…a little bit of history
Founded by Dave and Chris Bagley from their attic in 1990, the charity began by providing short term care for troubled young people. It then responded to the street homeless concern in Bolton in the late 1990s by launching an overnight winter cafe called Winter Watch. This provided hot food and shelter. As Winter Watch also became a place of safety for street sex workers, the charity developed its outreach support to both rough sleepers and prostitutes, establishing an office base in the red light district of Bolton. As many of the men and women being supported had an offending history and had been child runaways, the Charity expanded to support men leaving prison, children missing from home and then female offenders. In more recent years, the charity has developed its work in health and complex needs, troubled families and food poverty.
Urban Outreach is an innovative charity which is well respected locally. We find solutions to difficult and intractable social problems. Today we deliver a range of commissioned and grant funded work in four main areas:
- Offender Support
- Health and Homelessness
- Children and Families
- Food and Cold Weather Provision
We believe we can pull people together and make things happen. We have an established track record delivering excellent outcomes.
We are supported by over 250 volunteers in the areas of food handling and sorting, foodbank and winter café volunteers. Our support is growing among local businesses. We have a board of dedicated and experienced trustees drawn from the public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
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