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Hope for Change will help people make a bigger difference to those in need

Hope for Change will help people make a bigger difference to those in need

We're supporting and highlighting a campaign to help people ensure their charitable giving makes a genuine difference to people in Bolton.

Hope for Change is an initiative that encourages people to donate to local charities that support vulnerable people, rather than giving money directly to people sleeping or begging on the street.

In Bolton, the campaign is organised by The Bolton Family – a partnership of more than 40 local organisations, businesses and charities working together to improve the town and strengthen communities.

The Bolton Family has organised two town centre Hope for Change events on Tuesday 7 (please see update below) and Friday 10 December to give people more information about the campaign and how they can donate to local charities that offer frontline support. It is hoped this approach will help more people to get off the streets for good.

People will have the opportunity to donate at the two Hope for Change events which will take place in Victoria Square South close to the front of the Town Hall between 11am and 3pm.

UPDATE: Please note that we've postponed Tuesday's event due to a Met Office weather warning. Friday's event is planned to go ahead. 

Dave Bagley, Chief Executive of Urban Outreach Bolton, said: “Hope for Change is an important initiative that enables some of our most vulnerable people to get the targeted support they need.

“People who give money or food directly to people on the streets have good intentions, but this doesn’t address the complicated range of issues they may be facing, such as addiction, mental health issues, or exposure to abuse and violence.

“It also prevents some of the street begging activity that’s linked to organised crime. By giving the money to local charities that support vulnerable people instead we can encourage them to get the right support to turn their lives around, rather than continuing to enable their life on the street.”

Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Hilary Fairclough, said: “Hope for Change is an important campaign that goes on throughout the year, but we know that many people see the Christmas period as a time to make charitable donations too.

“The council is supporting December’s Hope for Change events to ensure people get the right information about how they can help others through our local charities, both at Christmas and other times of the year.”

If you want to find out more about the campaign, and donate online, please go to

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Latest TAP4 issue

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Our latest issue of TAP4 (issue 8) has landed and you can read it by clicking here.

In this issue:

  • Friendly faces in familiar places - Bolton Manbassadors
  • Tips from Tom to help with rising energy costs
  • Be aware of doorstep fraudsters
  • Your home repairs - we're getting back on track
  • Introducing Aptem
  • How we're improving our complaints system
  • Support for Bolton's street homeless - Hope for Change
  • A fresh start - giving support to people leaving hospital
  • Our staff talk you through Air Source Heat Pumps
  • "Money Advice has been an absolute lifelife"
  • Recognise your community heroes - Stars of the Community Awards 2022
  • Providing opportunities for young people

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Your latest Quarter Turn issue:

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Each quarter, we send our printed Quarter Turn magazine to 4,800 customers living in our sheltered and extra care schemes, those receiving Careline and living in our general let and over 70s in our general let.