Press Release: Xplode receives charity status

Xplode Magazine Bolton, the organisation set up to help Bolton teenagers realise their full potential through thriving teen publication Xplode Magazine has been awarded charity status by the charity commission.

Xplode Magazine Bolton, the new CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) is the town’s only charity run by young people, for young people.

The project was set up in 2011 by former Ladybridge High pupil 17-year-old Saeed Atcha with the primary object to advance the education, relieve unemployment and develop self-development and interpersonal skills of Bolton’s 12-22 year olds.

Xplode’s 28 young volunteers benefit from a package of training and support ranging from project management and communications to presentation skills and networking.

Xplode’s most recent training programme has been developed with two of the UK’s leading private sector businesses, Asda and Cineworld, who provide local training and practical work experience to the Xplode team.

The magazine showcases the writing and design skills of Bolton’s young people and covers youth culture, music, fashion, sport, entertainment, social issues and aims to promote emerging talent.

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Managing director Saeed Atcha said: “This news couldn’t have come at a better time. We’ve just announced partnerships with Cineworld and Asda and charity status will hopefully create a stronger bond with private and public sector organisations within the community. Xplode is an exciting programme for young people. It really invests in them directly with trust, support and training to develop themselves.”

Xplode is supported and funded by The Big Lottery Fund, UnLtd, O2, Santander and The Big Bolton Fund.

To check out the magazine and learn more about the organisation head to: www.xplodemag.co.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Xplode Magazine Bolton, registered charity number 1155789. Xplode is housed at The Bolton Hub and was established by a group of young people who wanted to change negative stereotypes of other youngsters.

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