Working with our partners to deliver social value
We recognise we can achieve more social value by working with partners.
We want to develop our partnerships with corporate partners and VCSE organisations (voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations) to maximise the social value we can deliver. We will continue to work with our existing partners and develop new partnerships to help us deliver more social value.
So far, we have worked with a wide range of corporate partners such as Asda, B&Q, Trowers & Hamlin, Warburtons, Forrest, Seddon, Keoghs and Bolton Wanderers Football Club to deliver social value.
We also work in partnership with a number of local VCSE organisations including Bolton Urban Outreach, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Bolton FM, Raise the Youth, Hoot, Fortalice, Endeavour, Bolton Sunday League, Octagon Theatre, Bolton Hospice and Bolton CVS. Bolton at Home and our staff support a number of charity campaigns and activities throughout the year via volunteering, fundraising, donations of goods, support in kind, payroll giving and financial contributions. Our approach to supporting VCSE organisations is set out in our framework document on supporting VCSE organisations.
You can view a copy of our Framework for supporting VCSE organisations here:
Examples of how we have worked successfully with our partners :
- We are working collaboratively and supporting HOOT, Bolton’s credit union, which is supporting customers from Bolton, Bury and surrounding areas. Hoot provide accessible saving and affordable loans to members, reducing the potential negative financial impacts on our customers and residents within the communities we work with;
- Bolton at Home were awarded the BITC Collaborative Action Accolade in 2015, for our partnership work with Asda, Barclays, Seddon, United Utilities and Warburtons. The award recognises responsible business activity within the local community. Our recent assessment by BITC in 2015 ranks Bolton at Home in the upper quartile of responsible businesses. Bolton at Home achieved a score of 90%, an increase of 5%, from the previous year;
- We are working in partnership with a range of local partners to create new job opportunities, including Bolton Council, Workshop; Jobcentre Plus and Bolton College;
- The Green Café partnership between Catering Academy and Bolton at Home is committed to supporting the local economy. We do this by using suppliers from Bolton and across the North West and by creating work and volunteering opportunities for local people. We provide training and employment for local people, and to offer volunteering opportunities for our customers, providing them with skills and experience that can help them secure paid work, potentially in catering and hospitality. We’re also committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Bolton at Home staff by promoting healthier eating and living.
- Bolton Wanderers Community Trust is committed to working at the heart of the community to narrow the disadvantage gap in health, education, inclusion and disability whilst providing quality experiences for participants through the use of sport, while acting as role models to inspire people and change lives. Bolton at Home has been working in partnership with BWCT since 2013 with an aim of the partnership to get hundreds of young people from across estates in Bolton through the Kicks initiative. In 2015/16 Kicks has given almost 1400 Bolton teenagers professional sports coaching, opportunities to gain qualifications and volunteering experiences.
This year we have developed a calendar of scheduled corporate charity events to help our corporate partners plan their activities and contributions during the year. The calendar highlights the charitable events and activities that we will be supporting during the year and describes how corporate partners can help, either by donations/fundraising, volunteering or donations of goods.