About The Great Get Together

“The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on the 16th of June 2016. In her first speech in Parliament, Jo said, ”We have more in common than that which divides us”. Through the Great Get Together, we ask people across the country to embrace Jo’s words and celebrate the belief that community makes us. We ask people to connect with others and show the power we have as a community.

Jo’s family and friends first organised the Great Get Together in 2017, and since then we have seen millions of people across the country take part in thousands of events”

Please join us in The Bolton Connect Together Picnic. 

This year’s Great Get Together will be different from previous years. This year, though we can’t get together, we can still connect together…
Hold a SOCIALLY DISTANCED  picnic at your home, garden, yard or park with your household and share it with us  – let’s see what Bolton’s favourite picnic food is, who has the best picnic blanket in town…



For loads of ideas and activities on how to make your picnic a bit different please click on the link below for a FREE downloadable activities booklet!

Our partners have all contributed ideas  – There are fun things to do with Food, Wildlife and some great creative ideas.

Great Connect Together Activity Booklet

We would like everybody to share their picnic – Socially distanced, of course – via social media use the #bigboltonpicnic #greatgettogether

Let’s have some fun, in these difficult times and even whilst we cant get together, let’s connect together!





A Useful link for BAME



Some useful details from Healthwatch Bolton

Here is some information you may find useful if you are self-isolating or ‘shielding’ during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The companies below are doing home delivery services but please do check the areas where they deliver before placing any orders. We are merely sharing this informaton with you, we do not endorse nor or we advertising any of the private companies listed below. We hope you find this useful.

Food Banks:
Bolton Nice: 07900 535403
Homeless Aid UK: 07940 004449 / 07973 214603
Urban Outreach: 01204 385848

Foods: (n.b. all listed services deliver)


A Small Good Thing – 07972 287108, [email protected], http://www.asmallgoodthing.co.uk/ – Various collection points

John Bates, Bolton Market, 01204 384520 – Bolton Wide
Liptrott’s Fruit and Veg, Bolton Market, 07456 502250 – Bolton Wide
Bannisters, Bolton Market, 07459 547960 – Bolton Wide
Grundy’s Fruit and Veg, Bolton Market, 07870 648298 – Bolton Wide
Strawberry Gardens, Bolton Market, 07890 587224 – Bolton Wide
Martin R Taylor, 01942 617957, www.yourfresh.co.uk

Bettaveg, 0161 321 8244, www.bettaveghomedelivery.co.uk
MacVeg (independent hampers) 07543 585588

Oliver Turner, Access To Veg, 07527 018989 – Bolton Wide
Spread Eagle, Eagley, 01204 227734 – BL7
Cross Guns, Egerton, 01204 291204 – BL7
Morrison’s Food Boxes: http://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/ – National
Oliver Kay Produce, 0844 847 9790, Produce House, Britannia Way, BL2 – National

Milk, Dairy & Eggs:

John Lowe, Milkman: 07791 393455. Holts Farm, Bromley Cross – BL7

Smithills Open Farm Dairy: 07885 764381 https://www.smithillsopenfarm.co.uk/milk-deliveries/ – BL1

Gareth, CSB Dairies, 07841 642073 – BL3

Mike, Henson’s Dairies, 079575 74460 – Farnworth and Kearsley


PS Wholesale Meats, Astley Bridge, 01204 597453 – Bolton Wide
Zane, Walshes, Bolton Market, 07596 565400 – Bolton Wide
Karl’s, Bolton Market, 01204 520980 – Bolton Wide
Unsworth’s Deli Goods (also sells cheese), Bolton Market:
01942 269541 / 07702 515792 / 07809 336559 – Bolton Wide
Salmon King, Bolton Market, 07581 185232 – Bolton Wide
D Hamer, Bolton Market, 07526 590293 – Bolton Wide

Stanley Gittins, The Quality Stall, Bolton Market, 07849 293550 – Bolton Wide

Choice Cuts Meat, Bolton Market:
07788 457551 / 07787 833489 / 01204 559549 – Bolton Wide
TPB Foods, Tonge Bridge, 01204 528357 – Bolton Wide
Fraser’s, 272 Rishton Lane, Great Lever, 01204 523278 – BL3
[email protected] contactless drive by, collection, delivery for shielding group.
Spread Eagle, Eagley, 01204 227734 – BL7
Cross Guns, Egerton, 01204 291204 – BL7

Jessica Kay, MPJ, Bolton Market, 0754 3585588 – Bolton Wide
Salmon King, Bolton Market, 07581 185232 – Bolton Wide
D Hamer, Bolton Market, 07526 590293 – Bolton Wide

Groceries including household cleaning and toiletries

A Small Good Thing – 07972 287108, [email protected], http://www.asmallgoodthing.co.uk/ – Various collection points

Fresh bread:

Pretzel and Spelt, Crompton Way – 07401 131522

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, 01204 696204, www.greenhalghs.com/ – Bolton Wide

Local Breweries:

Northern Monkey Brew Co: Nelson Square, Bolton, 07737 125629
Twitter: @NMonkeyBrewCo

Pet Supplies:

Lee Lane Pets, 135-137 Lee Lane, Horwich, BL6. 01204 692938

Allbreeds Pet Supplies, 444 Tonge Moor Rd, Bolton, BL2. 01204 307170

Useful Numbers:
Bolton Council “Shielding Group” helpline: 01204 337221
Childline: 0800 1111
Domestic Violence Hotline: 0808 2000 247
National Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Endeavour Project (Abuse/Domestic Violence): 01204 394842
Samaritans: 116 123
Bolton Carers Support: 01204 363056
Bolton At Home: 01204 328000
MIND: 0300 123 3393
Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH, for existing users and carers)
Age UK: 0800 169 6565

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In order to comply with the government guidelines we have currently suspended all activities -theses include all the planned activities and the groups that we help to run:

  • Talk English
  • Ladies Drama
  • Sanctuary Story Tellers
  • Sewing Sisters

These will remain suspended until further notice – We will update his as we can.

We are also postponing our AGM until we can set a new date – this as originally planned for the 2nd April.

The calendar section of this website has been removed to avoid any conflicting information – this will be re-instated once we get more news.


We have set up a City of Sanctuary Bolton WhatsApp group so that we can still stay in touch and share experiences and news – please share this link and please do join us. (You may have to copy and paste the link in your phone browser)



Please see below the March Newsletter


Newsletter March 2020





City of Sanctuary is a national movement committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. City of Sanctuary’s network of local groups includes over 50 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland, all working to build to building this culture of welcome across every sphere of society.

For many years Bolton has offered a home to people whose lives were in danger in their own countries. Many have lost their homes and families, but they have brought new skills, music, food and hard work to build up our town.
City of Sanctuary supporters in Bolton so far include Bolton at Home, the Octagon Theatre, Bolton Council of Mosques, Bolton Hindu Forum, Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Bolton CVS, Urban Outreach, British Red Cross, BRASS, the Destitution Project, Bolton Parish Church and a range of churches and community groups. Supporting organisations promise to welcome and include people seeking sanctuary in their activities.
The group would like more local organisations and individuals to help in making Bolton proud to be a place of safety. It is planning to organise talks and events to bring Bolton people together, to fund raise and recruit volunteers

City of Sanctuary UK Information