Bolton Lads and Girls Club has signed up to the ‘One Bolton’ pledge, which celebrates diversity and unites the community.
Leaders from faith groups and the community together with political and business leaders have already signed the pledge, including key partners such as Bolton CVS and Bolton Wanderers.
The pledge offers people a way to demonstrate their commitment to Bolton as a welcoming town and says: “We celebrate the diversity of Bolton and unite to create One Bolton, recognising differences, celebrating communities and commit to encouraging harmony.”
Karen Edwards from Bolton Lads and Girls commented: “One Bolton and the pledge is all about local organisations, communities and in particular young people working together to form partnerships and improve community life. Young people have an important part to play in community cohesion and breaking down barriers between different faiths and communities and as such Bolton Lads and Girls Club will play a vital role in working with these young people and encouraging them to promote diversity in the future.”
Councillor Rosa Kay, Bolton Council Executive Member for HR and Diversity added: “Bolton is a town with a proud history of welcoming new communities and celebrating diversity. We’d like to thank all the faith group leaders, community leaders, political leaders and business leaders who have signed the pledge and continue to promote it amongst their communities, as their involvement is critical in encouraging all Boltonians to stand up and be counted. Sign the pledge and celebrate all that’s great about Bolton.”
The pledge is also directly linked to the Big Bolton Fund (BBF) and encourages supporters of One Bolton to pledge money to the fund, which in turn will be used to support local community programmes across the borough.
The pledge can be signed online where residents can learn all about the pledge, its supporters and donate money to the BBF. Alternatively, residents can show their support by texting PLEDGE to 70007. Texts cost £3, plus the cost of a standard message and £2.55 will be donated directly to the BBF.
The Bolton Vision conference in December will also be focusing on the One Bolton pledge, with all delegates who haven’t already done so being encouraged to sign up to the pledge.