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About our UCAN centres

The doors to our UCAN centres are currently shut but we're still around to support you. The poster below shows how they're continuing to help: 

A poster detailing the services on offer from our UCAN teams even whilst our centres are shut. They can help with accessing benefits, job searching and CVs, reducing electricity bills, health/wellbeing advice, and housing support.

Our helpful and friendly staff provide a little bit of everything in our UCAN centres, so no matter what you are looking for or what support you need, this is the right place for you!

We have centres across Bolton - click here to find your nearest UCAN centre.

In most centres you'll be able to find:

  • A friendly welcome
  • Help finding you a job
  • Free use of the internet and computers
  • Training courses
  • Access to social activities and community groups
  • Help with housing issues and benefits
  • Health and wellbeing support and advice
  • Help with money matters
  • Free use of the phone
  • And lots more- all for FREE.

Find your nearest UCAN centre

We have centres across Bolton.

Click here to find your nearest UCAN centre.

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UCAN customer - getting into university

Gail went through the traditional school route but did not do too well on her GCSE’s due to her being the sole carer to her father who was ill.

After school she had a child and started working part time at Co-op. During this time she volunteered as a community ambassador.

Gail attended Tonge Moor UCAN centre for help with her IT skills, but we quickly realised she was better than she thought with IT, she was just lacking confidence. We identified her real potential and discussed her career options. She would ideally like to work in social care, but she did not feel she could achieve this. 

We suggested a university course to gain a qualification in this sector which Gail was open to.

We researched current English and Mathematics course online in the area for her to attend to improve her ability and gain a qualification. Unfortunately the only course running was in Leigh but this was too far for Gail to attend due to work commitments and childcare. I managed to speak to a lady from Bolton University on Gail’s behalf and booked her onto an open day to find out more information. Gail attended the open day and was told she would need to achieve a level 2 in English and Mathematics by September to be able to attend the course in social care. 

She is currently going to complete an assessment at the college to determine what level she is at in May. If she is successful she will be able to start the social care course, if not she is going to complete a one year course in English and Mathematics and then re-apply to University.

Need help setting up an email address?

Click here for a guide on how to set up an email address (WikiHow).

We have free access to computers and the internet in our UCAN centres.

If you need help setting up an email address we can support you. Call us on 01204 328000 to find your nearest centre or click here to find your nearest UCAN centre.

Mindfulness with Karen Openshaw

Click here to watch Mindfulness sessions from Karen Openshaw.

Karen offers a much-loved 'Listening Ear' service to our staff and has produced these sessions exclusively for anyone visiting the Bolton at Home website/Facebook page.

In your words

"It never goes away, it is part of you and you are part of the Centre"

"I just wish there was something like this in every town, I think it's absolutely brilliant and if I did meet anyone who needed anything I would just direct them to the UCAN."

UCAN customer feedback