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What We Do

What Does CVS Mean?

Bolton CVS stands for Bolton Community and Voluntary Services.  The name change became official on 21st November 2006. In other areas, similar “Local Infrastructure Organisations” (LIO) are called "Council for Voluntary Service", "Voluntary Action", or "Third Sector Coalition".

Bolton CVS ...

  • Provides a range of information through our newsletter, our website, our information leaflets and email communications;
  • Provides advice and support to help your organisation find and apply for funding;
  • Provides learning and personal development opportunities on a wide range of subjects;
  • Supports a range of forums to maintain strong channels of communication between voluntary and community groups and local statutory organisations such as Bolton Council, the NHS and local funders;
  • Supports volunteers and promotes good practice to volunteer involving organisations;
  • Manages The Bolton Hub - a centre for local voluntary and community groups;
  • Administers a number of small grants for voluntary and community groups, on behalf of a variety of funders;
  • Promotes and develops the Big Bolton Fund, to support small voluntary groups in their work.


Bolton CVS began in 1990. Two previous attempts to create a CVS in Bolton were unsuccessful. June Corner was Chair of the steering group that established CVS as we know it today and became the first Chair of Bolton CVS. Bolton Council awarded a grant of £50,000 for a period of three years, a staggering accomplishment at the time. This funded a General Secretary (now known as the Chief Officer), a Development Worker and an Administration Worker.


Bolton CVS is Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. For more information about trusteeship, please visit the Charity Commission website at www.charitycommission.gov.uk and for more information about companies, the Companies House website is at www.companieshouse.gov.uk


Bolton CVS membership is open to voluntary and community groups working in Bolton. The membership to Bolton CVS currently stands at over 430 organisations. Click here to find out more about becoming a member.

Member organisations of Bolton CVS have a right to nominate representatives to the Bolton CVS Board of Trustees. If there are more candidates than vacancies, then an election is held at the Annual General Meeting.  

The Board of Trustees 

The Bolton CVS Board of Trustees is the legal body that leads Bolton CVS. It is made of elected representatives from the local voluntary and community sector that meets once every two months. There is a Human Resources Sub-Committee that is made up of officers of the Trustees, which meets every two months. There is an Appeals Sub-committee that would meet, should a decision made by the Human Resources Sub-committee be challenged.

In addition, Bolton Council nominates one of their elected councillors as a member of the Board of Trustees. In order to ensure that the Trustess are representative of the full range of voluntary and community organisations in the Borough, the board has the right to co-opt up to three other representatives for a one year term.

National And Regional Links

Bolton CVS is a member of the NAVCA (the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, formally NACVS,) which is “the national voice of local voluntary and community sector infrastructure in England.” It has 360 members who work with 140,000 local community groups and voluntary organisations which provide services, regenerate neighbourhoods, increase volunteering and tackle discrimination, in partnership with local public bodies. More information is at http://www.navca.org.uk/

Bolton CVS is a member of the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation (GMCVO). This is the voluntary sector support organisation for the sub-region of Greater Manchester - http://www.gmcvo.org.uk. We are in regular contact with other CVS-type organisations in the region.