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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Plans accelerate for Bolton business park to become an environmental centre of excellence

    Plans accelerate for Bolton business park to become an environmental centre of excellence

    A retail park on the edge of Bolton town centre is set to be rejuvenated to help position Greater Manchester as a centre of green innovation. Greenworks is a Bolton at Home project delivered in partnership with Bolton charity Urban Outreach. It's the new name for a site transformation at Trinity Retail Park, based off the A666 (St Peter’s Way).

    28 Jul 2021 12:00
  22. Service update: what you can expect from us after 19 July

    Service update: what you can expect from us after 19 July

    The latest stage in England’s lockdown easing is due to go ahead from 19 July, so we want to update you on how we’ll deliver services after this date and what you can expect from us.

     

    15 Jul 2021 13:00
  23. Affordable homes planned at Rivington Chase, Horwich

    Affordable homes planned at Rivington Chase, Horwich

    Together with Irwell Valley Homes, we’re planning to build affordable new homes on the Rivington Chase development after planning was approved by Bolton Council as part of the regeneration of the former Loco Works in Horwich.

    07 Jul 2021 11:00
  24. Our commitment to supporting victims of domestic abuse has only grown stronger

    This week, we became an Accredited Member of DAHA (www.dahalliance.org.uk). Read on to see what this means for us going forward.

    01 Jul 2021 08:00
  25. Bolton community growing group Willow Hey wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

    Bolton community growing group wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

    A community group in Bolton that’s “helped and healed” hundreds of people across the town has been honoured The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

    Willow Hey Community Project, based in Farnworth, encourages the local community to come together to reduce social isolation through its food growing and woodworking sessions.

    02 Jun 2021 13:00
  26. The EU Settlement Scheme

    The EU Settlement Scheme

    If you’re an EU citizen, or know someone who is, you need to apply for EU Settled Status before the deadline 30 June 2021. Make sure you (and your children) don’t miss the deadline to prove your right to live, work and study in the UK.

    Click here for more information on the EU Settlement Scheme.

    05 May 2021 08:00
  27. We’re proud to support people into training & employment

    Today, 30 April 2021, is Employability Day 2021. A fitting time to launch our Employment and Enterprise Impact Report for April 2020 to March 2021!
     
    We’re proud to support people into training & employment. Helping people gain skills, experience and confidence needed to prepare for interviews, get back into work and progress careers is one of our core services as a Community Benefit Society (CBS).
    30 Apr 2021 08:00
  28. We need YOU to help influence the future of housing in Bolton and Greater Manchester

    Tenants, residents, and stakeholders- now it's your turn to influence the future of housing in Bolton and the wider Greater Manchester region.

    We're working with Salix Homes to encourage people like you to complete a short online survey.

    29 Apr 2021 08:00
  29. Service charges for tenants in our sheltered housing, extra care or independent living schemes

    From 5 April 2021, we introduced the new weekly service charge that we consulted you on first. This charge applies if you live in one of our sheltered housing, extra care or independent living schemes. Here is more information about this charge and support availble.

    19 Apr 2021 09:00
  30. This Easter, the bunny needs backup!

    This Easter, we teamed-up with our friends at Asda Bolton and Farnworth, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Seddon, and Maxmedia Communications Ltd to help the Easter bunny donate an egg-straordinary 500 eggs to Urban Outreach Bolton.

    01 Apr 2021 08:00
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