Bolton’s Children and Young People’s Third Sector Strategic Forum has met to discuss what the future holds for its organisations.
On the agenda at the event, held at Memory Lane Function and Banqueting Hall, were issues ranging from funding to the importance of different partners working together and supporting each other.
Speakers included: Director of Children’s Services at Bolton Council, Margaret Asquith; Development Coordinator at Bolton Community and Voluntary Services, Helen Tomlinson, and Regional Development Officer at Barnados, Barbara Kelly.
Opening the ceremony, Councillor Noel Spencer, Mayor of Bolton, said: “In Bolton the third sector is vibrant and dynamic. It includes a broad range of organisations from national to community groups.
“By working together we can learn more, progress faster and deliver better. We have a duty to collaborate for the benefit of those we serve.
“The result will be a thriving local community in which all children, young people and families, including the most disadvantaged and vulnerable, are able to achieve their full potential.”
The forum launched in 2010, includes organisations that provide vital services for children and young people, ranging from small groups to national charities.
Along with the council, other groups involved in the forum are Bolton Council of Mosques and Bolton Special Needs Under Five Support.
The forum gives everyone a chance to share information and make sure that young people across Bolton are benefiting from the best support.
As well as helping young people, the forum seeks to raise standards among the participating organisations and help them to become more cost effective.
Information and updates about the forum can also be found on the website via the link on the right hand side.