Deane UCAN centre was the base for a series of two-hour weekly advice sessions delivered by Bolton’s Citizens Advice Bureau over the whole of 2014.
Working with Hoot, Bolton’s Credit Union, we delivered a number of money management workshops for residents of Johnson Fold estate.
Over the year, we ran pram clubs from our Greenway community centre, and Tonge Moor and Oldham’s estate UCAN centres.
With funding from Community First, we were able to support over 50 community projects in three wards in the south of Bolton (Great Lever, Farnworth and Kearsley) and a further 30 in the North Tonge with the Haulgh area
As part of a regional Big Digital Project, a partnership of our staff, Breightmet’s Mr One Million group, local film company thebox.tv and other local agencies worked to produce ideas and a theme for the Bolton Big Digital Light Show.
Starting in February 2014 and running for 10 months with funding from local partner Warburton, we are running a digital outreach project across Bolton. The project is providing laptops and has the support of an IT tutor.
The Dramatic Action group continued this year with a whole list of achievements. 14 members of the group completed an accredited first aid course and a further 19 members received an award presented by Lofty at the Reebok Stadium.
Our annual training programme for customers had another excellent year, with 147 people taking part in the 21 different training sessions.
Johnson Fold’s own radio station (Johnson Fold FM) got off to a flying start in the early part of 2014. We worked with 144 volunteers to prepare the weeklong broadcast and over 70 people presented on air.
A full year project working with community group Raise the Youth focused on helping young people who were not in employment or training. Some had never worked before, others had substance misuse issues and many had been through the criminal justice system.