Published: Friday, 28th May 2021

The Community Champions programme has really picked up pace in Bolton and our champions are out there supporting with the local response to COVID-19.

One champion in particular is raring to go and is showing the way for other residents.

Our newest recruit, the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Linda Thomas, has recognised the importance of Community Champions and signed up to be one herself.

Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Linda Thomas said:

“As Mayor of Bolton and the first citizen of our great town I have an enormous pride in Bolton and also a sense of responsibility that I should lead by example.

“It is for this reason I have decided to sign up as a Bolton Community Champion.

“One role of a councillor is of course to be a Community Champion and advocate for residents but I want to do anything I can to support this venture.

“I hope by joining this initiative it will encourage others to do so.

“During the pandemic Bolton people have been brilliant in helping each other, demonstrated by my awarding over 600 Certificates of Recognition and thanks for going that extra mile to individuals, organisations and businesses.

“I hope that some of these amazing people will come forward and join me in helping to disseminate important information to their networks to continue the fight against this pandemic by becoming a Bolton Community Champion for the good of our town, residents & businesses.”

We really need the help of local people to pass on important information to others. 

Whether you live or work in Bolton, your contribution to help stop the spread of the virus is crucial.

You don’t need to commit lots of time, just whatever you can manage, to share information within your networks. 

Champions will arm communities with the right information to help them and their loved ones to stay safe.

Residents will also be able to let us know about important issues through their local champion, giving them a voice that will be listened to.

A lot of people are probably already doing what we are asking, but by signing up you can access lots of trusted information, support, webinars and optional training.

Bolton Council’s Assistant Director of Public Health and Chair of the Bolton Community Champions partnership, Suzanne Gilman, said:

“We are delighted that the Mayor of Bolton has signed up to be a champion. 

“The current situation in Bolton means now more than ever we need the help of people who live and work in the area, to help share important information.

“One of the best things about Bolton is how everybody pulls together in a crisis, and we’ve seen this over the last year, but we need to keep this up and Community Champions are a vital lifeline to the work we are doing to stop the spread of the virus.”

If you want to make a difference to people’s lives, like to help others and care about our town, sign up to be a Bolton Community Champion. 

No experience is necessary, just a willingness to give up your time to support people in your local community.

To sign up visit