A DRIVEN team who revamped a bus which was put into service to support Vale youngsters are enjoying a record breaking year.
Wychavon District Council’s recently modified ‘Youth Bus’ is preparing to take to the road once again after more than 2,000 eight to 17-year-olds used its services – up more than 44 per cent on the previous 12 months.
The bus began its journey in 2009 to provide leisure activities for young people in more isolated parts of the Vale and offer advice on career opportunities, sexual health and drug and alcohol awareness.
A recent £10,000 Disability Adaptations Funding grant made the bus more accessible to children with a variety of needs, through the installation of external lighting, improved folding seating and the addition of a ramp and grab handles.
The bus runs from contributions by Worcestershire County Council’s Positive Activities funding and money from the Police and Crime Commissioner, and now boasts the latest technology including a music centre, game consoles and mobile broadband.
Robin Mace, Youth Bus and outreach officer for Wychavon said: “We’re very proud of our Youth Bus and it’s a huge hit with young people which is why it continues to grow in popularity year after year.
“Our aim is to continue success in future years so even more young people can experience and benefit from what the Youth Bus has to offer.”
The Youth Bus will hit the road in Autumn visiting locations including the Littletons, Offenham, Badsey, Great Comberton, Pershore College, Fernhill Heath and Inkberrow.
Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/youthbus for more information.