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Bolton at Home shortlisted for national awards

We’re celebrating after two Bolton at Home projects have been shortlisted out of more than 250 entries for the 2011 UK Housing Awards.

The UK Housing Awards recognise outstanding work in housing which improves people’s lives in their communities. They’re very prestigious, and something we’re very proud to be associated with.

Our ‘I can make it happen’ project has been shortlisted for the ‘regenerating communities’ award. The project aims to raise the aspirations of young people in Bolton, introducing them to the language and options of work, careers and university.

Our ‘Lunch and Learn’ programme has also been shortlisted in the ‘valuing and diversity’ category. It is designed to create an informal and supportive environment for staff to understand and respect different cultures, gender related issues and religious beliefs.

I’m delighted that two of our projects are in the running for these prestigious awards. Both shortlisted projects are services that make a real difference to people’s lives in Bolton.

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!