Initially an old warehouse in Bark Street “Lads Club” opened in 1889 as a hostel where the young mill workers were able to wash, eat and sleep in peace away from their looms....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club
Bolton Lads and Girls Club is the biggest youth centre in the UK and offers a wide range of services from it's state of the art premises in the heart of the town. The club is a registered charity and welcomes young people aged 8-21.
"A state of the art facility offering young people across Bolton a safe, fun and exciting place to be"
Bolton Lads and Girls Club is a registered charity and the biggest youth centre in the UK. The club is based right in the heart of the town centre and open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It welcomes all young people between the ages of 8 and 21 years old.
Bolton Lads Club was originally founded in 1889 by a group of local businessmen who wanted to provide somewhere safe for young mill workers to spend their free time. The club has since grown to employ over 50 staff and is supported by over 400 volunteers, all of whom have made Bolton Lads and Girls Club the leading youth centre in the country.
The club moved to its state of the art new home on Spa Road in 2002, a facility that cost £5 million. The building is fresh, modern, exciting and above all, fit for purpose. As well as offering a 7 night a week youth club service, the club now provides dozens of new projects for Bolton's young people including mentoring, sport, Pathways 2 Success, residentials and outreach.
As the biggest youth centre in the UK, Bolton Lads and Girls Club's youth club is at the centre of everything they do. The youth club is open 7 nights a week and welcomes any young person between the ages of 8 and 21.
The youth club has over 3000 members and is split into four different sessions: senior club, junior club, deaf group and independence group.
Every session is staffed by a team of highly professional, experienced youth workers and volunteers. These members of staff are passionate about providing a safe, friendly and positive environment for all members of the club.
The Mentoring Project
The Mentoring Project has been one of the most successful services provided by Bolton Lads and Girls Club. It was awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Services, the Cabinet Office "Gold Star" status and "Approved Provider" status by the National Mentoring and Befriending Foundation.
The project's aim is to link young people who are classed as vulnerable and at risk with a volunteer mentor who will befriend, support and build a trusting relationship with them. The mentor will be a positive role model and somebody that the young person can turn to in total confidence.
Mentoring can offer a real solution to a number of issues that young people face today, from not attending school to experimenting with drugs or getting involved in criminal activity. Mentors meet with their young person around once a week for 12 months, during which time they will offer motivation and encouragement as as well as boosting self-confidence.
Outreach and Detached Work
Bolton Lads and Girls Club undertakes estate-based work in some of Bolton's most deprived communities, hitting the streets every evening of the week and during school holidays.
Young people can often be unwilling or reluctant to access the fantastic facilities available in the Bolton area, due to a lack of social skills and difficulties participating in a structured environment. This results in large numbers of young peple congregating on the streets with nothing positive to do, which can cause stress for local residents and even lead to anti-social behaviour.
To tackle this problem, a team of experienced youth workers from Bolton Lads and Girls Club go out onto the streets to engage with these young people. This environment is an informal setting to offer positive activities and opportunities such as residentials, drugs and alcohol awareness, sexual health education and support with further education and job skills.
Whilst Bolton Lads and Girls Club is an outstanding facility that offers superb services for young people across the area, it's also important to remember that it is also a registered charity.
It costs over £2.5 million to keep the club open for a year and this money is raised in a number of ways, from large funding bids to the 40p charge per visit for members.
There are a variety of ways that you can get involved with fundraising for Bolton Lads and Girls Club, from grants and trusts to organising your own event! For more information about fundraising please call Bolton Lads and Girls Club using the details below.
