Youth Bus

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The Youth Bus

The Wychavon Youth Bus provides a mobile facility for young people aged between 11-17.  It can be booked to go out to villages across the district to provide a range of activities, information and support for young people.

 

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About the Bus

  • The Youth Bus went out 80 times in 2012/13 and 117  times in 2013/14
  • Engaged with over 1000 young people in sessions, average sessions accommodating 5 – 20 
  • Been on the road 2-6  times a week, covering over 3000 miles
  • Ran additional sessions in holiday periods
  • Worked with rural villages, events and town centre activities
  • Secured Positive Activities Funding and Police and Crime Commissioner Funding to run the bus
  • Received positive feedback on the service from young people, parishes and community members
  • Been present at community events with 30 – 100 people coming on board

 

What's on the bus?

The youth bus is a converted 57 seater coach offering a seated area, tables, fridge, microwave, built in generator alongside a full respray and window tints, awning and side lights.

The youth bus offers a range of drop in style activities along with a variety of information on a range of topics and issues promoting healthy lifestyles for young people.  The bus offers a Wii, Xbox kinect, TV/ DVD, laptops and broadband alongside various art equipment, board games and much more. 

Aims of the Youth Bus

  • Provide a multi-use space for children and young people
  • Offer a variety of activities, information and support services.
  • Provide a safe place for young people predominantly in rural areas and get young people off the  streets                                                                                       
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour and respond to reports of anti-social behaviour
  • Provide a rolling program of support to villages and target areas with the most need

Workshops

As well as drop in sessions we offer a range of informal educational workshops aimed at those between 13-17years.  These cover a range of topics such as drug and alcohol awareness and sexual health.  They can also be tailored to the needs of specific groups and locations.  The bus also runs a C-Card scheme.

Sessions are planned and designed to meet the needs of young people in local areas to help improve their lives.  Workshops include involving a range of agencies to offer sessions such as health, careers, volunteering and drama and media.  The bus can also be used to help set up local youth clubs, support volunteers and new youth inititives in parishes. 

Hire costs of the bus

We currently offer two free taster sessions to villages and then the bus can be hired to parishes, local organisations and community groups.  The hire costs are mainly to cover the fuel costs of the vehicle and do not cover the actual running costs of the project.  Discounts are available for block bookings and also to charitable groups.

In Wychavon £50-100
Events (over 2 hours) £100-150
Worcestershire £150 – 250
Outside county £250+

                                                                             

Booking the bus

The bus can be booked via the online form.  It is also best to discuss your requirements with the Youth Bus Co-ordinator when planning a bus visit.  If your local group or parish council is considering booking the bus then get in touch and we can bring more information to you or arrange a visit to see the bus while it is out and about in the district.

How you can help us:

When we take the bus out into a village, town or youth club it is useful to have people in the community helping to promote and even get involved in the sessions.  Below are some of the ways you can help us:

  • Promote the bus  - Display posters, distribute leaflets and let people know about when the bus will be visiting
  • Work as a volunteer as part of the sessions
  • Update your local parish council or local community groups
  • Help to plan activities and find out what would benefit young people in the area
  • Keep people informed in the community about the progress of the bus, what young people think and if they want more visits
  • Help to set up a local youth club to provide regular provision for young people in the community.

Further Information

Youth Bus News Letter September 2016

Youth Bus News Letter July 2016

Youth Bus News Letter May 2016

Youth Bus News Letter April 2016

Youth Bus News Letter March 2016

Youth Bus News Letter February 2016

Youth Bus News Letter January 2016

Youth Bus News Letter December 2015

Youth Bus News Letter September 2015

Youth Bus News Letter July 2015

Youth Bus News Letter June 2015

Youth Bus News Letter May 2015

Young Persons Membership Form

Promotional Facebook Flyer

Promotional Flyer

Youth Bus Bookings Terms & Conditions

Scooter Safety Video 2016  - Pershore Riverside Centre and Wychavon Youth Bus

Youth Bus movie 2010 can be viewed here
(Will need Adobe Flash to view, which can be downloaded here.)

Contact:

Rob Mace
Youth Bus & Outreach Officer
Strategy & Communications
call: 0777 3031205
email: robin.mace@wychavon.gov.uk