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Local support services for parents in Bolton

Raise the Youth is part of a collection of support services for parents and carers in Bolton

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Type of support

Age group of support

Bolton Toy Library (IThrive)

Can guide parents to find the right support, provides drop-in advice sessions, one to one support, themed activity sessions and is offering emotional wellbeing kits.

Telephone: 01204 395 079

Homestart HOST (IThrive)

A team of trained local volunteers, who are all parents themselves, provide one to one support to families if they have at least one child under five.

Telephone: 0161 344 0669

Fortalice (IThrive)

Fortalice provides guidance and techniques to children and families who are experiencing, or have experienced, domestic abuse.

Telephone: 01204 365 677

Child Action Northwest (IThrive)

Child Action Northwest offers a range of therapies and activities for children and their families; facilitated via both one-to-one and group work.

Telephone: 01254 244 596

Action for Children (IThrive)

Decider skills Group Work therapy to teach children and adults the skills to recognise their own thoughts and to monitor and manage their own emotions.

Telephone: 07725 601 515

Bolton Wanderers mentoring (IThrive)

One to one mentoring for young people with the opportunity for each child to attend activities with their mentor as part of the support offered.

Telephone: 07840 049 786

Zacs Youth Bar (IThrive)

Group and one to one mentoring focusing on preparing for the move to High School in Year 6, delivering to those living in the South of Bolton.

Telephone: 07878 642 588


Beat provide a 1:1 webchat for anyone affected by an eating disorder plus helplines and email support for those who need additional help.

Telephone: 0808 801 0677

IAS Bolton

Bolton IAS is a statutory service that provide legally informed information, advice and support, to parents and carers who have children between birth and 25 years, with any type of SEND. We also support young people directly. We cover Education, Health and Social care. All IAS staff are qualified, skilled, and experienced in delivering information, advice and support. You can text 07467 943 495 to request a call back or use the number below.

Telephone: 01204 848722

Bolton Start Well

Start Well Children’s Centres are places where families with children can share the challenges and joys of parenthood. These centres offer a range of activities and integrated support services to help you with every aspect of parenting, so your child gets the best possible start in life. These services include information on early years and childcare provision, drop in sessions e.g. parent and child activities, and antenatal clinics and children's health services.

GM Eating Disorder Service for Young People

Assessment, treatment and support for young people with eating disorders and their families. The service promotes early detection and treatment of eating disorders through a combination of one-to-one support and family therapy, along with support from a qualified dietitian.

Urban Outreach

Urban Outreach is a Christian charity providing food for households in crisis; and person-centred support for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable adults and young people in Bolton. Established in 1990 our core aim is to be consistently dependable, creative, challenging and inspirational in the support and care we provide across our town.

Telephone: 01204 385848

IThrive 2–19 & parent peer support programmes

Help is available if a child is feeling low, anxious, or struggling with their emotions – someone to talk through what they are experiencing, information on what can help, group work and one-to-one support.

In the form of IThrive, Bolton Together has brought together seven charities to support the child and the whole family. 

You will need to complete the relevant referral form to access these services:

2–19 years referral form

Parent peer support referral form

The IThrive Programme is supported by NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Bolton Foundation Trust, and The National Lottery Community Fund.