Get support in Bolton

Get help with work, skills and volunteering

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There are many FREE services that can help you find work or improve your skills.  They can also help you think about the steps you need to get to your dream job.

Work clubs give you the opportunity to:   

  • share job hunting experiences
  • learn new skills
  • find opportunities
  • meet other jobseekers
  • get advice on interviews, CVs and even volunteering opportunities

Work clubs are a good local source of advice and support if you are looking to find employment or to increase your chances of successfully getting a job.

Job Centre Plus, Bolton at Home, Bolton Council and Bolton Lads and Girls Club are ‘Team Bolton’ partners providing the service in locations throughout Bolton.

Bolton at Home are in your local area and offer support with applications, housing, language classes, money matters and general advice. Make an appointment through DES or visit your local UCAN centre.

Please contact us at for further information.


Join a library

Why don’t you join your local library?  It is a great way to practise your English.

You can borrow:

  • ESOL Readers, dictionaries, grammar and vocabulary books
  • Audio books
  • Online books and magazines
  • Children’s books

You can also use the computers and the photocopier.  Please check the Facebook page and website for free family activities.  Listen to stories with your children or enjoy a free family cinema experience on the second Saturday of the month.  Visit this page to find your nearest library  The library staff and volunteers are happy help you to register.

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Volunteering in Bolton

Are you interested in volunteering and helping others?  Do you have some free time?

Bolton Council volunteering opportunitiesto help build your confidence, skills and knowledge of working in the UK, or contact Bolton CVS direct on to get a list of current vacancies.

National Careers Service


The National Careers service provide free, impartial advice based around careers, employment, education and training. National Careers Service will give everyone access to the best information, advice and resources that will help them make more effective choices about skills, careers, work and life.

There are new regular sessions every Thursday from 2nd March in Bolton Library.  You can make an appointment through the Digital, Employment and Skills Team by email: 

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Support groups in Bolton

There are lots of community groups that help ESOL people feel more confident to move into education and work.  They are usually run by volunteers to support you and make you feel part of a community and reduce loneliness.  You can also get help with benefit and immigration and low-income problems too.

There are also activity groups in your area.  If you want to find a local group, click on the link and choose your area of Bolton to find what is available close to your home.

Free activities in Bolton

Bolton has lots of free or cheap activities to do by yourself or with your friends and family.  There are children centres that can offer help and support, parks and walks for you to explore.  Read about some activities you can do and places you can visit in the area.

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