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Chair of Trustees

The current Chair of Backup Trustee Board Dr Steve Sharples is retiring from the role after 10 years. We are currently recruiting a replacement. Closing date is Monday 22nd April 2024. Please send your email to and your reasons for wanting to apply. We will be in touch with you that same week to let you know if you are to be invited an informal meeting with 3 Trustees including Steve. In order to be shortlisted as a minimum you need:-

We look forward to hearing from you.


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What We Do!

BACKUP provide multiple services across Bolton to young people aged 16-25 years who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. Read here about all the supported accommodation which includes emergency housing, temporary accommodation, short and medium stay supported housing. Also the non accommodation based support work that focusses on mental health, employment support and much more.

Young people can live in more than one Backup service as they make progress and develop more independence prior to moving on completely. The different services are designed to meet various levels and ranges of needs.


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Our Events

Every year Backup delivers multiple events for fundraising. Each one is designed to raise awareness and much needed money to support young people who are homeless. Annually we have our core events; Gala Ball, Golf Day and Ladies Lunch. We also have other events that are different each year so that we can have a wider appeal to all.

Fundraising and Events

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