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2022 AGM; 30 years

Video of the day

Short video of the wonderful AGM 2022 and the views of some of the attendees.

By the Videobox.  

Heather Small, Backup Fan

Special Thanks to Universal Music and Warner Chappell for the permissions to use the music and lyrics for this project to celebrate 3 decades of assisting young people who are homeless.  Also a massive thank you to the incredible talented Heather Small for supporting this venture, and to the magnificent Miranda Hart for being the best cheerleader ever. Finally, to all those who took part in the filming; The Mayor of Bolton Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Backup colleagues, young residents, supporters, patrons and partners. Not forgetting Harry the Hound and Che the Shorkie. Many thanks to Spice Valley restaurant in Horwich for allowing use of their premises for our film set.

Filmed by Fran and Tracy of Box TV

Produced and Directed by Maura Jackson

Thanks to all those that participated - 

The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, Claire Lindsay, Diane Eckersley, Julie Spedding, Alison Hunt, Jo Cole, Julie Barlow, Val Thomas, Janet Crompton, Melissa Hill, Phil Thompson, Julie O'Hara, Belinda Beaver, David Morgan, Jane Dixon, Craig Hardman, Andrew Dickson, Jayne Hart, Fiona Nicolson, Dorran Noel, Andrew White, Sarah Butler, Justine Rider, Carole Neales, Jon McArthur, Spice Valley, Gail Hounslea, Victoria Radford, Jacky Hopps, Paulette Campbell, Ann Howarth, Ellie Brown, Marie Passarello, Ruth Warburton, Janet Ainscow, Rachel Riches, Nichola Howard, Heather Schofield, Becky Boydell, Jon Lord, Noel Sharpe, Lisa Tulip, Rebecca Evans, Jeanette Morris, Gail Hession, Rachel Entwistle, Jay Riddle, Debbie Whewell, Jo Windle, Laura Franklin, Jay Davenport, Gina Gardner, Victoria Defraeye, Dave Schofield, Sanjeev Muttra, Tilesh, Sam Lord

Residents - Rob, Destiny, Joelle, Chris

BACKUP North West AGM 2022; 30 years of turning grit into pearls

Backup North West held it's AGM Monday 10th October, World Homeless Day. 150 people attended the event at Cineworld Cinema. The reason we held it there was to launch

on the big screen our brand new promotional video, Moving On Up featuring Heather Small and Miranda Hart who both support Backup and its work with young people who are homeless in Bolton.  The music video features young residents, colleagues and supporters of Backup including the Mayor of Bolton Councillor Akhtar Zaman and CEO of Bolton at Home, Jon Lord OBE and Che, Maura’s shihtzu dog. Maura the CEO of Backup told the guests, “we’ve been planning this video since February, securing legal permission to us the M People song and the filming and editing. It’s been a long time in the making but a lot of fun! We just wanted something catchy to raise awareness on what we are doing to transform young lives. Moving On Up was the obvious choice for a song to use as that’s everything we assist young people to do, not just regarding their housing but in life.”

The main feature of the event was a longer film, stories of previous residents who moved on from Backup, or Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme as it used to be called who left the scheme in 1998, 2000, 2006 and up to 2018. But they all talked about the impact the service had on them and is still having after many years. Several ex residents talked about friendships they made and still have and that it felt like “family”.

We also celebrated the occasion with awards for young people, colleagues and stakeholders.

Thank you to the Judges and Sponsors.

Judges Liam McBride, Mark Murray, Angela Kelly, Suzy Orr, Lauren McKechnie, Sam Evans, Bella Dures-Varle

SponsorsCura Accounting, Boo Coaching, Fresh Perspective, Irwell Valley, SheInspires, Stanmore Insurance, Best of Bolton, Bolton at Home

Nominees and Winners

  • Outstanding Contribution Corporate

Jon Lord – Bolton at Home

  • Outstanding Contribution Non Corporate

Free Cakes for Kids

Outstanding Contribution Outside Backup

Julie Lancaster

Katrina O’Sullivan

Phil Sydall

Tracy Lawless *WINNER

  • Outstanding Contribution Inside Backup

Diane Eckersley

Jon McArthur *WINNER

Megan Evans

Laura Franklin

Craig Fitzsimmons

Business Support Team – Jennie Hockey, Susan Donnelly, Ellie Brown, Tara Deighan, Ann Howarth, Ruth Warburton

Extra Mile Award

Current/Ex resident – Nathan Bowden *WINNER

Staff –

Paulette Campbell *WINNER

John Trevett *WINNER

Rita Standring *WINNER

Heidi Woolley *WINNER

Inspirational Young Person Awards x 3

Tyler Todd *WINNER

Lisa Shaw

James Heaton *WINNER

Marcus White

Mohammed Al Fadel *WINNER

Jess Green-Howard

Danielle Rostren

Fundraising Award

Kira Spedding *WINNER

Laurel Hounslea *WINNER

Megan Evans

Boo Coaching

Lisa Forshaw

Young Volunteer Award

Kyle Clewlow *WINNER

Linda Paxton was our colleague for 22 years, sadly she passed away in 2021. We celebrate her commitment to Backup with annual awards.

Presented by Gulnaz Brennan from She Inspires.

Diane Eckersley

Alison Hunt

Dorran Noel

Ruth Warburton

Julie Spedding

Rachel Entwistle

Backup now has the answer to Heathers question, “What have you done today to make you feel proud?”





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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.

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