Monthly Archives: August 2011

Queens Avenue opening fit for royalty

This Saturday (August 20) saw the celebratory opening of the redeveloped communal garden at Queens Avenue, Little Lever. More than 50 members of the community came along to the launch.

We’ve worked with the community to overhaul the space after residents secured a combined £20,000 worth of funding from the Awards for All Lottery grants scheme, Bolton CVS and Bolton at Home.

Proceedings kick started with a ribbon cutting, before the grand unveiling of the garden, complete with raised flower beds, archways and a courtyard.

The event included food, music, bouncy castle, raffle and tombola with all of the proceeds raised at the event being put towards replenishing the garden flowers.

Saturday’s event was a real celebration of all the hard work that has gone into creating this beautiful communal garden. From the initial generation of funding, through to the planting and potting, the whole community has pulled together to create a space which can be enjoyed by all.

Community digs deep for Bolton at Home wildlife sanctuary

A group of green fingered youngsters have helped add the finishing touches to a wildlife sanctuary in Deane. The nine youngsters, aged 15 to 24, completed the project as part of a National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme and worked with Bolton at Home to transform theMalton Avenueland in Deane, a formerly derelict spot.

Newly named ‘Daisy Dell’, has undergone significant improvements over recent months having been reclaimed by the local community, and after receiving Lottery funding to carry out renovation works including the addition of a bird hiding place.

The team from Bolton Lads and Girls Club has done an excellent job at Daisy Dell.  They worked very hard and the end result is beautiful.

The group worked alongside Oliver Wotherspoon of Cool Canvas, a Bolton business that helps organisations and community groups to deliver creative arts, outdoor learning and play experiences.

Not one person complained about the weather and they’ve created a really positive landmark for local residents and wildlife to enjoy all year round. Come along to see for yourselves!

Bolton at Home scheme proves UCAN

Boltonat Home’s Urban Care and Neighbourhood (UCAN) centres are home to facilities and services for local communities. We’ve opened a number of UCAN centres across the borough since 2003, along with other housing providers.

Each centre provides services to promote employment and learning, advice on housing and a base to bring communities together. 

Our UCAN visitors have access to IT facilities, including free computer and internet use to help with job searches or bill payments. The centres provide a community space for neighbourhoods to come together, and access to a free phone for making vital calls to authorities or for job seeking.

We’re committed to supporting our customers and the UCAN centres are a vital tool to help us reach out to our customers across the borough to bring them a service which meets their needs.

We’re very proud of how our centres have been embraced byBolton’s communities and the real contributions they make to people’s lives and welfare. 

We encourage anyone who’s interested in finding out how a centre can help them, to make a trip to their nearest UCAN.  They’ll be sure to receive a friendly welcome.