Our Current Members

Working together collaboratively to improve the quality of life for communities


Our work is split into three main areas:

Best start in life

We know how important the early years are – and we’re here to help. From parenting advice to education and early intervention, we focus on improving children’s life chances.

Good mental health

Everyone has ups and downs in life. Our mental and emotional well-being experts work with families and schools to make sure children and parents feel able to cope with challenges when they arise.

A safe and loving home

We make sure more children feel part of a family that cares for them. We find homes for those without, protect children who have been abused or neglected and help ensure young carers don’t miss out on a childhood.

Click to read more about ACTION FOR CHILDREN

BABY BASICS Bolton & Bury

We provide essential baby/child items to families in need, these may be pre-loved but always in excellent condition and are consistently evaluated so that we address the most urgent needs.  Safer sleep options through the provision of cots, Moses baskets and bedding, toys, clothes, prams and home safety for 0-3 years. Labour bags for those about to give birth, with no provision. Our volunteers are dedicated to hours of sorting, ironing and promoting so that our service is there for all children to have the opportunity of a good start.   We work closely with frontline professionals and are part of a UK network of baby banks.

We are part of The Bridge Church in Bolton.  Baby Basics has a part-time centre manager and administrative assistant.  We are blessed with over 20 volunteers.

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The Birtenshaw Group developed from what was Birtenshaw School which was established in Bromley Cross, Bolton in 1956. The Birtenshaw Group provides a creative and dynamic range of Care and Education services for children and young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

We transform the lives of children and young adults with significant physical impairment, complex health needs, learning disability and / or Autistic Spectrum Conditions through award winning and highly acclaimed services.

The Birtenshaw Group operates a Special School and Specialist College in Bolton and a Special School in Liverpool.

We also run several children’s homes, one of which is a short break centre, a domiciliary care agency, various supported tenancies, an enrichment service, a community café, a small animal small holding, a horticultural project plus a sports and activity centre.

Our aim is to ensure that the people we support can lead independent and fulfilling lives.

Our mission is to Transform Lives for individuals with Special Education Needs and Disability across the UK.

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Bolton Children’s Opportunity Group (COG) a local registered charity,
offers fully inclusive play sessions Monday – Friday for children aged 2 – 5 years.

Speech, Occupational & Physiotherapists, Health Visitors, Social Workers and Educational Psychologists regularly visit.
COG is registered with Early Years OFSTED.

BLUE ROOM (High Needs Base)
This is a small nursery unit for children with
Autistic Spectrum Conditions aged 2 – 5. Catering for up to 4 children in either the morning or afternoon sessions
The Blue Room receives funding from BMBC

offers support to young children, with challenging behaviours, who find it difficult to access the Foundation Stage Curriculum.
Children can have a 6 weeks assessment place, or a 3 to 4 term placement, whilst still maintaining links with their mainstream Primary School.
Schools are charged for this service.

offers advice on E.H.C. Plans, reviews and transition plans for children and young people with special educational needs up to the age of 25 years.
This service is commissioned by the Local Authority.

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The foundations of the charity are based on our universal open access offer, 7 days and nights a week, 51 weeks a year, reaching over 3,000 individual children and young people each year from across all areas of the town from our 4 centres, through centre based play and youth work, sport provision, arts and music programmes, dance, drama, multi-media, outreach and detached street-based programmes in neighbourhoods and communities, and projects such as the National Citizens Service, Young Leaders programmes, SEND programmes and projects which empower, inspire and build confidence and resilience.

Bolted on to our universal offer, we have developed a number of robust evidence-based services which provide tailored packages of support to some of our towns most vulnerable and complex children, young people and families. We provide 1:1 support for children and families from Early Help to child protection, the Young Carers service, programmes for Looked after children, and programmes that tackle employability, homelessness, independent living for those 16plus through psycho & social support. 

