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Bolton’s new adult social care company is set to commence trading on Friday, July 1.

Bolton Care and Support Ltd is a not-for-profit company that provides a range of care and support for adults in the community including: supported living services; disability day care; older adults’ day care; extra care services; and the shared lives service.

At the helm is the company’s new Chief Executive, John Livesey, formerly the Acting Director of Children’s and Adult Services at Bolton Council.

John said: “I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to lead this new development for Bolton and am looking forward to building Bolton Care and Support into a successful and high quality provider of social care for local people.

“Our first priority is the safe transfer of services from the council to the company, and ensuring that the services continue to provide the high quality of care that they currently deliver. We have a great workforce who does a fantastic job in caring for our residents and we are working together to support them into the company.

“We are socially responsible company. We don’t use zero-hours contracts and everyone who works for us is paid more than the National Living Wage. We have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had to our recent recruitment drive.”

Bolton Care and Support Ltd was set up following approval in January by Bolton Council and has received support from service users and carers as a way of protecting social care services in the borough.

The company is wholly owned by the council. The Chief Executive will report to a steering committee of local councillors, whose chairman is the Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Linda Thomas.

Cllr Thomas, said: “Creating this company has provided an alternative to further outsourcing of social care services.

“Bolton Council is committed to providing high quality, life-enhancing care and we think that Bolton Care and Support provides an ideal opportunity for us to achieve this. We want the company to be innovative and to grow by developing high quality, value for money services that will meet the needs of the changing health and social care economy in Greater Manchester and beyond.”

The company headquarters will be at Thicketford House in Tonge Moor and services will be delivered throughout Bolton.

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