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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.

Good to know if you're a tenant or resident

  1. Social value fund boosted by supplier contributions

    Social value fund boosted

    A fund we set up to support projects in our local communities has been given a further boost after receiving contributions from two more of our supplier partners- Electrical supplies company CEF and property security company Secure Empty Property.

    18 Aug 2022 16:00
  2. Charity golf day does good for Bolton Wanderers in the Community

    On Friday 12 August, four of our staff took to the golf course (as a team representing Bolton at Home) to compete against others in aid of a local charity we're delighted to support. Read on for the full story.

    16 Aug 2022 08:00
  3. £650 cost of living payment is another reason to check if you qualify for Pension Credit

    £650 cost of living payment is another reason to check if you qualify for Pension Credit

    We urge you to check if you or your loved ones are eligible for Pension Credit in the face of significant food, petrol and energy price rises. And because it could entitle you to the government’s cost of living payment worth £650, if you claim before 18 August 2022.

    15 Aug 2022 09:00
  4. We’re proud to be a partner of the Bolton Food and Drink Festival again this year

    Read about why we're a proud partner of the Bolton Food and Drink festival (Friday 26 August to Monday 29 August), and meet a local charity and social enterprise we'll be supporting during the festival weekend.

    12 Aug 2022 08:00
  5. An important update on the Warm Home Discount

    Regardless of who your energy supplier is, make sure you’re aware of these updates regarding the £150 Warm Home Discount (and please let others know, too).

    Read on for the details.

    03 Aug 2022 08:00
  6. Updated list of where to collect free packed lunches from over summer

    Aimed at children and young people who’d normally receive free school meals during term time, Urban Outreach's 'Bolton Lunches' project runs every year to help make sure no child goes hungry during the summer holidays.

    Read on for a full list of sites where you'll be able to collect free packed lunches over summer.

    01 Aug 2022 08:00
  7. Don’t forget to claim your £150 Council Tax energy rebate

    Bolton Council have recently written to over 22,000 households in Bolton that still haven’t claimed their £150 Council Tax rebate.

    It's more than likely you're eligible for the payment. Read on for details on how to claim it if you haven't already.

    29 Jul 2022 12:00
  8. Noel Sharpe named new chief executive of Bolton at Home

    Noel Sharpe has been announced as the new chief executive officer for the Bolton at Home group and will officially take up the role on 1 January 2023.

    Noel Sharpe, who has been deputy group chief executive of Bolton at Home since 2018, takes over as CEO from Jon Lord who is stepping down after more than a decade leading the organisation.

    Read on for more on Noel's appointment as our CEO.

    26 Jul 2022 12:00
  9. Summer activities 2022

    fun day st chad's Find all summer activities here that we're involved in with various partners around Bolton.

    22 Jul 2022 08:00
  10. Help us celebrate 50 years of Pride

    bolton pride logo Bolton Pride 2022 is back, Friday 5 August - Sunday 7 August with a full weekend of free activities and entertainment planned.
     
    Come along and join us to celebrate 50 years of Pride in the UK.
    21 Jul 2022 08:00
  11. TEC Quality certification for Careline

    Careline is quality certified

    Are you considering a technology enabled care (TEC) service to help you or a loved one live more independently at home?

    Careline can be, or get, the emergency help you need should something happen to you. And you can be confident that we're TEC Quality certified following a recent audit.

    20 Jul 2022 11:00
  12. Cost of living help for households from the government

    Cost of living help for households

    If you’re on means-tested benefits, you could soon receive the first of two Cost of Living Payments due to you this year. Please read on for more details.

    14 Jul 2022 12:00
  13. Aaron branches out into a job he loves

    When we caught up, Aaron told us how he was “stuck in a rift” after leaving college. He’d just finished a course in Mechanics but struggled to find the right job.

    “I felt like I had no goals.”

    But things took a turn for the better when Aaron discovered a volunteering opportunity with our grounds maintenance contractor, Glendale. Read on for the full story.

    13 Jul 2022 08:00
  14. Make those career aspirations a reality. Speak with Bolton College at Withins UCAN Centre.

    UPDATE, Monday 18 July: sorry everyone, unfortunately we've had to postpone this event.
    It'll take place at a later date, which we'll confirm soon. 
    12 Jul 2022 08:00
  15. We’re on track to complete 178 new homes this summer

    We’re on track to complete 178 new homes this summer

    Our work to ease the shortage of quality affordable homes for people will result in 178 new homes ready by October.

    We've completed 62 new builds within the last month and another 116 properties are nearing completion. They’ll be home to individuals and families needing suitable places to live and in areas where they have local connections, including Breightmet, Farnworth, Kearsley, and Radcliffe.

    07 Jul 2022 11:00
  16. Tour de Bolton: introducing Motiview

    Just as the famed Tour de France cycling race kicked off last week, tenants at our Maxton House extra care site (Farnworth) became some of the first to test a newly-introduced technology that'll allow them to stay active while taking a ride down memory lane.

    Read on to learn more.

    05 Jul 2022 10:00
  17. Dealing with domestic abuse and support available

    Dealing with domestic abuse

    You can be confident in how we deal with domestic abuse and violence if you need help.

    04 Jul 2022 10:00
  18. Short films spotlight the stars of our communities

    Watch a wrap-up movie, and meet each of our ten award winners in a series of short films that spotlight the stars in our communities.

    From tackling climate change, supporting men's mental health, and keeping spaces clean- to upcycling and mending old clothes- there was so much to celebrate at our Stars of the Community awards last week.

