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. 

The Bolton Family

We are founder members of the award winning Bolton Family, a group of more than 40 Bolton organisations that work together to improve the town and strengthen communities.

The Bolton Family – made up of business, housing, regeneration and voluntary sector organisations – won a top award at the Responsible Business Awards in 2019.

The group won the Connected Places Award which recognises businesses working in partnership to address long-term social, economic and environmental needs.

The work of the Bolton Family is estimated to have directly benefitted more than 10,000 people in Bolton with another 30,000 people experiencing the knock-on benefits.

The Bolton Family is made up of local businesses including Warburtons, Seddon, Barkers, Boo Coaching and Keogh Solicitors; organisations like Bolton Council, Bolton at Home and Greater Manchester mental health services; and charities and social enterprises including Urban Outreach, Bolton CVS, the Woodland Trust, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Octagon Theatre.

The Bolton Family has launched its Social value challenge which sets out 20 ways organisations can deliver social value in Bolton.

Successful partnership initiatives delivered through the Bolton Family include:

Working Wardrobe – We support unemployed people with employment mentoring and suitable clothing for interviews and starting work. Bolton Family members such as Barkers, Life-Scape and AFG Law offer opportunities to people who are ready to work.

Planting trees - members of the Bolton Family have supported the Woodland Trust in planting 28,000 trees on the moorlands of Bolton. Check out our latest tree planting day video below.

(short video featuring members of the Bolton Family planting trees on the Moorlands of Bolton.)

Other Bolton Family initiatives include regular supporting to annual Bolton Lunches project, food bank collections, Christmas hamper collections, shop local campaigns, sponsored walk raising funds for the dementia ward at Royal Bolton hospital, the Hope for change campaign and the ‘bed every night’ scheme to help people in crisis to stay off the streets and have a warm, safe place to sleep.