In addition, we have a range of mental health service including bereavement support, Safe Zones, THRIVE practitioners and work in schools providing 1:1 and group therapeutic support. 

Click to read more about BOLTON LADS & GIRLS CLUB


Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust was created to manage and run Bolton Arena built for the 2001 commonwealth games.

Since then the Trust has developed to run a wide and varied programme for Children, Young People and families both at the facility and across Bolton in Schools and community venues.

We also manage St Joseph’s High School Sport facilities and deliver grassroots sports in schools across Bolton.

We lead on both gymnastics and Tennis being a regional development centre for Tennis and committed to ensuring these sports are accessible to everyone and provide opportunities at a young age to engage with families.

We work closely with Bolton Council and collaborate to promote sport and healthy lifestyles across Bolton for children and families using fitness and wellness initiatives.

It is our mission to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to follow a lifelong passion for sport and healthy lifestyles through the provision of excellent sport & exercise facilities and sports programmes which are accessible to all.

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Improving outcomes for children, young people and vulnerable adults by providing therapeutic play and specialised resources
We are a registered charity based at the Harvey Children’s Centre, Bolton.

We have a wide range of quality resources including specialised resources available for low cost, improving the home learning environment and relieving financial hardship.

Bolton Toy Library was originally started in 1981 by a group of parents of children with special needs. It has now become a thriving and successful service for all families across the borough and is the only facility of this kind in the North West of England.

We link with CVS, Bolton Together and other agencies to improve outcomes for children, young people & families.

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At the Heart of the Community, realising potential through sport and positive engagement we provide quality experiences to the wider community that focus on narrowing the gap of disadvantage in Health, Education, Disability and Inclusion.

We aim to inspire people and raise aspirations while supporting physical and personal development to create a more active and healthy way of life.

Working in partnership we deliver innovative services across all sectors to support an Active, Connected and Prosperous Bolton.



The key dimension to YMCA Bolton work in the community is focused on young people and their development in body, mind and spirit from childhood through to adulthood. Our approach stems from the steadfast belief that appropriate guidance and assistance at the formative stages of a child and young persons’ life hold not only the key to individual progress but shapes the collective development of the future community.

YMCA Bolton is an integral member of the THRIVE partnership funded by Bolton NHS CCG, YMCA Bolton is commissioned to deliver community-based mental health intervention alongside four VCS organisations. The THRIVE sessions include a closed mental health support group named Re: Think as well as 1:1 sessions.

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Breaking Barriers is a registered charity set up by 3 parents of disabled children. It is our aim to raise awareness and challenge the barriers to inclusion in society for disabled children & young people aged 0-25 years old.

We also support adults with autism aged 18+.

We believe that individuality should be celebrated and everyone has a vital role to play.

We firmly believe in the need for stronger, supported parents / carers who are a vital component in the identification and removal of barriers to inclusion for disabled children & young people aged 0-25 years old and for adults with autism.

Breaking Barriers believes that being unique should still entitle individuals to equality of opportunity and choice. We aim to break down barriers for our children’s future.

Click to read more about BREAKING BARRIERS NW



It’s what we’ve been doing since 1886, in one form or another!

We passionately believe that every child and young person has the right to achieve their full potential, whatever their background or circumstances – and, as a result, we work with over 6000 children, young people and families in the North West of England every year. We work in the heart of communities – often in partnership with other organisations – to end family cycles of deprivation, drug and alcohol abuse, lack of self-esteem, youth crime, teenage pregnancies and broken families.

As a result, we help to strengthen individuals, families and communities so that children and young people can lead healthy and meaningful lives, with the opportunity to succeed in school, to grow up to enjoy healthy relationships, to have access to training and employment opportunities and to be successful in the world of work.

Click to read more about CHILD ACTION NW


Crossroads Together is a registered charity dedicated to providing information, advice and practical support to unpaid carers of all ages and the people they care for.

