Leaders from Bolton’s public, private, faith, voluntary, education and community sector organisations will meet at Bolton College on Monday December 2, to lay out their plans for the future in front of more than 200 delegates.
The conference builds upon joint working between the public, private and community sectors and delegates will be able to participate in a series of discussions, workshops and presentations throughout the conference.
Delegates will hear about the economic challenges currently faced by Bolton and the way in which the council and its partners are striving to maintain services in the face of significant reductions in funding.
Delegates will discuss the future of health and social care integration and how to deal with public sector reform on a local level. They will also hear about what the council and its partners are doing to boost the economy and drive regeneration. Delegates will also be able to attend sessions focusing on work which the council has done to counter poverty & support the Bolton family in difficult times.
However the conference will also hear about the progress which is being made across the borough, including boosting the economy through an investment of £8.9m by the council in Bolton town centre and also the announcement of the first occupier, Aldi at Logistics North distribution site, which will bring 250 jobs to the borough. The conference will also hear about Bolton’s successful attainment by young people, including strong A Level and GCSE performance, as well as excellent attainment for looked after children, which is well above the North West average. There has also been good work done in addressing health inequalities, with the life expectancy for men and women beginning to increase and also on crime and public safety, as both crime and anti-social behaviour have fallen. Finally the conference will hear about the work done by the council and its community and faith partners to maintain community cohesion and strong community feeling in Bolton.
Speakers will include Councillor Colin Shaw, Mayor of Bolton; Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council and Sean Harris, Chief Executive of Bolton Council.
The conference will be introduced by outgoing chair of the Vision Partnership, Chris Hopkinson, who will be handing over the chairmanship of the Vision Partnership to Dave Singleton in the new year.
A new feature at the conference will also be the Vision Marketplace, where local partners and organisations can take a stall to display and explain their aims and how they work. Organisations who will be taking a stall include Hoot credit union, the council’s money skills advice team, Bolton College and the University of Bolton. Delegates will be able to visit the stalls and get advise and information.
Chris Hopkinson, Chair of Bolton Vision Partnership said:
“It has been a joy to work with all these partners in Bolton in the past seven years. Their commitment to Bolton’s people and place has never wavered even during the toughest of times. I am glad to be leaving the partnership in great shape and look forward to Dave leading it on to the next level”.
Dave Singleton, Chair-Elect of the Vision Partnership said: “I am delighted to be taking over as Chair of the Vision Partnership and look forward to working with partners across the public, private and community sectors.
There is no doubt that the past year has been a challenging one for Bolton, due to the difficult economic climate. However, I look forward to working with all partners in 2014, to deliver public sector reform at a local level, boost the economy and counter poverty across the borough.”