By Dr Wirin Bhatiani
I was honoured to be asked to be a judge at the annual Bolton’s Best Awards held at the town hall.
They celebrated the work council staff do to improve the quality of life of people in our borough.
The awards reflected the five values and behaviours drawn up by council staff to underpin everything the organisation does: determination, working together, making a difference, honesty and respect, and accountability.
It is these behaviours and values which the council believes will help to achieve Bolton 2030, a long-term vision to improve outcomes for everyone in the borough and make it a great place to live, grow-up, work and study.
There were 161 nominations for Bolton’s Best Awards and judging was no easy task.
Eight awards were handed out and I was particularly pleased to present the Making a Difference Award, won by the Community Learning Disability Team.
The team worked on the development of The Hollies supported living project, a scheme of apartments for people with learning disabilities and autism.
The positive difference this service makes was summarised in the words of one parent who said: “It’s tailored to my son being more independent. The time we spend together now is quality time that allows us to have a proper relationship.”
People with learning disabilities face inequality in all areas of their lives including health, housing, employment, education, support and relationships.
We all know that good health and the economic success of a place go hand in hand. Things like housing, educational opportunities, employment, working conditions and the environment all impact on people’s health.
That’s why Bolton 2030 is bringing together the voluntary, community and faith sector, the private sector, education, health, emergency services and the council.
We are all part of ‘Team Bolton’ and we all have a part to play in making Bolton a winning place for everyone.