Bolton business group pledges to help thousands more Boltonians


The Bolton Family has pledged to expand their group and support the delivery of the Bolton 2030 vision in all elements of their work, reaffirming its commitment to local people.

Made up of over 30 public and private sector organisations from both the public and private sectors, the Family has joined together to support the communities in which they operate.

Key members of the group include Seddon, Bolton FM, Warburtons, Bolton Wanderers Foundation Trust, Asda, Keoghs solicitors and Barclay’s.

In its latest meeting attended by new Chief Executive of Bolton Council Tony Oakman, held at the Bolton headquarters of member company Seddon, the Family discussed its charity initiatives and outlined its vision to the new council chief.

Bolton Family Members

The Bolton Family Members

Commenting on the event, Tony Oakman said: “I was impressed by this innovative partnership between the public, private and voluntary sector and a group of inspirational people who are making an impact and difference to the lives of people in Bolton.”

Since forming in November 2014, it has worked on several community projects within the Bolton area in close collaboration with charity organisation, Urban Outreach.

The charity’s work places particular emphasis on food poverty, homelessness, training and employment and ensures it underpins the Bolton 2030 Vision.

Dave Baguley, chairman of Urban Outreach said: “The Bolton Family members are great friends of Urban Outreach and their ongoing support enables us to have a greater impact on the people of Bolton.”

Key highlights 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 summer holidays
  • Organising annual Seddy Bear’s Picnic events for over 400 children

The Family currently meet five times a year and is chaired by Vanessa Barlow, Socially Responsible Manager at Seddon, who said: “This latest meeting has been a pivotal one for the Bolton Family as we look ahead to the next 12 months and pledge to continue our efforts to support local charity projects.”

“It’s fantastic to have the backing of the new leader of the council and I speak on behalf of all our members when I say that we are really looking forward to working together.”

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