youth club onboard a bus opens in town car park
brand new Highbridge youth club has been launched this week onboard
Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, Cllr Bill Hancock, Mayoress
Frances Hanock, and Town Crier Alastair Murray formally opened the
new 'Alpha Point' bus in the town's Bank Street car park.
comes after Highbridge's Gospel Tabernacle Evangelical Church group
acquired the bus, formerly used by Bristol Youth Project, for use
in the town.
is equipped with its own generator and provides wi-fi, computers,
a TV, gaming facilities, and it will be used to provide safe and
accessible support for young people in Highbridge and the surrounding
area on Friday evenings in Highbridge's Bank Street car park.
the Somerset Rural Youth Project and YMCA are providing qualified
youth workers," spokesperson Pastor Kelton Black, pictured
above, told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "They will help with running
two evening sessions."
invite volunteers to join and help with the youth activities and
driving the bus."
new initiative is a good example of what can be achieved when local
community groups work together."
Highbridge Youth Provision Network is the first of its kind in Sedgemoor
and was set up in response to the need for a co-ordinated approach,
for supporting young people to access meaningful and responsive
Bill Hancock, pictured cutting a tape to open the bus, said: "It's
a marvellous facility for local young people - I'm all in favour
of it and hope that it's well used."
a six-month trial of the Highbridge Youth Provision Network at Highbridge's
Morland Hall, funded by Knightstone Housing (now Liverty), from
January to July 2017, the network was established in order to bring
key people and stakeholders together.
the past twelve months meeting every 4 6 weeks, the network
has helped to secure funding towards carrying out consultation with
young people to find out what they want; creating 'Active communities'
funded street games being offered on a couple of estates and soon
to be offered more widely; working with the All Churches team, to
prepare and launch the Alpha Point bus.
Kelton Black added: "We want to create a mobile drop-in facility,
initially two nights a week, with the bus in the Highbridge area.
Youths will be invited aboard to enjoy the facilities on the bus
which will include six desktop computers, a large presentation TV
and group/individual gaming systems. We will have catering available
for drinks and snacks and we propose to have wi-fi available."
Point Bus will also act as 'signpost' service for young people,
helping with community information including housing, finance, health,
job search, and other social matters.
bus could also host job clubs, Community Training Courses/workshops
and other similar activities. Other community groups could apply
to have the bus available to support other community activities.
project has potential to grow and develop to serve Highbridge and
surrounding area with much wider community services. It proposes
to operate 46-48 weeks each year.
Kelton adds: "We are still looking for a secure parking space
in the Highbridge area. If any local business or company has secure
hard standing where the bus could be housed when not
in use. We need to have out of hours access, as the bus will often
be used on evenings."
Highbridge Youth Provision Network includes support from Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor
District Council, Liverty (formerly Knightstone Housing), Homes
in Sedgemoor, Shal Housing, Wilstock Hub Bridgwater, YMCA, Somerset
Rural Youth Project, Burnham Together Team, Sedgemoor Community
Partnership and local Churches.