'Some people in our town are hurting and in need of help', says Urban Outreach boss Dave Bagley

The Bolton News: Centre, from the left, the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, council chief executive Sean Harriss and Dave Bagley, of Urban Outreach, listen to a speaker at the conference at The Reebok Stadium Centre, from the left, the Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, council chief executive Sean Harriss and Dave Bagley, of Urban Outreach, listen to a speaker at the conference at The Reebok Stadium

WE can change the face of the town forever, says the boss of one of Bolton's most prominent charities.

But chief executive Dave Bagley says Urban Outreach needs help from Bolton Council and the borough’s churches.

The charity hosted its first conference in the Premier Suite at the Reebok Stadium, celebrating the relationships it has with organisations such as Bolton Council, Bolton at Home and the Church of England.

Mr Bagley highlighted the charity’s core projects, including Winter Watch, which provides homeless support between January and March; Store House, a weekly food parcel service, and OARS and Eve’s Space, services which help male and female offenders.

Mr Bagley said: “There is a future in our town. Some people in our town are hurting and are in need of help.

“If we join together to consider the needs of our communities and not organisations, there is a possibility that we can overturn some of these hardships and restore hope to our town.

“I believe in this town and I believe that we together are going to change the face of this town forever.”

Mr Bagley made special reference to Urban Outreach’s Reach Out scheme, which offers support to female sex workers in Bolton and helps them rebuild their lives after leaving the industry.

In working with the council and the police, Mr Bagley explained how the charity has helped cut the number of known prostitutes in Bolton from 170 in 2003 to 15 today.

Sean Harriss, chief executive of Bolton Council, said: “Urban Outreach is a key partner of the council.

“They deal with people with some of the biggest problems and they have got a track record. Over the years they have grown and take on more and more projects. When they take on new things they always seem to be successful.

“I’m really pleased they have put this on because they are modest and don’t normally promote themselves hugely.”

The Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Rev Chris Edmondson, said: “From very small beginnings, it is amazing that they have built up to such a point today.

“I would love it if even more people got involved and played their part so the work can expand even more.”

Jon Lord, chief executive of Bolton at Home, said: “Partnership is one of the most important things that any organisation can have.

“Urban Outreach is the most important partner we have had. Their flexibility and willingness to take on any task means we can do great work together.”

The Reebok Stadium was chosen as the venue for Urban Outreach’s first conference after Bolton Wanderers picked the group as their nominated charity for the year.

l Urban Outreach was founded in 1990 by Mr Bagley to help disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Bolton.

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11:44am Tue 13 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

I understand the Charities in their logic, but the state of Bolton is not just a social problem it is economic and architectural.

Bolton could be Manchester and Salford's Manhattan, but the council are not interested in a radical new approach to the town incorporating big business, viable shopping zones and developing serious leisure activities other than cinema and restaurants.
I understand the Charities in their logic, but the state of Bolton is not just a social problem it is economic and architectural. Bolton could be Manchester and Salford's Manhattan, but the council are not interested in a radical new approach to the town incorporating big business, viable shopping zones and developing serious leisure activities other than cinema and restaurants. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

11:50am Tue 13 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

To add so many areas of Bolton are that dilapidated and ugly they need pulling down and regenerating to give people pride back in their area and impetus to succeed in life instead of feeling like they are stuck in rot.

This town needs thousands of jobs that pay a decent wage not a minimum wage, this will go a long way to helping people socially but the fact of the matter Bolton is not attractive enough, too many towns on the outskirts inclusive of the cities of Salford and Manchester have far more to offer both socially and economically.

The fix is not as easy as to be charitable or housing issues (which the council made difficult anyway along with the government). This town needs a vastly radical change in mindsets, building and investment programs.
To add so many areas of Bolton are that dilapidated and ugly they need pulling down and regenerating to give people pride back in their area and impetus to succeed in life instead of feeling like they are stuck in rot. This town needs thousands of jobs that pay a decent wage not a minimum wage, this will go a long way to helping people socially but the fact of the matter Bolton is not attractive enough, too many towns on the outskirts inclusive of the cities of Salford and Manchester have far more to offer both socially and economically. The fix is not as easy as to be charitable or housing issues (which the council made difficult anyway along with the government). This town needs a vastly radical change in mindsets, building and investment programs. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

2:33pm Tue 13 May 14

Jim271 says...

The first thing this town needs is jobs for its residents, the council have recently been bragging about Appliances Online and Asons Solicitors but not these companies do not employ many people from Bolton ( they are private companies they can employ whom ever they like).

Even Warburtons bread have taken up the practice of employing cheap labour on zero hours contracts (many from abroad) as well as Bolton Council.

A job gives someone pride as well as money in their pocket, all these Community programmes and drop in centres are like using sticking plasters when your leg has been chopped off.

The town needs a Government investment like Salford has been given but the existing parties are only interested in lining their own pockets for short term gains. Even further education has been priced out of most peoples pockets (and don't give me the STUDENT LOAN argument, it still has to be paid back).

People in Bolton do not what Charity they want Opportunity.
The first thing this town needs is jobs for its residents, the council have recently been bragging about Appliances Online and Asons Solicitors but not these companies do not employ many people from Bolton ( they are private companies they can employ whom ever they like). Even Warburtons bread have taken up the practice of employing cheap labour on zero hours contracts (many from abroad) as well as Bolton Council. A job gives someone pride as well as money in their pocket, all these Community programmes and drop in centres are like using sticking plasters when your leg has been chopped off. The town needs a Government investment like Salford has been given but the existing parties are only interested in lining their own pockets for short term gains. Even further education has been priced out of most peoples pockets (and don't give me the STUDENT LOAN argument, it still has to be paid back). People in Bolton do not what Charity they want Opportunity. Jim271
  • Score: 5

3:41pm Tue 13 May 14

allan111111 says...

As long as the council get their pay rise stuff the rest of us
As long as the council get their pay rise stuff the rest of us allan111111
  • Score: 3

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