Our vision

We want carers and those with care needs to be identified, supported and offered outstanding care to help maintain their own health and well being.

Our mission

To be the leading provider of professional support to carers and those with care needs.

Click to read more about CROSSROADS TOGETHER


Early Break was originally established in 1994 as a specialist treatment, information and support service for children and young people who used drugs and/or alcohol.

Since then, however, we have continued to develop and evolve and now offer a wide range of services across several geographical areas in the North West. However, due to the nature of charitable funding and commissioning, these services may only be available in some areas so please get in touch with any queries.

Our practise is rooted in person-centred theory reflected in our values and relationships. In addition to our core offers of Advocacy, our Holding Families Programme and accredited Training and Resources, we also offer Holistic Therapies, Emotional Health & Wellbeing groups, Mindfulness sessions, specialist Bereavement & Loss Counselling, Outreach, a ‘Fresh Start’ anti-bullying project and a Families Living Well programme.

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Fortalice provides frontline services including a Refuge with 22 flats, training and group work for women, families, children and young people who are or have been affected by Domestic Abuse and Violence (DAV). Our Outreach Support Centre provides crisis support, one to one sessions, risk assessments, Counselling and in-person and virtual group work.

We support low, medium and high-risk victims through various activities to address the abuse they have lived with. We work to promote and ensure a future free from abuse.

We also offer a range of services for children and young people aged 5-19 who are suffering the effects of DAV. This includes one to one Just For You sessions, Breaking Free group work, children’s Counselling, Play Therapy and Talking Therapy. Educating young people through early intervention programmes in Primary and Secondary schools is a key part of our service.

Since the organisation was established in 1977 we have provided support, education and advice to thousands of families. Staff have a wealth of specialist skills, expertise and knowledge in this area. We also educate professionals on issues related to Domestic Abuse through our accredited training courses, both in-person and virtually.

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For many young people, the transition to adulthood isn’t easy. In the UK, one-third of young people are lonely, half feel unready for work and half feel like they don’t belong to their community.

At GMYN, our vision is #YoungPeopleCan and we help young people in Greater Manchester overcome this.

We deliver a range of development programmes and drop-in activities to help young people transition to adulthood feeling skilled, supported and positive.



Home-Start HOST is one of a network of charities that work with families in the early years to help parents to provide the best possible start in life for their children. Volunteers, who are parents themselves, are recruited, trained and supported to visit families in their own homes for 2-3 hours a week to offer emotional support and practical help.

In Bolton, we deliver our core family support work to families with at least one child under 5 and with a range of needs, such as social isolation, poor mental health, poverty, lack of confidence, poor parenting skills etc and we also deliver our Parent-Infant Mental Health work. This work involves enhanced support to families with a child aged 0-2 and who may be affected by mild-moderate mental health needs. We also have our Dad Matters work which supports fathers in the perinatal period.
Outside of Bolton, we work in Oldham, Stockport & Tameside and deliver infant feeding support, a school readiness project, a community genetics programme and support for two-year-olds to access free education.

During COVID, our work is delivered remotely via phone, text, video calls and zoom groups.

Click to read more about HOME START (HOST)


Lagan’s Foundation provides support, home care and respite for families of vulnerable children who have complex health issues across the North West, specialising in heart defects and feeding issues. Our home support bridges the gap
between hospital and home, providing much-needed assistance to parents who become 24/7 unpaid carers for their sick children, easing isolation and building resilience.

Click to read more about LAGAN’S FOUNDATION


LOAI’s primary role is to operate residential and day visit activity centres, with a focus on work with young people and community groups.

The Charitable purposes of the organisation relate to encouraging the positive use of the outdoors by all sectors of the community. In practice, this means offering opportunities for participation and access to facilities together with provision of training, advice and support.
Since the original start-up funding, the LOAI has been predominately self-funding, using a business model that uses cross-subsidy, with the more profitable activities allowing the provision of lower-cost support for those aspects of the programme that need it.

