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Celebrating friendship

Celebrating friendship

Beautiful hand-made cards and messages of kindness will be delivered to residents at Adullam Homes’ projects in Bolton tomorrow – World Friendship Day - thanks to Bolton Methodist Mission.

Adullam staff invited the church to work with them in marking the day, and parishioners decided to make cards and send messages of friendship to residents at Fleet House (for single homeless women), Chorley Old Road and Muamba House (both for single homeless men), known collectively as Bolton Bridges.

The sender of one of the many letters and cards wrote: “It has been a difficult and lonely time for  lots of people living on their own, but there has also been a lot of kindness, help and support shown by so many friends and strangers in our communities, which has helped in many ways. I hope you have come across some of these acts of kindness.”

Another simply said: “Hope you are doing OK. Thinking of you on this Friendship Day.”

The first World Friendship Day was declared for July 30 in 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade, an international civil organisation that campaigns to foster a culture of peace through friendship. Years later, in 2011, July 30 was declared as the International Day of Friendship by the General Assembly of United Nations.

The growth in use of social media around the world has brought an increase in celebrating World Friendship Day and International Day of Friendship online, as well as more community activities aimed at bringing those of different backgrounds together.

In addition to the co-production with the Methodist Mission, a friendship has been struck up with Starbucks and they will be bringing drinks and sandwiches to Muamba House on Thursday to show their friendship with the project.

Adullam Operational Manager Dawn Thornber, who has helped establish the friendships, said: “Friendships are very important to us and our work, and we are overwhelmed by the responses we have received.

“The cards are so lovely and must have taken a lot of time to create, residents will be incredibly grateful. We know the donations from Starbucks will be well received too!

“We just want to say thank you to those involved, and indeed to our many other friends who are so supportive of our work throughout the year.”

Adullam Homes Housing Association provides quality housing, delivers tailored support plans, training, education and employment opportunities to help people have stable lives and realise their full potential. It takes an asset-based approach that focuses on individual and community strengths.