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Bolton’s Festive Fund: Christmas cheer for volunteer heroes

Bolton’s Festive Fund: Christmas cheer for volunteer heroes

Dozens of charities across Bolton received a combined £14,000 to help them say a festive “thank you” to their volunteers and staff for all their hard work in 2021.

The money was distributed by Bolton’s Fund thanks to a generous donation from MBDA.

The grants were a small gesture of appreciation for the army of volunteers, group members and charity workers who have gone above and beyond in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, 75 charities and other voluntary groups received grants of up to £200 for everything from small gifts to virtual Christmas parties.

Community mental health service BAND has been helping residents cope with the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic and social isolation. The group received a £200 grant to fund activities designed to help both volunteers and service users feel connected over the difficult Christmas period.

The hardworking volunteers from Bag the Bug helped manufacture and distribute 20,000 PPE washbags to vital frontline workers. They used their grant to send a thank you message and Christmas card to the army of people who help thread, sew, cut and deliver the bags.

Bolton Station Community Partnership match funded the grant they received and donated 20 festive gift bags to families who use the foodbank operated by Bolton Nice.

Over Hulton community group bought 50 tubs of chocolates: Roses for gardeners and Quality Streets for litter pickers.

New Bury Vision group delivered vouchers to 10 hard-working local volunteers.

The VI Dream Team community group supports families with children with a visual impairment in Bolton, who have found it difficult to access sensory resources during the pandemic. They used their £200 grant to put together packs of sensory resources which can be used at home.

The Reach Family Project hosted a virtual Zoom bingo and used the grant for prizes. Many of the volunteers met for the first time.

Bolton Mandhata Youth treated their young members to gingerbread house kits and selection boxes.

Organisations were also invited to join Local Charities Day 2020, a virtual event celebrating all the remarkable things Bolton’s VCSE sector has achieved in this most challenging of years.

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Nadim Muslim, said: “Local Charities Day and the Festive Fund grants were a small gesture of appreciation for the invaluable work our many charities and volunteer groups have done this year.

“I want to once again say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to everyone involved. I'm sure the new year will bring fresh challenges but I’m confident that Bolton’s unrivalled volunteer sector will once again rise to the occasion.”

Bolton’s Fund is a voluntary sector grants programme delivered by Bolton Council, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton at Home and Bolton CVS.

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This quarter, we thought you’d find our 2020/21 Annual Report more useful than a standalone issue of TAP4.

Why? Because it includes more detail on many of the topics we’d otherwise include in the latest TAP4 issue.

  • a breakdown of how we spent EVERY PENNY from each pound of rent you'd paid us, 

  • how building NEW BUILD HOMES benefits you, regardless of whether you live in one, 

  • and the exact number of COMPLAINTS we’ve received, as well as some examples of how we’ve learnt from them (such as missed appointments, fly tipping, and our Antisocial Behaviour Policy). 

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Past TAP4 issues (newest first):

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Click here to read TAP4 Issue 4

Click here to read TAP4 Issue 3

Click here to read TAP4 Issue 2

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