The Giving Back in Bolton Project was an initiative that was launched in April 2019 and funded by the Be Safe Partnership. Although the project has now ended there is a wealth of resources available for your group to use in the Best Practice Toolkit.
Giving Back in Bolton Project was all about improving volunteering opportunities for people with a history of offending, who live in Bolton or volunteer for a Bolton-based organisation. It was also about improving the culture of Bolton to help people with a criminal record reconnect with their local community.
Volunteering opportunities are incredibly important for people with a history of offending, and people with lived experience make excellent volunteers. However, there is still a lot of fear and misunderstanding when it comes to recruiting volunteers who have convictions.
We developed best practice tools and guidance to help volunteering organisations to improve how they recruit, support and manage volunteers who have a criminal record.