Bolton’s Locality Plan outlines a borough-wide commitment towards improving health and social care services for the benefit of people living in Bolton.

Groundwork employee and two women digging community garden

A Transformation Fund was created to enable health and care partners in Bolton to trial new and innovative ways of working and to implement best practice to deliver transformational change in the way services are delivered with £100,000 of this funding allocated to Bolton CVS to develop a voluntary and community sector alliance to reduce social isolation and increase physical activity.

We joined forced with partners including Bolton Lads & Girls Club, Wave Adventure, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Lancashire Wildlife Trust to create the Getting Connected and Active Alliance and together we submitted a joint bid to Bolton CVS with the aim of increasing physical activity and reducing social isolation in Bolton focusing on:

  1. Mentoring
  2. Community programmes
  3. Community events

Groundwork will use an Asset Based Community Development approach in Breightmet, Great Lever, Farnworth and Kearsley, working with existing groups (constituted or informal) to identify, support and invest in 25 new activities which are physical in nature, can reach people vulnerable to social isolation, and can be sustained beyond the end of the funding.

Some activities might be directly delivered by Groundwork and others by members of the Alliance.

Each group will be different but for example, buying basic gardening tools might be all that is needed for a new gardening group to flourish.

Using experience from our Ambition for Ageing programme in Bury we will administer investment funds, capture learning and keep evidence of expenditure.

For more information on this project please contact:

Julie Bentley on

Project Partners:

  • Bolton Lads & Girls Club
  • Wave adventure
  • Lancashire Wildlife Trust
  • Bolton Wanderers Community Trust
  • Bolton CVS
  • Bolton NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Bolton Council Public Health Team

Thanks to support from:

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