Bolton Lads & Girls Club (BLGC)

Bolton Lads and Girls Club is a youth club and registered charity based in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Over 128 years ago, we were one of the first organisations in the North West to recognise the importance of providing young people with a safe haven to spend their free time.

The foundations of the charity are based on our universal open access offer, 7 days and nights a week, 51 weeks a year, reaching over 3,000 individual children and young people each year from across all areas of the town from our 4 centres, through centre based play and youth work, sport provision, arts and music programmes, dance, drama, multi-media, outreach and detached street based programmes in neighbourhoods and communities, and projects such as the National Citizens Service, Young Leaders programmes, SEND programmes and projects which empower, inspire and build confidence and resilience.

Bolted on to our universal offer, we have developed a number of robust evidence-based services which provide tailored packages of support to some of our towns most vulnerable and complex children, young people and families. We provide 1:1 support for children and families from Early Help to child protection, the Young Carers service, programmes for Looked after children, and programmes that tackle employability, homelessness, independent living for those 16plus through psycho & social support.

In addition, we have a range of mental health service including bereavement support, Safe Zones, THRIVE practitioners and work in schools providing 1:1 and group therapeutic support.


BLGC encourages young people to be the best they can be by providing innovative activities, unique experiences and high-quality enterprise programmes. We understand the importance of supporting young people to meet their full potential while providing a safe place with friendly faces to talk to. We do all this from our base on Spa Road, Bolton and our other centres in Westhoughton, Barlow Park and our Hacken Lane Multi-sport BLGC facility.

Our Club was established in 1889, and has a rich history of providing the young people somewhere to go, something to do, and someone to talk to. And although we’ve been around for generations, our Vision & Values remain the same, to always be there for the young people of Bolton. The dedication of our team to the Club’s offering means we’ve gone from strength to strength and even picked up a few awards on the way!