Bolton Destitution Project

"Seeking to provide a safe environment where Refugees and Asylum Seekers can find friendship, food and practical help."

Bolton Light Festival

On 22nd November, the Destitution Project (DP) took part in a lantern procession at the Bolton Light Festival.

The group showed off many of the hand-painted decorative lanterns they made as part of a project called- ‘Building Beacons of Hope and Love’.

For this activity, DP received support from Bolton at Home and the Bolton Council. This allowed us to team up with ‘CreateBolton’ to hold a lantern-making activity at the DP’s weekly drop-in centre at the Victoria Hall.

The DP Art and Craft team and some art teachers provided by ‘CreateBolton’ worked with 23 asylum-seekers and refugees. A beautiful array of colourful, decorative lanterns were made and then carried in the procession during the Bolton Light Festival. The group really enjoyed the community festivities that took place on the night. At the end of the project each person got to take their hand-painted lantern home.

Sarah George, Trustee & Volunteer, Destitution Project

Bolton Light Festival

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English Teachers - the Destitution Project is looking for experienced English teachers who would like to volunteer to teach beginner or intermediate/advanced classes for our service users. Classes are up to 2 hours long and take place on Wednesdays at various times and we currently have 2 levels for women and 2 levels for men. Each volunteer teacher would work with one class, and likely be part of a small team of teachers (some of whom are not trained in teaching English). We also try to provide one-to-one instruction throughout the day for those service users with very little English knowledge.

Reception Volunteers - the Destitution Project is in need of volunteers to man our reception desks each Wednesday. This would require you to be present between 9.45am and 3.00pm. You will need to have good interpersonal and organisational skills, and like to meet and greet people but also comfortable ensuring that access to the Drop-In Centre and its services are well managed. You will likely work as part of a two-person team. Previous experience in this sort of task would be ideal, but not essential.
You must be 18 and over to apply.

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