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We were onE of the first and now we are one of the best!

+ Our origiNS

1889 – a time of great industrial and social change. There was nowhere decent and affordable for the young people to hang out after a hard day at the mill.

Five elders – church leaders and industrialists – came to the rescue, buying an old warehouse in Bark Street and opening a hostel where the young workers could wash, eat and sleep safely.

Bolton Lads & Girls Club (BLGC) was born.

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The mills are long gone, but BLGC is still going strong welcoming over 4,000 young people through our doors every year.

Now one of the largest youth clubs in the UK and at our out-of-this-world new home Infinity, we have something for everyone including sports, arts, mentoring and community outreach work as well as some extras for those who need it most.


Enriching Lives, Empowering Futures! Welcome to the exciting new chapter in the story of our brand and BLGC

+ a new look

As you may have noticed, we recently have undergone a transformation with a fresh new look, branding, and website. Since Bolton Lads and Girls Club, now BLGC was founded in 1889, the charity has undergone significant evolution, and we wanted to showcase that transformation and story through our new brand.

And so, a new logo was born, representing a beacon that shines brightly across the town of Bolton and the surrounding area. A light of hope radiating positive energy and enthusiasm, offering the promise of a warm welcome to everyone, always… and of course, continuing to enrich young lives. A symbol that BLGC is always evolving, so our charity can continue to be agile and adapt to serve the needs of our Children, Young People and Families.

But to us this brand is more than just a symbol – it captures the DNA of who we are. Our new logo reflecting the commitment and passion of our team to do everything we can to help children and young people to feel fulfilled, happy, and achieve the most out of life, with a bright and positive design that radiates warmth and energy. We also hope our fresh new look will attract new and engaged supporters who will join us on our mission to change young lives in Bolton for the better. Thank you for being a part of our story, past, present, and future. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children and young people and create a brighter and more positive tomorrow. Welcome to the new era of our brand and our charity, let’s make it shine brighter than ever before!



2011 – The Charity Awards:
Children and Young People winner

For helping reduce the number of young people who were at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training). Bolton has a high percentage of NEETs – nearly 13 per cent of 16 to 18-year-olds. Our pathways2success scheme identified these young people and re-engaged them.

2010 – Queen’s Award for
Voluntary Service for Mentoring:
The ‘MBE for the voluntary services’

The highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.

2010 - Children and Young People Now Awards : Play Award winner

2010 - Centre for Social Justice Awards: Services for Young People runner up

2010 - 4children Safeguarding
award : winner

2009 - Bolton Sports and Physical Activity Alliance Sports Club of the Year (Bolton) and regional runner up

The Sunday Times
Best 100 Companies to Work For: 2009, 2010, 2011

The Club is proud to have been recognised on a national scale by the Best Companies Accreditation that identifies excellence in the workplace.

Investing In Volunteers Quality Mark

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. We are committed to recognising our amazing volunteers and ensuring they receive the relevant training and support.