Bolton Green Umbrella was formed in August 2016 when a small number of like-minded people talked about how encouraging and motivating it was that we had at last discovered each others’ existence.
For years each of us had been despairing of the deterioration we saw in our town; the loss of the pride in one’s own community that used to exist.
That’s the spirit we want to recover in our town.
For more information about us, please click here.
Our mission is to act as an umbrella organisation which recognises and supports volunteer and community groups who look after the environment in Bolton.
We seek out groups and like-minded individuals to form a network that promotes our aim of making Bolton a cleaner and greener town for all its residents. We work together to restore pride in our town, and take responsibility for our own back yard.
We also work to commit local organisations and businesses to care for and maintain the area around their premises, volunteer their time and/or resources to a local volunteer group or project.
We aim to promote, support and encourage local volunteer groups and individuals who work to improve their environment. To view local groups, please see our local groups page. If you are involved with a local group, please consider adding your details to this site.
We ask local organisations and businesses to commit to caring for the environment around their places of business, and supporting local voluntary activities. To view local organisations, please see our organisations page. If you are involved with a local organisation or business, please consider adding your details to this site.
Many organisations commit to looking after the environment by taking our pledge. For more details about the organisations and the pledge, please see our organisations page.
Harwood Community Hub
Harwood Community Hub is based in the grounds of Harwood Methodist Community Hall in Harwood, Bolton. We are a small team of volunteers who started a book exchange for the local community at the start of lockdown 2020 due to the coronavirus.
Since then we have grown into the "Community Hub" . People can bring books, jigsaws , toys, CDs , DVDs and bric-a-brac that they no longer require and these are recycled, by others taking , free of charge, what they can re-use. This is a great way to recycle things you no longer need or swap books that you have read. During lockdown , when libraries were closed , the hub became a lifeline to so many in our community. People that wouldn't usually read or do jigsaws , took them from the hub during their daily walk and began to enjoy a new hobby.
The Grub Tub , for donations of non -perishable food supplies , is also outside each day and emptied by the volunteers. In the last few months we have been able to take bags and bags of food to Urban Outreach in Bolton , enabling many vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and young people to be supplied with the essentials they would otherwise have gone without.
Our small group opens and closes each day and ensures the hub and surrounding area is kept clean and tidy , providing a fantastic new resource and enhancing our local community.
We were so lucky to be featured in the "Bolton News" and honoured to receive letters of thanks from The Lord -Lieutenant of Greater Manchester on behalf of the Queen.
In August 2020 , with backing from the Church, we decided to raise money to purchase a permanent structure to enable the "Hub" to be a permanent fixture in Harwood. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity and many kind messages that we have received .
Harwood Hub is more than just a book exchange, it has helped so many , lifted the spirits of so many and is now a huge part of our community in Harwood.
Over Hulton CG - WE LOVE GREEN UMBRELLA!
Over Hulton Community Group | Sunday 13 September 2020
Over the last few years our group has received FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS from Bolton Green Umbrella. Every single penny of this money has been spent on improving our community. We are so grateful. The focal point of our community is our shopping precinct. We have created a bedding plant garden which is a source of great pride for our residents. It is planted out each year in early spring to augment the daffodil bulbs and again at the end of May with that year's choice of bedding plants. This year we h More.....
We aim to show volunteers that they are not alone; they are part of something much bigger.
We aim to encourage groups and volunteers to continue their fantastic work.
We aim to acknowledge local groups and volunteers fantastic contribution to our town.
We aim to enable mutual support between groups.
We aim to enable the sharing of ideas and resources.
We aim to give the volunteer body more influence upon Bolton Council, local businesses and organisations.
We aim to provide support and guidance for funding applications.
We aim to offer access to training for volunteers.
We aim to provide advice and support to individuals and fledging groups.
We send a regular e-mail newsletter with information about groups, events and volunteering opportunities.
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