emergency housing efforts led by our Homefinder Services, which allocates housing and provides tenancy advice.

    24 Sep 2021 15:00
  20. Energy price rises and Universal Credit changes - What to do if you’re worried about your finances

    Energy price rises and Universal Credit changes - What to do if you’re worried about your finances

    Many households are facing a financial squeeze this autumn. Energy prices are increasing and the £20 uplift to Universal Credit, introduced by the government during the pandemic, ends on 6 October. We're here to support you if you're worried about keeping on top of finances and paying bills. 

    23 Sep 2021 11:00
  21. Gas Safety Week 2021

    Gas Safety Week 2021

    This week (from 13 to 19 September) is Gas Safety Week. Gas safety is important all year round of course. Gas Safety Week is led by Gas Safe Register, which is the official gas registration body for the UK. It provides a gentle reminder, if needed, of what steps we should all be taking to protect ourselves and keep our loved ones safe.

    13 Sep 2021 08:00
  22. Uniting with everyone in Greater Manchester to inspire hope

    Today, Friday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day and the start of Greater Manchester's Month of Hope, which runs until World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

    Now in its third year, the month is about raising awareness of suicide by encouraging everyone to have open conversations about and play a role in preventing suicide, while inspiring hope across the Greater Manchester region.

    10 Sep 2021 08:00
  23. Eunice Rowley awarded Tenant Lifetime Contribution accolade

    Eunice awarded Tenant Lifetime Contribution accolade

    We’re delighted to say that Eunice Rowley has won the Tenant Lifetime Contribution Award at the annual Housing Heroes Awards.

    08 Sep 2021 16:00
  24. More in-person activities taking place and support available if you need it from 13 September

    More in-person activities taking place and support available if you need it from 13 September

    Following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in July, we’ve gradually been reopening more of our non-emergency services. We’re now pleased to confirm further positive changes taking place from Monday 13 September 2021.

     

    08 Sep 2021 09:00
  25. Starts at Home Day 2021

    We’re highlighting the difference that supported housing makes to people as part of today’s Starts at Home Day (3 September).

    The Starts at Home campaign, now in its fifth year and led by the National Housing Federation (www.housing.org.uk), recognises how supported housing helps hundreds of thousands of people each year to regain their independence and confidence.

    Read on for some local examples of how vital supported housing services can be.

    03 Sep 2021 09:00
  26. Victoria Square. 8 to 9 September. Come say hello!

    There's just ONE WEEK to go until our Employment and Enterprise Team arrives at Bolton's Learning and Employment Fair on Victoria Square, Bolton. It'll run from 8 to 9 September, 10am to 4pm.

    Bursting with expert employment and learning advice from names like Bolton College, the University of Bolton, Connexions, the National Careers Service, and us- why not make it a pit stop on your next visit into the town centre?

    01 Sep 2021 08:00
  27. Bolton Food and Drink Festival 2021

    Bolton Food and Drink Festival

    Just one more sleep until Bolton Food and Drink Festival (Friday 27 to Monday 30 August). Roll on a bank holiday weekend of food, drink, fun, entertainment and live music.

    You can read here why we're a proud event partner and how we’re supporting both the festival and a young persons supported housing scheme.   

    26 Aug 2021 09:00
  28. Congratulations to Willow Hey members for their Queen's Award

    Congratulations to Willow Hey members

    You may remember that in June we shared news that volunteers from the Willow Hey Community Project would be honoured with the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

    They’ve now received their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service award from Karan Lee, Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.

    23 Aug 2021 14:00
  29. Working together to tackle homelessness

    Working together to tackle homelessness

    David (name changed) had been a rough sleeper for years when he reached out for support to help turn his life around. Dependant on drugs, the countless nights spent sofa surfing or sleeping on the streets had taken their toll on David’s health and wellbeing.

    David was put in touch with a keyworker from Greater Manchester Housing First (GMHF). Read what happened next here, with insight from Gemma Parlby- our Group Director of Housing and Customer Services.

    20 Aug 2021 12:00
  30. A tribute to Bolton Council Leader David Greenhalgh

    Reaction from Jon Lord, our Group Chief Executive Officer, following the sad news that Councillor Greenhalgh has passed away, and our deepest condolences to Councillor Greenhalgh's family and friends.

    29 Jul 2021 18:00
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Tap4 issues

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  • a breakdown of how we spent EVERY PENNY from each pound of rent you'd paid us, 

  • how building NEW BUILD HOMES benefits you, regardless of whether you live in one, 

  • and the exact number of COMPLAINTS we’ve received, as well as some examples of how we’ve learnt from them (such as missed appointments, fly tipping, and our Antisocial Behaviour Policy). 

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