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Monday, 12 November 2012
Bolton School hosted the national Community Partnerships School Conference, welcoming a number of schools to share ideas and enthusiasm about Community Action.
Headmaster of the Boys’ Division Mr Philip Britton opened the conference and the keynote speech on the Friday evening was given by Tim Loughton MP, the former Children’s Minister. The event was attended by delegates from independent schools from across the country including Highgate, Tonbridge, Gordonstoun, Leeds Grammar and Canford.
The weekend celebrated partnerships between schools and the communities they serve. Other speakers included Paul Oginsky, Youth Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister, Alex Bustamante of Future Foundations; Guy Kirkpatrick, founder of the Serenity Foundation, who spoke about starting a charity; Jeremy Glover, Chief Executive at OnSide and former Bolton Lads and Girls’ Club Chief Executive; Jane Swayne, Founder and Director of the Kosovo Youth Education Trust; and Phil Mason, Chaplain of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, who spoke about their work in the community.
Delegates visited Bolton Lads and Girls’ Club, which has a worldwide reputation for its work with young people in the community. There were also a series of workshops entitled City Year, The Big Give, Student Hubs, Stop the Traffic, Open Doors, Starting Community Action, Disability Snowsport UK, Environment Workshop, Age Concern, Kids Company, Project in Africa and The Voice.
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