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Youth bus service set to return to Canvey
6:00am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A MOBILE youth service could be making a welcome return to Canvey after an almost 20-year absence.
Eight churches on the island have joined forces to try to bring back the Bar N Bus Trust service to Canvey to provide young people with a safe place to socialise and seek advice.
The Christian organisation operates mobile youth buses across south Essex, which are equipped with the latest games consoles, as well as TVs, videos, a coffee bar and comfy places to relax.
They are staffed by trained volunteers who offer support with anything from employment, substance abuse and further education.
Adrian King, operations manager from the Bar N Bus Trust, said: “There is a real need for this on the island. We need to start stepping up to the mark and provide something for young people, because unless something is put on for them, there is the potential for them to get into trouble.”
Youth services on Canvey have dramatically declined in recent years after the closure of Connexions and the Images Youth Centre, in Furtherwick Road, last year.
It is hoped the service could return early next March on a weekly basis, however the churches will need to raise about £9,000 to get it started.
Susanna Offor, corps officer at the Salvation Army in Mitchells Avenue, Canvey, said: “We are really excited about this opportunity and are going to do everything we can to make it happen.
“Hopefully, by working together, wewill be able to provide something really great for young people on the island.”
Reverend Marion Walford, from St Nicholas Church, in Long Road, said: “The idea is still in its very early stages, but it will be a great way for us to reach out to young people on the island.
“If anyone would like to support us and help with the funding, that would be great.”
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