18 Spa Road,
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are once again running their terrific holiday club over the summer holidays and children are able to attend from just £5 per day.read more »
Over the past two years the Bolton Atlantic Team have been raising vital funds and awareness to support Bolton Lads and Girls Club’s Junior Mentoring project....read more »
It's the time of year when we fill our wardrobe with new clothes and the children get brand new toys, but don't throw out the old, give them to a good cause such as Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Bolton Hospice and the many other Bolton Charities that need your support.read more »
I know we'd all love to spend time off with the children but if you have to work and if you’re in need of some childcare whilst you’re working during the Christmas holidays then read on.read more »
Bolton Lads & Girls Club is encouraging local people to get involved and help make a difference to the lives of young people.read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are running their fabulous holiday club this October, with delicious food on the menu and action packed activities planned.read more »
Are you embarrassed to invite guests around for a BBQ this summer because your house is full of unloved items?...read more »
8-12 year olds will love Bolton Lads and Girls Club Summer Holiday Club....read more »
Places are filling up fast for Bolton Lads and Girls Club May Half Term holiday club....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club need your help....read more »
The Bolton Lads & Girls Club is renowned throughout the UK, not only for providing a fantastic service, but also for their inspired and unique fundraising efforts....read more »
They're known for their bold fundraising attempts and for pushing the boundaries of those supporting them, and Bolton Lads & Girls Club are doing once again with their 'Man Vs....read more »
Fundraising is an essential activity for any charity, and leading the way in innovation and ingenuity has to be Bolton Lads & Girls Club....read more »
It's a popular event on the Bolton calender, and, once again, the Beer Festival in aid of the Bolton Lads & Girls Club was a huge success....read more »
It's a 16 day festival of drinking, eating and merriment where around 5 million people gather in Munich to celebrate, well, nothing in particular....read more »
Bolton Lads & Girls Club, the largest youth centre in the UK, has been helping the young people in Bolton for over 20 years now....read more »
There is always so much going on at the Bolton Lads & Girls club, and the previous month has been no exception....read more »
Clay pigeon shooting is something that many people want to do (especially with publicity it has got from the Olympics), but it's seen as too difficult to organise....read more »
Well if you love a challenge with a difference, your time may well just have come....read more »
Bolton Lads & Girls Club are hosting a Day At The Races, at Haydock Park....read more »
The Bolton Beer Festival is set to return for it's 19th year, with dates being confirmed for the 10th - 13th October....read more »
Euro 2012 will soon be happening and what better place to watch England V France that at the Lion of Vienna Suite, Supporting Bolton Lads and Girls Club.read more »
How about this for a challenge, do you fancy climbing up Kilimanjaro to support Bolton Lads and Girls Club?...read more »
Passport to Work is an innovative programme designed by the Club's dedicated Enterprise Team to empower young people, aged 14 upward, with the skills to give them a better chance of gaining and maintaining employment in today's competitive environment.read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club invite you to one of their extra special fundraising events at Harvey Nichols in Manchesterread more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club invite you to support them at an evening of fine dining at a gourmet evening at Harvey Nichols restaurant on Sunday 4th Decemberread more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are pleased to announce that in excess of Â£38,000 was raised for the club at the Bolton Beer Festival 2011....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club Invite you to their next networking event on Thursday 8th December....read more »
Bolton's Biggest Bash - the Bolton Beer Festival - returns this year at Bolton Rugby Club from Wednesday 12th ' Saturday 15th October with all profits raised going straight to Bolton Lads and Girls Club andread more »
If you are looking for a fantastic night out this Halloween, why not come along to Bolton Lads and Girls Club Halloween Ball on Saturday 29th October at DeVere Whites Hotel....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club have opened a new charity shop in Bolton town centre and are appealing for donations of items to keep the shop fully stocked and also volunteers who can spare a few hours each week to staff the shop.read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club have teamed up with BETFRED for a day at Haydock Park Races and have invite local Bolton businesses to enjoy some fantastic corporate hospitality and help raise money for a Mentoring Project at the club.read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls, a fantastic local Bolton charity are again celebrating some successes and would like to share them with you.read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are offering a fantastic opportunity for you and your staff....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are pleased to announce that they have won a prestigious accolage at The Charity Awards 2011....read more »
Since its launch earlier this year, the Bolton Lads & Girls Club 'Helping Hands' appeal has enjoyed considerable success through the support of numerous local companies....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club have reached the semi finals of the National Lottery Awards for their 'Young Leaders Project' This is a really exciting time and may mean they feature on the BBC One Show....read more »
Bolton Lads & Girls Club are giving you the opportunity to do some real team building in your business while at the same time supporting a great local cause....read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are excited to announce they have been chosen as one of only 12 centres across the UK to deliver the coalition governments National Citizen Service for young people aged 15-16 in Bolton.read more »
Bolton Lads and Girls Club are a fantastic local charity and do some amazing work with the young people of our town....read more »
DRL Limited are soon to be doing a charity walk in aid of Bolton Lads and Girls Club and are hosting Bolton's Got Talent to fund raise for the event....read more »