Onside has its roots in Bolton Lads & Girls Club which was cited as a model of good practice in the Government’s paper ‘Aiming high for young people: a ten year strategy for positive activities’ published in July 2007. This new strategy is a response to the clear, ongoing demand from young people, parents and communities for more and better places for young people to go.
‘Bolton Lads Club’ was founded in 1889 by a group of local businessmen who felt the need to support young lads who worked in some of the town’s mills. Back then, the facility wasn’t much, but it was somewhere safe in which these young lads could spend their free time.
In 2002, Bolton Lads & Girls Club moved to its new home on Spa Road in Bolton town centre. The new facility cost £5million and to this day remains a building that is fresh, modern, exciting and above all, fit for purpose.
Supported by a team of around 50 staff, and an army of over 400 volunteers, the Club prides itself on being innovative, fun and without a doubt, the leading youth centre in the country.
Visit the website for more information.