The Bolton Family, a group of public and private sector organisations working to improve the lives of local residents, has hosted a community picnic in the gardens of the offices of founding member, Seddon.
The second annual ‘Seddy’ Bear’s Picnic saw more than 70 children aged between five – 12 come together to enjoy an afternoon picnic and entertainment featuring an educational science show.
The event was organised in close collaboration with local charity, Urban Outreach, which provides support to disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the Bolton community.
It also supports the charity’s BL18 Packed Lunch Initiative, which aims to feed 1,800 children across the area every day during the six week summer holiday when they cannot receive free school meals.
Since forming in November 2014, the Bolton Family has worked on several community projects within the Bolton area with Urban Outreach, focusing particularly on food poverty, homelessness, training and employment to ensure the initiatives are in line with the council’s Bolton 2030 Vision.
Dave Bagley, CEO, of Urban Outreach said: “The Bolton Family is a key group within Bolton supporting the delivery of our services to the vulnerable within our community throughout the year.
“The Seddy Bear’s Picnic is a fabulous event for the children within the communities where we work and something they look forward to during the summer.”
Nicola Hodkinson, director of business services at Seddon, said: “We proudly hosted this fantastic community summer event for the second time with the full support of all of the members of the Bolton Family.
“Engaging positively with local residents and ensuring we give back to the community is at the core of our business values and it was a privilege to assist Urban Outreach with this event.”
The Bolton Family’s key achievements over the past year include:
- Helping to provide over four tonnes of food for the annual Bolton food bank drive
- Assisting in the provision of packed lunches for over 4,000 children during the 2017 summer holidays
- Working Wardrobe Clothes Drive – providing clothing suitable for work and mentoring the long term unemployed to help them to develop the skills to find employment.
- Creation of Small Business Collective – creation of a group of sole traders/small business in the region assessing how they can work together to support the Bolton 2030 Vision