Friends, relationships and community



Friends, relationships and community

Bolton Council and partners are working closely with parents and carers of children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and professionals across Bolton from statutory and voluntary sector providers, to map the activities and peer support groups that support community inclusion. These include peer support groups such as youth clubs, pony clubs, gaming groups, sports, bingo, and neighbourhood hobby or interest groups. In addition to this, the mapping process will explore working and volunteering opportunities, supporting young adults with SEND to gain experience and paid work with the appropriate support in place.

This is an exciting piece of work where we aim to unlock the potential within these neighbourhoods, recognise hidden assets and explore the barriers and gaps to more inclusive community activity and support. This information will then inform future developments and enhancement of the Local Offer in Bolton and will be published via My Life in Bolton and other accessible media.

We are committed to parents and young people within the borough, shaping the project with effective and meaningful involvement from community groups, local organisations and businesses which will lead to longer-term more sustainable solutions.

This ongoing work will also examine the role of direct payments, personal assistants, brokerage, travel training, capacity building, inclusion web, short breaks and holiday activities.

Community Inclusion Seed Funding

Funding has been awarded to organisations to support the purchase of three different size sensory packs, additional equipment, and training to improve access to activities and services.

A panel meeting took place, with parent representatives, to decide on how the funding was distributed, following outreach work by Bolton Lads and Girls Club, and Breaking Barriers.

 Successful projects