    01 Jul 2022 08:00
  19. If you think you could benefit from our Tom’s energy advice- you probably could

    Our tenant Jean knew Tom Kirby (Energy Advisor) could help when she raised concerns over an unexpected £600+ bill she’d received.

    Read on for the full story of how Tom helped, and to see how he could help you (or someone you know), too.

    29 Jun 2022 08:00
  20. Stars of the community awards ceremony 2022

    Community heroes celebrated

    Our stars of the community have been announced at a special ceremony.

    Outstanding volunteers and community groups who support people in their local community, clean up their neighbourhood or encourage people to learn new skills and overcome loneliness, were among the winners and those highly commended. And as part of this year’s awards, 15 years after we first launched them, we also recognised volunteers who supported people during the lockdown and looked after their local communities.

    24 Jun 2022 08:00
  21. Longsight Lodge tenants are the bee’s knees

    Longsight Lodge tenants are the bee’s knees

    Our sheltered housing site in Harwood, Bolton, is a hive of community spirit thanks to our wonderful tenants. They’ve now added beekeeping to their community garden and food growing activities to support the environment, keep fit, produce honey and as a loving tribute to a tenant who sadly passed away last year.

    23 Jun 2022 12:00
  22. Preventing homelessness with Resonance and Let Us partners

    Preventing homelessness with Resonance and Let Us

    Three-bedroom terraced house in Bolton is the 1,000th home bought by a social impact fund and let to us as we support people facing housing crisis.

    23 Jun 2022 11:00
  23. Meet Max (from our contractor, Glendale)

    During the day, Max works for our grounds maintenance contractor, Glendale Services- but by night, he plays the guitar and provides vocals for Manchester-based ‘The Welly House Band’.

    Read on to hear Max's story of how his Kickstart role with Glendale “completely changed [his] life”.

    15 Jun 2022 08:00
  24. See yourself (or someone else) as open-minded, empathetic, a people person, and up for a challenge?

    Got a few hours a week to spare? Have a think about whether you- or someone you know- would be up for volunteering as a Mediator in our Resolve service.

    Read on for further details and how to get involved.

    15 Jun 2022 08:00
  25. Five years since the Grenfell Tower fire

    Five years since the Grenfell Tower fire

    We’re thinking of the 72 people who lost their lives following the tragic event at Grenfell Tower in 2017 and our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the fire in different ways.

    14 Jun 2022 09:00
  26. Our Extra Care, Sheltered, and Independent Living tenants have a blast at Platinum Jubilee parties

    We hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and Jubilee celebrations as much as our Extra Care, Sheltered and Independent Living tenants did.

    Read on for a taster of the parties that've been happening at sites across Bolton- featuring tenants/guests from Jubilee House in Bolton Town Centre, Campbell House in Farnworth, and Drummond St in Astley Bridge.

    08 Jun 2022 15:00
  27. Well done, Zoe

    The aftermath of a personal tragedy left Bolton mum Zoe Lomas at a crossroads. She'd been working as a carer for a family member, believing she would struggle to get a job in the 'real world' due to her prominent tattoos.
     
    But after falling pregnant and sadly losing the baby six months later, Zoe was in a dark place and wanted to make a change.
     
    Thanks to the Restart Scheme (which is delivered in Bolton by Ingeus), we'd been able to work with our partners at Ingeus to put Zoe on the right path to a rewarding new career. Read on to see how.
    08 Jun 2022 08:00
  28. Interested in repairs and maintenance job opportunities or other roles within our technical services?

    Interested in repairs and maintenance job opportunities or other roles within our technical services?

    Come and find out about our vacancies and the benefits we offer employees at an informal open evening style event on Thursday 16 June 2022 at The Green Café, 98 Waters Meeting Road, Bolton, BL1 8SW. Drop in between 4:30pm and 7:30pm

    06 Jun 2022 10:00
  29. Bolton NEWT receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

    Bolton NEWT receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

    Many congratulations to the volunteers of Bolton North East Wildlife Trail (NEWT). The Breightmet based group has just been honoured with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. It’s the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

    02 Jun 2022 09:00
  30. Our tenants celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and share their memories

    "I’ve got a photograph of me and my wife at Gaskell St. school from when the King was crowned in 1937. We were in the same class” said our tenant George, who’ll celebrate his 93rd birthday this Jubilee weekend.
     
    We’ve been chatting with some of our tenants about their memories from past Jubilees- and even the Coronation- as they made crowns, bunting, flags, and more in preparation for their Platinum Jubilee parties this week.
     
    There’s so much more our tenants had to say at: www.boltonathome.org.uk/bah-on-air. It's worth a listen.
    01 Jun 2022 08:00
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Latest TAP4 issue

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Our latest issue of TAP4 (issue 8) has landed and you can read it by clicking here.

In this issue:

  • Friendly faces in familiar places - Bolton Manbassadors
  • Tips from Tom to help with rising energy costs
  • Be aware of doorstep fraudsters
  • Your home repairs - we're getting back on track
  • Introducing Aptem
  • How we're improving our complaints system
  • Support for Bolton's street homeless - Hope for Change
  • A fresh start - giving support to people leaving hospital
  • Our staff talk you through Air Source Heat Pumps
  • "Money Advice has been an absolute lifelife"
  • Recognise your community heroes - Stars of the Community Awards 2022
  • Providing opportunities for young people

Your latest Quarter Turn issue

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Your latest Quarter Turn issue:

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Each quarter, we send our printed Quarter Turn magazine to 4,800 customers living in our sheltered and extra care schemes, those receiving Careline and living in our general let and over 70s in our general let.