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Group Activities

Shared Interest Groups

We currently run and support groups of people to access a shared interest or hobby.

They meet weekly, fortnightly or monthly and are supported with either staff or volunteers to access a number of leisure and community venues.

You may join in with any or all of the groups available.

If there are enough people interested in a topic we will support individuals to start up a new group.

Examples of some of the groups developed so far are:

Art Group

The Art for Pleasure group is open to anyone irrespective of their artistic talent or previous experience.  It is a social group where people can experiment with art techniques either as a new or existing hobby.

The group meet every Tuesday 10am - 12 noon

Venue: BAND, Bolton YMCA, 125 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1HA

Creative Writing

The creative writing group is open to anyone irrespective of their literacy skills, ability to write, or spell.

It is a social group where people can experiment and explore ideas to create their stories, poetry or express themselves in other ways.

The group meet every Wednesday 10am - 12 noon

Venue: BAND, Bolton YMCA, 125 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1HA



Our aim is to achieve inclusion in sport for adults who experience any form of Mental Health condition.

This group works jointly with Active Choices and Early Intervention.

We have one training session a week, it is open to everyone that would like to play for one hour and then slightly more structured for another hour. The location is dependent on the weather and time of year.

1:00pm - 3:00pm every Wednesday, please contact Dave Coleman for more details

We are currently playing every month in the Creative Support Blackburn with Darwen social inclusion football league at Ewood Park. For more details please see their facebook page here


We are a friendly all inclusive LGBT+ group for Bolton and welcome all new members.

We provide a forum where members can discuss issues as they arise in the LGBT community and work together to improve the quality of life of all LGBT people in Bolton. We encourage and facilitate social networking and events, offer mutual support and try to increase confidence and reduce social isolation within the LGBT community in Bolton.

The group meet every Wednesday 5pm - 7pm

Venue: BAND, Bolton YMCA, 125 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1HA

Greenhouse Project

An introduction to the gardening and the whole food community project.

Enjoy a taste of the outdoors with BAND.

All aspects of gardening and growing your own food.

We meet weekly on Thursdays from 1.00pm until 4.00pm

Venue: 1 Quebec Place, off Quebec Street, Deane, Bolton, BL3 5JW

Refreshments and light lunches are available.


Fishing is a relaxing outdoor sport. Our group is open to anybody from beginners to advanced fishers. You can come along for the excitement of the catch, or for the peaceful tranquility it can also offer. We visit lodges around Bolton.

We meet every Friday 10am - 6pm from April to November.

Meeting place: BAND, Bolton YMCA, 125 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1HA

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