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All aboard Youth Bus in Eyres Monsell

Published on Thursday, October 18, 2018

A BUS specially designed to provide a hub of activities and information for youngsters is pulling into Eyres Monsell this week.

The Youth Bus, which is run by youth outreach organisation Streetvibe, is part of a project to help tackle antisocial behaviour by engaging young people in positive activities.

Youth workers from Streetvibe will be working with youngsters aged 13-19 over the next eight weeks on various aspects of personal, educational and social development, through a programme of interactive challenges and activities.

The scheme is designed to help young people learn about themselves, others and wider society.

The Youth Bus will be opposite the Magpie Youth Centre, Sturdee Road, each Friday, from October 19 to December 14, from 6-8pm. It can cater for 20 young people at a time, but regularly involves up to 60 youngsters at a time with a range of activities in and around the site.

It is equipped with a group work and chill out area, computer suite, consultation area and driving cab, as well as music and media equipment, games consoles, laptops, projectors and sports equipment.

In addition, visitors can also access information on services and activities taking place elsewhere in the community or the wider city.

The Youth Bus is part of the latest work by Streetvibe, which is also running a six-week programme of detached youth work in locations across Eyres Monsell, taking place from 5pm to 7pm every Monday until November 19.

The six-week programme of detached youth work is funded by the Police and Crime Commission, with the Youth Bus visit resulting from work by Eyres Monsell ward councillors Virginia Cleaver and Elaine Pantling.

Cllr Cleaver said: “Streetvibe has been doing some excellent work in Eyres Monsell over the last 10 years, really helping to work with young people and get them involved in positive activities.

“It had previously received funding from the city council’s youth service, but ongoing Government cuts mean that funding is no longer available. However we have secured just over £3,000 in ward community funding to ensure this good work can continue.”

Cllr Pantling added: “There are a variety of issues which lead some young people to get involved in antisocial behaviour and the wrong mindset, and we’ve been discussing with Streetvibe the kind of work they do to help tackle this.

"The Youth Bus is a wonderful resource to get young people involved in more productive activities, alongside the wider programme of youth work taking place through our community.

“We are very lucky to have it and I hope it proves to be a success once again.”

Streetvibe’s work is the latest initiative to help reduce antisocial behaviour in the area.

In March 2018, a well-used local ball court next to the community centre in Hillsborough Road underwent a £26,000 upgrade. It is used widely by local young people and families and featured in Leicester City Football Club’s ‘Kick’ programme of events.

Streetvibe’s outreach coordinator Claire Nutting said: “We are very pleased to be back in the area and we’re looking forward to working with the young people of Eyres Monsell.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, has provided funding of £9,500 for this project.

He said: “Having visited the area earlier this week and spoken to both the police and local councillors, I’m sure that the Streetvibe bus has a vital role to play.

"It will provide young people in Eyres Monsell with an enjoyable ‘somewhere to go’ that will help to engage them, interest them and keep them safe. The project has my full support and I intend to pay a visit to it myself in the near future.”