LOAI currently operates from both the Anderton Centre on the banks of Lower Rivington Reservoir and High Rid Reservoir.



We are your local charity, working hard to improve your local area for wildlife and for you. Since 1912, The Wildlife Trusts have been speaking out for nature in the UK. Our organisation is unique – while most of our work for wildlife takes place at local grassroots level, we have a national voice.

Click to read more about LANCASHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST


“Dear whoever is reading this, I just want to say thank you [to MhIST] for giving me a bit more confidence in myself and for coming in doing the wellbeing sessions. They don’t do these kinds of sessions in school, we don’t talk about mental health in school enough and it has helped”. – Bolton Secondary school student

“If I could go back in time, 5 years ago I would ask for help, connect more with my family, trust my parents’ advice, they are only trying to help. MhIST has really helped me to ask for help and advice. Push myself when opportunities arrive … jobs, courses, joining group and being more active sign up for activities and just do more. – Bolton young person.

These are just some of the things people value about how we help. MhIST, the Mental Health Independent Support Team, is a user led specialist community Mental Health support organisation based in Bolton established in 1992. The number of people including children and young people who experience poor mental health and ask for help from MhIST has increased significantly. Our team knows what it means to experience mental distress and they provide services that help.

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Founded in 2011, Raise The Youth Foundation is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise that provides totally unique Education and Therapeutic support for Greater Manchester’s marginalised children and young people (aged 11-25) and their families. Working closely with the Community also forms an important part of our overall plans and vision.

Raise Education & Wellbeing School, a Registered Specialist Independent School and part of the Raise The Youth Foundation, provides a caring, person-centred led approach, together with an exceptional blend of highly qualified professional teaching and top-level specialist support staff. In addition, its infrastructure is designed to achieve the best value, quality and, above all, puts Young People first.

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We deliver a range of activities to young BAMER people that consider their cultural sensitivities. Our offer includes sport, education welfare and empowerment.

Click to read more about THE FLOWHESION FOUNDATION


The Proud Trust is a life-saving and life-enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves and their communities. We do this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks, managing the LGBT+ Centre for Manchester, delivering of training, running events and campaigns, undertaking research and creating resources.

Click to read more about THE PROUD TRUST


The Videobox is a not for profit arts organisation specializing in video production with a community focus. We use digital arts, mainly film, as a tool for engagement, training, consultation and empowerment.

We deliver creative participatory projects with people of all ages and backgrounds, including film making, creative writing, photography and mixed media. We work in schools (secondary, primary and SEND), with local community groups and social housing providers and have produced work for local authorities, the NHS and national organisations.

Click to read more about THE VIDEO BOX TV


Urban Outreach is a Christian Charity providing holistic and person-centred support for some of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and complex adults and young people in Bolton. Established in 1990, we have a growing staff team and enjoy the support of hundreds of volunteers – helping us to deliver upon four main areas of work:

  • Offender Support
  • Complex Needs and Homelessness
  • Children and Families
  • Food and Cold Weather Provision

Click to read more about URBAN OUTREACH


Youth Leads (formerly Xplode) is an award-winning charity getting the voice of young people heard and acted upon. We run skills development programmes to upskill disadvantaged young people, publish Xplode Magazine providing a platform for young people to use their voice and we challenge decision-makers on under-representation of young people at leadership level.

Click to read more about YOUTH LEADS


Zac’s (and The Sycamore Project) has always put the needs of the young people at the heart of all it does, and so its projects are always evolving, with new services being set up all the time in order to meet the increasing needs of its young people and the wider community.

In 2017, with mental health concerns emerging as a major issue for the young people in the community, a new “Young Persons Listening Service” and “Healthy Minds” peer support group was set up as part of a new “Thrive alliance” working in partnership with other Bolton based charities and with funding from Bolton CCG.

Click to read more about ZAC’S YOUTH BAR

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