Beyond housing

From April 2017 to March 2018, we delivered many examples of social value to help our communities.

We place great importance on delivering social value over and above our core purpose, which is to provide social housing and manage estates. This means we do what we can to boost Bolton’s society, economy and environment through the goods we bring-in, the services we provide and the partnerships we form with other responsible businesses.

Here are some highlights over the last year, which we are very proud of.

Spent nearly £24 million with local suppliers and companies in Bolton, 50% of our expenditure.

Supported 88 charities, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with funding, advice and in kind support and over £1 million of funding.

Provided board members and trustees for a range of local voluntary organisations. These include Bolton Octagon, Bolton College, Hoot, Endeavour, Bolton CVS and Backup We also supported members of staff to act as magistrates within their local community.

Helped local charitable, voluntary and community organisations secure over £404,752 of grants and funding from elsewhere.

Provided a mini bus for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and a van to help Urban Outreach with food transportation.

Helped to pack 34,000 free lunches for local children as part of the Bolton Lunches 2017 project led by Urban Outreach in the summer. Our fleet provider supplied a van to help transport the food.

Worked with partners on the Great Bolton Gift appeal. We donated Christmas parcels to almost 2000 local children.

Provided biscuits for 1300 Christmas hampers for deserving families. Part of the Christmas Dinner on Jesus campaign led by Urban Outreach.

Supported the Bolton Sunday League and arranged for them to play their annual Open Cup cup final at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Supported Bolton Wanderers Community Trust as they delivered the Premier League Kicks coaching programme to over 1600 local young people. 15 people also got placed on junior coaching courses.

Distributed 3000 free tickets for customers to watch a Bolton Wanderers league game at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Worked with Asda and Seddon to collect 4 tonnes of food donations for over the local food bank.

Staff donated £3300 for Bolton Hospice through fundraising activities and supported the Bolton Hospice lottery.

We employ 674 people from Bolton, 72% of our staff, and 4% of our staff live in the properties we manage. We are proud to pay the real Living Wage as a minimum.

18% of our staff supported Hoot, the local credit union, through our salary deduction scheme lottery.

Created 22 new apprenticeships within Bolton at Home. Employed 39 apprentices in total.

Provided work experience placements for 243 local people. These included students and school children.

Provided nine new jobs for local people with our contractors and 48 volunteering opportunities.

Helped 352 people into employment and 637 into learning/training.

Delivered CV sessions to over 286 customers and computer training sessions to over 148 customers looking for work.

Recycled 92.5% of our construction waste. Reduced carbon emissions by 27% since 2010.

Our contractors and suppliers contributed £139,000 to help us deliver community projects and activities. They also contributed over 600 hours of volunteering in our local communities.

Worked with local community groups and Asda to raise over £1,200 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Provided 57 new affordable homes by building new properties and bringing others back into use.

Became a Guardian of Backup North West to support local young people affected by homelessness.