22nd December, 2023

Christmas in the Community 2023

Christmas in the Community 2023

Wow – what a fantastic event for our inaugural Christmas in the Community event!

We had a variety of businesses, community groups and agencies attend to share what their services can help and support the Little Lever and wider Bolton community with.

We hope to host many more events like this, if you have any feedback at all, please contact the school on the main email or via social media.

A description of each service and signposting to how to seek support if needed, can be found below.


Local Social Prescribers

A local Bolton team, to support with financial, mental health, personal circumstances or any other concerns that may be affecting your physical health. The service helps to link individuals and families with other services in Bolton that matter most to you at that time. For example, support services to help you on your way to live more independently, or a service to support with mental wellbeing.

social prescriber – Bolton GP federation


NHS Bolton Foundation Trust

Provide a service already, in-school, which is a Tuesday drop-in session over lunch. The service is confidential unless our Nurse feels the student, or someone else may be at harm. The service can support students with emotional and mental health, physical health as well as an enhanced drop in service, to advise and support with sexual health concerns, including signposting and support for sexual health testing.

Ask Ms Gee for more information.


Money Skills

A subsidiary of Bolton Council, the Money Skills Service, is a FREE service that offers impartial support services to residents in Bolton who may be struggling. The Money Advice team, can support with rent or mortgage worries, council tax, energy bills and credit cards bills. The team specialise in negotiating affordable repayments on your behalf – plus offering advice and assistance with court forms, debt relief orders and bankruptcy. On average the team saves customers £200 a year!

Email: moneyadvice@bolton.gov.uk or call 01294 33 19 65



The Barclays Digital Eagles are passionate about helping people become more confident with technology and guiding them on their journey through our digital world. You can gain access to the skills you need for the digital age. You don’t need to bank with Barclays to access the support available, and you’ll be able to take the course at our own pace and learn when’s best for you with bite-size modules.

Visit: Digital Wings | Barclays


Bolton at Home UCAN Centres

Advice and guidance on what’s support is available for customers to access, information on UCAN centres, employment support, I.T, money advice, housing enquiries, training, local community projects and warm centres.


Bolton Digital, Employment and Skills

We provide help to find the right learning and skills, training, digital skills and ESOL support. There is a team of digital helper for 1-to-1 support which are free sessions provided by volunteers to help those who may not have access to a computer, smartphones or tablets but need to gain confidence using them. The service offers free to use computers and Wi-Fi in Bolton Libraries, with access to printing services too. There are digital drop-ins hosted at Bolton Libraries too.

Find out more here: www.boltondes.org.uk

The service is also part of The National Databank which allows free data, calls and text SIMS to those who need them the most. Call 01204 332853

Friday 19th January the service is hosting a drop in for people who need support using the NHS app on their phones too – at Little Lever Library.


Citizens Advice Bury and Bolton

Providing advice and information on issues such as money advice, housing, benefits, energy, community care and immigration. Citizens Advice is a local charity providing free, confidential, independent, and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

You can freephone on: 0808 278 7804 Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm

Fill in a self-referral form at www.cabb.org.uk

Or drop-in in-person:

Bury: Tuesday 10am – 3pm 1st Floor, 5-10 Market Place, BL9 0LD

Bolton: Thursday 10am – 3pm 1 Victoria Place, Oxford Street, BL1 1RD


Greater Manchester Fire Service

The service offers FREE fire safety advice and guidance especially heating, cooking and candles. GM Fire Service will also check all smoke and fire alarms for free in your property and advise on ways to keep your home safe, with handy checklists and tools.

Visit: www.manchesterfire.gov.uk


Fort Alice

We are part of Teams around the School and are an outside service. We can help children deal with their emotions and give support if needed. Fort Alice work with women and families affected by Domestic Abuse. If you need further support, please visit here.


Health Watch

Health Watch provides patients, carers, their families and any member of the community information regarding their rights and choices in health and social care. You can have your say on any health and social care experience you’ve had, from maternity care, to children’s support and more. It’s important to voice your experiences, as the group will campaign and deliver information to partners to help improve services in Bolton.

Visit: www.healthwatchbolton.co.uk



Promotes the benefits of saving, provides an ethical alternative for borrowing and aims to combat the dangers of loan sharks and illegal money lenders.

Visit: Hoot Credit Union | Wise with money.


Let’s Keep Bolton Moving

A website, free to use, to provide advice and guidance as well as to help you find local community initiatives and groups to help look after your physical and mental wellbeing. The service covers all areas of Bolton.

Visit: Let’s Keep Bolton Moving (letskeepboltonmoving.co.uk)


Next Energy

Next Energy offer FREE Energy Saving measures such as Loft, Cavity and both Internal and External wall insulation, in addition to boiler renewals, Air Source Heat Pump or Solar PV installations, amongst other applicable measures.


Starts with You

Starts With You is a Social Enterprise in Bolton, set up by Bolton at Home to support the local community. They offer a variety of services for free, including money, welfare benefit and debt advice, energy advice, digital inclusion and IT support and life and career coaching.

For energy support, email: energy@startswithyou.org.uk

For money advice, email: robynne.grundy@startswithyou.org.uk

For employability skills and life coaching, email: andy.strutt@startswithyou.org.uk


Targeted Early Help

This is a service to support parents with all the support, help and advice they may need to support their children grow up. The service can help signpost to other services, organisations and charities within Bolton who are best placed to help with concerns and queries.

Email: earlyhelp@bolton.gov.uk or call 01204 337390 with your concerns